Are you in the market for a new set of wheels? Buying a used vehicle can be a daunting task, but Oakland Insurance is here to help ease your mind on the situation, check out these auto and driver risk management tips before purchasing your new, or, new to you vehicle.
- Excessive wear and tear in the interior, regardless of what the odometer says, is a clue that the care has seen some miles.
- Damp, musty odors are indications of leaks in the windshield, weather stripping or heater core
- Cars that ride lower in the front as compared to the back indicate worn springs
- Vehicles that bounce when pushed on indicate worn shocks and struts
- Tires with worn outer edges from the front end represent the need for an alignment
- Clanking noises when the vehicle is in gear point towards a problem with the drive shaft universal joints
- Repainted body panels. Check this by looking at the colors of adjoining panels to see if the match the front fender
- Motor oil that is not full indicated that the engine may be burning or leaking oil
- Knocking and ticking sounds that increase as the engine speed increases represents major problems and costly repairs
- Banging, grinding or squeaking noises indicates a damaged or broken transmission mount
Do not be fooled by the mileage on the odometer! To see if the instruments have been tampered with, look for fingerprints or scratches inside the plastic covering. Mile numbers that don’t line up properly on the odometer offer another fraud clue. This may be a crude attempt at getting you to buy a vehicle that has far more miles (and headaches) than what the low mileage would suggest.