Did you know that more cars are sold on OfferUp than any other site? Are you in the market for a new car but just not sure where to start? We recently asked our community members for some tips on what to inspect in a vehicle before purchasing.
“Taking a car to a parking lot and doing a full turn radius few times, both left and right, can help give you feedback about axles, tie rods, boots, rack and pinion, tires etc. If you do a full turn and get any vibration, clicking or squealing sound or uneven feel, something is wrong down there.
The second is checking for vehicle that can have water damage. Check interior floorboard, inside door wells, brake and headlight casings among other places for rusted bolts or water inside areas it shouldn't be.
Once you know the car (make and model) do a quick search for recall or common problems with that particular car. Some recall issues relate to safety like airbags or brake lines. Good to be aware and ask questions of the present owners knowledge of any recall service done by the dealer.
Make sure diagnostic code hasn't been reset and dash light fuses work or are there.”
“Visual inspection, looks for things any fluids leak. Listened to the sound engine run, if sound like knock it could have damage seal, broken piston, engine problems. Take the car up to 55-60 MPH, felts steering wheel if it shakes like leaf in the wind. The car had front-end works problems like steering pump, alignment, balance tires and cv ball joint problems. Check oils dipstick, if chocolate milkshake colors water gets into the engine. Big problem if this happens, you're looking forward to spending completed engine overhaul. Look back on your rear mirrors, if white smoke comes out tailpipe engine burns oil. This is bad as well part of engine problems continue. If the car doesn't get up to speed gas filter, water in the gas tank, spark plugs, timing issue, the engine needs maintaining.”
Along with the above recommendations from our community members, OfferUp also has some suggestions for purchasing a vehicle which can be found in our Help Center here. The article from our Help Center also offers some additional resources that you can check out, including CarFax and Kelley Blue Book.
Remember, purchasing vehicles sight-unseen is never advised and is done at the buyer's own risk, so make sure you fully inspect and test drive before completing the transaction.
Did our list miss anything? We want to hear your great ideas! Be sure to share in the comments below, and don't forget to check out the Everything Autos forum!