What to Look Out For When Buying a Used or Pre-Owned Car | Clinton SC | Serving Laurens & Fountain Inn

What to Look Out For When Buying a Pre-Owned Vehicle in Clinton, SC

While buying a pre-owned or used car may be a better fit for your budget or lifestyle, you should be careful when considering one, as you may find bigger, more serious issues. What exactly should you watch for when looking at a used vehicle? Keep reading to learn more!

  • External Issues
  • Most used vehicles have at least a few scratches or small dents. Whether or not these flaws factor into your decision depends on your preference. However, there are more serious issues to watch out for, such as rust, when looking at a pre-owned car. You should also check that all the panels and doors match and that all lights are in working order. Although these types of problems may seem insignificant, they can indicate serious issues.

  • Internal Problems
  • Just like finding small dents or scratches on the outside of a car, you may find an occasional tear or scratch on the interior. While minor flaws may not matter to you, you should definitely look out for any broken instruments or sour smells, as these may indicate bigger issues such as a leak or electrical problem.

  • Mechanical Performance
  • Although cosmetic flaws typically aren't cause for concern, mechanical issues are more serious. Listen for issues like a slipping transmission or a whining belt when you start the engine. If you discover any mechanical issues, definitely walk away from that vehicle. You can also have a mechanic check for any problems or leaks if you're unsure.

    You should also run a Carfax report on a used vehicle. At Cooper Motor Company, we offer these reports on every used vehicle on our lot.

  • Drive Quality
  • While a used car may be in pristine condition with no mechanical issues, you may discover that you don't like the way it handles. That's a completely legitimate reason not to purchase a car! It's a good idea to test drive any vehicle to get a feel for its handling.

  • Fair Pricing
  • Another great idea is to check the vehicle's Kelley Blue Book value to get an estimate based on the year, mileage and condition.

    If you have any questions about the used car-buying process or would like to test drive any used cars, please feel free to contact us or stop by Cooper Motor Company at 305 E Main St., Clinton, SC 29325. We look forward to serving our customers from Laurens and Fountain Inn.

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