When you buy a used car from a private party, you do your research to make sure you are getting a great deal. However, you should get any car you are considering inspected before you buy. This extra precaution, which can be done by a mechanic or auto detailing expert, helps ensure you are buying a sound vehicle.
Just because a car looks sound on the outside and the engine appears to be in good repair doesn't mean you aren't potentially buying a vehicle that needs a lot of work. Here are reasons to get a car inspected before you buy a used car.
There may be flood damage
A car that has been flooded may not show any obvious signs of damage. However, a look in the trunk, underneath the car, and even in the interior along the floorboards may reveal mold, warped framework, and even rust. You can still buy a car that has been flooded, but keep in mind a lot of framework and rust removal repair will need to be done to make the vehicle sound. Electrical wiring issues may also be a concern, so have a vehicle checked out if you have suspicions.
There may be previous accident damage
You should get a detailed report about any accident history a car you're considering may have. An accident doesn't mean the car isn't worth buying, but you should look into the details of how the car was repaired. A mechanic or auto detailing professional will make sure any auto body or mechanical repairs made to a car that has been in a wreck are sound and if there are any red flags to worry about, will let you know.
If you aren't sure a car has been in an accident, but you see dents or scratches that can indicate a wreck may be in the car's history, an inspection will likely tell you for sure. This way, you can make an educated decision about whether you want to buy a car that has been in an accident or not.
There may be rodent or insect damage
A used car that hasn't been driven in a long time may have been left unattended in a field or other open space, leaving the car susceptible to insect or rodent damage. A vehicle inspection will tell you if this kind of damage is likely and will also tell you how bad any electrical and other problems are so you can decide whether a car is worth buying or not.
For more information, contact your local vehicle inspection services today.