What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Unless you’re a certified mechanic, you may not feel confident saying that you know what to look for when buying a used car. Our customers know that our dealership is the place to go in the Harrisonville area for great deals on used cars, so we’ve put together a checklist of things to look for in a used car, as well as a list of what to ask when buying a used car.



What to Look for When Buying a Used Car – A Used Car Buying Checklist

It can be hard to remember everything you should check when examining a used car. That’s why we recommend having a used car buying checklist, like the one below:

What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

  • Dents and scratches on the exterior
  • Signs of rust
  • Cracks in glass
  • How well the doors, windows, trunk, and hood open and close
  • If the lights work
  • Vehicle maintenance record
  • Mileage history report
  • If the car has a musty odor on the inside
  • Condition of hoses and belts
  • Engine fluids like oil and transmission fluid
  • If there is black or greasy residue on the tailpipe
  • How it performs in a test drive
  • What consumer reviews say about this make and model

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

There are only so many things you see when checking over a car yourself. That’s why it’s important to know what to ask when buying a used car:

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • Do you have the title on hand?
  • Is the car sold as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?
  • What is the “out-the-door” price of the vehicle, including taxes and dealer’s fees?

Test Drive the Reliable Used Cars at Show Me Auto Mall of Harrisonville

We have a wide selection of quality pre-owned cars on our lot. Why not come down and take a few for a test drive? And, if you’d like to learn more, check out our other car buying tips and automotive research. We’re just down the road from Belton, so drop by or contact us today.


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