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5 signs you are looking at a bad used car

5 signs you are looking at a bad used car

Buying a car privately instead of from a dealer can be a great way to save a bit of cash but when things go wrong it can end up being a waste of time, money and your sanity. So here are our 5 indicators that the used car you are looking at is a dud.

1. The car isn't used regularly
When a car sits around without being used for long periods of time, deterioration can set in. This may result in rust forming as well as hardening and perishing of rubber or plastic components. Signs of irregular use may include a build-up of dirt and vegetation in vehicle apertures or even cobwebs! Another more obvious sign is an expired warrant of fitness or registration.

2. Leaks under the car
Looking under the car for large puddles or stains may indicate leaking fluids. If the liquid is constantly dripping, and it's not water from the air conditioning system, this could indicate repairs will be necessary now or in the near future.

3. Bad paint and body work
Bad paint and body work can be an indication of a poor quality used car. If the paint is peeling or cracking or the door panels have waves or bulges this could indicate previous damage or poor quality repairmanship. Further investigation may reveal previous serious damage to the vehicle.

4. Cracked rubber components
Take a look under the bonnet at the rubber belts and caps. Do they look faded or cracked? If they are, this could indicate lack of maintenance or operation in harsh conditions. This can be a reflection on the overall well-being of the vehicle.

5. The car is running or warm when you arrive
If the car is running or warm when you arrive, the seller could be trying to hide issues more obvious when the vehicle is cold. An older engine will make more noise when cold, making an accurate assessment of the condition easier. If you are uncertain and are still interested, arrange to come back at another time when the car is cold.


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