Archive for May, 2017
Shopping for a pre-owned car can be a nerve-wracking experience. Once you have chosen the vehicle you like, you want to know as much as you can about if before you make the decision to purchase it.
The team at TLC motors has come up with the five most important questions to ask when purchasing a pre-owned car to ensure you’re getting something you’re going to be satisfied with.
5 Simple Questions With Important Answers
Can I take it for a test drive?
A test drive is the first step in seeing if you’re going to like the car. If the seller says no to a test drive, this is not a car you want to own or a person you want to buy from. The test drive gives you the chance to make sure all the basic functions of the car work properly. Listen for any strange noises, and take your hands off the wheel for a second while on a straight road and see if the car pulls to either side to check the alignment.
Do you have a vehicle history report?
Vehicle history reports such as Carfax contain invaluable information to a used car buyer. The report will let you know if the car has ever been declared undrivable by an insurance company, as well as letting you know how many people have previously owned the car. If the vehicle was formerly a fleet or rental car, that will be on the report as well. TLC Motors not only supplies a Carfax report for every vehicle, we even have a special selection of Carfax “one-owner” vehicles for sale.
Can I check the oil?
Checking the oil is one of the simplest things you can do to make sure your car is always running at peak condition, and also a convenient way to see how the car you are considering was treated by its previous owner. Simply remove the dipstick, wipe it off, and return it to the reservoir to check the level. The oil should be a golden brown color. If the oil is dark black or grainy, it is an indication the oil needs to be changed, or in some cases it may be a symptom of a larger problem.
Can I take this to my mechanic?
If anything goes wrong with your next car, your mechanic is going to be the one that has to deal with it. Bringing it to them before you purchase it gives them a chance to look it over for anything that may cause trouble down the road. While it’s easy for you to check the oil and “kick the tires” at the lot, there is a lot more that can be seen when an expert puts it up on a lift. Like with the test drive, if the seller says no to your own mechanic looking at it, walk away.
Is this the car’s original paint?
While this may sound like an unusual question, it’s a good one to ask. If the car has been repainted, that could be evidence the car was in an accident, or that it was repainted to take attention away from mechanical problems. The Carfax report shows the original color of the car. If this does not correspond to the color you are seeing, then once again, it is probably a car you don’t want to buy.
TLC Motors in Moore, South Carolina, takes the guesswork out of used car buying by only stocking high quality vehicles that have been tested and inspected before they reach the showroom floor. Visit our showroom and take a test drive today. We’ll be happy to answer any and all of your questions.
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It has often been said that nothing lasts forever, but by keeping proper care, your pre-owned vehicle from TLC Motors can last quite a long time. Cars are becoming more reliable, with the average age of a car on the road in the United States now at a record high of 11 ½ years. While you may not get 3,000,000 miles in your car like Irv Gordon did with his 1966 Volvo P1800, but with proper care, your used car can last quite a long time
A Little TLC Will Give Your Used Car More Life in Moore, SC
- Follow the Manufacturer’s Maintenance Schedule
Your owner’s manual lists the maintenance schedule designed to help your can run at optimal efficiency. While the “3 months or 3,000 miles rule” for oil changes is a good rule of thumb, many vehicles may recommend shorter or longer intervals than you might expect. Talk to a service expert or check your owner’s manual to see what will work best for your vehicle.
- Check Tire Pressure and Engine Fluids Regularly
Many of us are guilty of only checking fluids and tire pressure before a long trip, but taking ten minutes a month to do this can save you a lot of trouble down the road. Your oil, radiator overflow, power steering, and brake fluids can all easily be checked while the engine is cold. Once the engine is warmed up, take another moment to check the transmission fluid.
- Listen For Strange Noises
Clicks and squeaks can often be drowned out by your radio. Turn off the music and listen for anything out of the ordinary once in a while. Scraping or grinding brakes are indicators you need new brake pads, while squeaking can be another sign of failing brakes. If you can’t locate the source of the odd sound yourself, your mechanic should be able to find it once your car is up on a lift.
- Don’t Drive Too Aggressively
Going over the speed limit, taking turns too fast, and braking suddenly not only can cause you or others to get hurt, but these things also put undue stress on your car. According to a study by Edmunds, aggressive driving can lower your fuel efficiency by 35%.
Following these simple tips can help you get more years of enjoyment out of any used vehicle you purchase. The staff at TLC Motors can answer any questions you have about used cars, and we have a large selection at our showroom in Moore, South Carolina.