Under the Hood
- 11. Automatic or Manual: If you can’t drive a “stick shift”, it’s best to stick with automatic vehicles.
- 12. Engine Type: Do you prefer a V4, V6, V8 or V12 engine?
- 13. Drive Type: Is the vehicle a 4 Wheel Drive, All Wheel Drive or Rear Wheel Drive?
- 14. Fluid Levels: Are the fluids at the proper level and free of debris?
- 15. Belts: Do the belts appear worn or cracked?
- 16. Leaks: Take a peek at the surface underneath the vehicle. Is there any evidence of an oil or fluid leak?
- 17. Safety features: How did the car fare in the IIHS Safety test? Also, is it equipped with a backup camera, parking assist, brake assist, or any other premium safety features?
Additional Factors to Consider
- 18. Reputation of the manufacturer: Is the track record of the manufacturer a positive one? This may be difficult to determine without conducting much research, but a quick online search of industry expert and consumer reviews will do the trick
- 19. Gas mileage: If you’re on the road often, fuel efficiency is a factor you cannot afford to overlook.
- 20. Service records: Can the previous owner provide the service records?
- 21. Check the Carfax: This is a great way to get acquainted with the history of the vehicle.
A Final Thought
Pay close attention to how the vehicle rides during the test drive. And if possible, have a professional inspection conducted by the mechanic as he or she will be able to identify any major issues that could end up costing you a fortune.
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