Things To Check Before Buying A Car

Things To Check Before Buying A Car

There’s so much more that needs to be considered before buying a car. More than the looks and feels when you sit in it, there are many factors that are not very noticeable at first glance but can make owning a car a nightmare if you fail to see them.

That’s why in today’s blog, OC Auto Exchange brings you some tips and things to check before you make the final decision.

Vehicle Engine

The engine is the heart and soul of a car. Everything that the car is capable of doing comes from there and it should be one of the main things that you have to inspect. Of course, in-depth checks and testing require a professional or someone very knowledgeable about the subject. However, there are many things that you can still check that can save you money and heartache in the long run.

Oil Leaks

There’s a difference between a dirty engine and a sticky oil buildup. If you see that there are too many black or dark oil spots around the engine, that could mean that the block is leaking which can be a headache later to fix. If you test out the car, come back to it after 5 to 10 minutes and check if there are any spills under the engine area — if you see any oil drops landing on the floor, that’s probably not the car that you want.


Make sure that the belts are not cracked or look like they are about to break loose due to being worn out. While belts are not necessarily expensive and you can buy an entire vehicle belt set for fairly cheap, the problem comes at the time of putting them on. Mechanic fees can get really expensive really fast and the deeper the work is, the more hours a mechanic will have to spend on a job.

A/C Unit

If you are taking the car for a ride before making the decision (which you should do anyway) make sure to blast the air conditioner for a while to make sure that it’s working properly. There’s a big gap between the prices of fixing an air conditioner unit from a few to a couple of hundred dollars for a refrigerant/gas refill to sometimes more than $1000 depending on the model of the car.

Vehicle Exteriors

Problems with the exterior of the vehicle are much more noticeable and, sometimes, they might not be a deterrent when buying a car. However, a lot of people tend to dismiss certain body or visual damage thinking that it would be cheap to fix when the opposite is the case.

Hail Damage

Vehicles with hail damage can sometimes get really expensive to fix and make them look good again. While a few dents here and there will not be such a problem if you see the body looking like a topological map, this could turn out to be a couple of thousand dollars job. In this case, it is probably better to buy a more expensive car that’s in better shape if you are going to invest the money in fixing the damaged one no matter what.

Body Damage

Some people don’t mind a damaged exterior if they are just looking for something to take them from point A to B. If you feel like visual damage on the car that you want to buy is going to get to you, think about going for another car for sale. Buying a car is not a minor expenditure and you could feel cheated a few months or even weeks down the road if you are not liking how your vehicle looks.

Trustworthy Car Dealership Near You

At OC Auto Exchange, we pride ourselves on checking every vehicle meticulously. Our team of experienced buyers goes through extensive checklists to ensure that every vehicle that makes it to our car lot is above our expectations. If any vehicle has a minor problem or is not up to par with our quality standards, it will not make it to our dealership locations.

With OC Auto Exchange, you can rest assured that you are looking at the finest pre-owned vehicles in the area. Check out our locations or inventory and schedule a test drive today!

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