The following are the very important things that must be rigourously observed when you presumably an average person without any form of technical automotive knowledge wants to buy an automobile.
let the aesthetic,that's the shimmering or sexy look of the car fool
you. Usually, vehicles prepared for sale are deliberately burnished to
2.Be very observant, immediately you turn the key
on(just simply by turning the key one stroke, no cranking sound yet and
the engine isn't working yet), make sure that all the images on the
dashboard are lighted up. Why? Some Smart Alec car sellers sometimes
remove or tape over the bulbs, inside the dashboard, of the warning
3. As soon as the engine is cranked within a few seconds,
it must not be up to a minute, the entire dashboard signs' lights must
4. If you notice the CHECK ENGINE light going off simultaneously with the ALTERNATOR light and/or the OIL PRESSURE,then something is wrong.
the engine has been cranked and is running at idle, the person/s in the
vehicle must not feel any discernible vibration. If you feel any form
of vibration, it's either bad engine mounts/s, or bad transmission mount
or the engine is misfiring.
6. If the vehicle has an automatic
transmission system,simply engage the gear with your foot firmly on the
brake pedal, you must not feel any sudden shudder or jerking. It should
be a smooth engagement with the vehicle simply trying to move in the
direction("" forward and "R" backward) of the gear engaged.
If all the above observations have been satisfactorily met, while the
vehicle's still running smoothly in idle, put on the AC(air
conditioner). The needle on (or counter of) the RPM guage must still
remain at the same position, allowing for maximum of fifty, over or
below(not up to a movement between two stroke marks of the RPM guage).
This is a good load test on the engine.
8.Before you make any payment
for, or on, the vehicle: look through the lower region of the
automobile's windscreen, literally in front of the steering wheel, or on
the door frame of the driver's side, for the 17-digit VIN (Vehicle
Identification Number)log on to http://www.carfax.com/, to get the vehicle history( service,ownership;incident-like accident/s etc).
you are happy with the report and all observational and physical test
explained above, satisfied, you can then pay for the car.