Dress in old clothes and give the car a good going-over. You can learn a great deal just by using your eyes, ears, and nose. Take along a friend for help. Do your inspection in broad daylight on a dry day as floodlighted lots can make cars look shiny and hide body defects. Body condition. Check each body panel and the roof, looking for scratches, dents, and rust.
Examine the lines of the fenders and doors. Misaligned panels or large gaps can indicate either sloppy assembly at the factory or shoddy repair. The paint color and finish should be the same on every body panel.
If other parts of the car have been repainted, there may be paint adhering to the rubber seals around the hood and trunk lid. Minor cosmetic flaws and light scratches are no cause for concern, but rust is. Check the outer body for blistered paint or rust. Also inspect the wheel wells, the rocker panels beneath the doors, and the door bottoms. Bring a flashlight for looking inside the wheel wells for rust.
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Open and close each door, the hood, and the trunk. If it seems loose on its hinges, the car has seen hard or long use. Inspect any rubber seal for tearing or rot. Look carefully at the vehicle glass to make sure there are no cracks or large, pocked areas. But cracks in the windshield will worsen and lead to a costly repair.
Bounce each corner up and down. Grab the top of each front tire and tug it back and forth.
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If you feel play in it or hear a clunking or ticking sound, the wheel bearings or suspension joints may be shot. Lights and lenses. Have a friend confirm that all lights are working.
Make sure all light lenses and reflectors are intact and not cracked, fogged with moisture, or missing. You can tell a lot from the tires. A car with less than, say, 20, miles on the odometer should probably still have its original tires. Also check that all four tires are the same.
Any different tires may show that they have been replaced. Tread wear should be even across the width of the tread and the same on the left and right sides of the car.
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Ask if the tires have been regularly rotated. If not, the wear is usually more severe on the drive wheels. Aggressive drivers tend to put heavy wear on the outside shoulder of the front tires, at the edge of the sidewall. Assume that the car has been driven hard if that area shows heavier wear. Tires that have been driven while overinflated tend to wear more in the middle than on the sides.
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Chronically underinflated tires show more wear on the sides. Check the tread depth with a tread-depth tool available at auto-parts stores or a quarter. If you can see the top of his head, the tire should be replaced. Examine the sidewalls for scuffing, cracks, or bulges, and look on the edge of each rim for dents or cracks.
And be sure to check that the spare is in good shape and that the proper jack and lug wrench are present. When you first open the car door, sniff the interior. A musty, moldy, or mildewy smell could indicate water leaks.
Remove the floor mats and check for wet spots on the carpet. An acrid smell may indicate that the car was used by a smoker. Some odors, such as mold or smoke, can be very hard to get rid of. Try out all the seats even though you may not plan to sit in the rear. Try all the seat adjustments to make sure they work properly and that you can find a good driving position. The rubber on the brake, clutch, and gas pedals gives an indication of use. Instruments and controls. Note if the engine is hard to start when cold and if it idles smoothly. Then try out every switch, button, and lever. With the engine running, turn on the heater full blast to see how hot it gets, and how quickly.
Switch on the air conditioning and make sure it quickly blows cold. Sound system. Check radio reception on AM and FM. If there is a CD player, try loading and ejecting a disc. If you plan on using an MP3 player or an iPod in the car, bring that along and test out the connection if there is one. Check the headliner and roof trim for stains or sags to see if water is leaking through the sunroof, ill-fitting doors, or windows.
If equipped with a sunroof or moonroof, check to see if it opens and closes properly and seals well when shut. Inspect the convertible top for tears by shining a flashlight up into it. Use your nose as well as your eyes. Sniff and look for signs of water entry. See if the carpeting feels wet or smells musty, and check the spare-tire well for water or rust. Look first at the general condition of the engine bay.
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