The Top Things You Should Carefully Inspect in a New Vehicle
Many of us are careful with the vehicle we buy – of course, money doesn’t grow on trees (although how wonderful it would be if it did!), and we have to make sure that the vehicle we have our eye on passes the closest inspection. Some would say that there is no more need to inspect it if you are buying a new vehicle – on the contrary, you would have to be more careful because there are some things that are a real deal-breaker. If you want to make sure you have a good buy and can rely on the car for at least several years without any major problems coming up, here are the top things you should carefully inspect in a new vehicle.
The general inspection
We all have a fair idea of what to inspect, as some things are obvious. For instance, the car’s exterior should bear careful inspection, and you should check the doors, the windows, the paint, and the tires – each of these elements should be in excellent condition, and anything less has to be discussed with the sales representative! But you should also inspect the car’s battery and examine all the exterior parts to ensure they fit properly together and there are no issues with the joints – in other words, every seam and gap should be smooth and even. With the interior of the car, you should check the carpeting and upholstery, and if the vehicle has any nook, cranny, or seat with fabric, there should be no tears or rips, either.
But there are other things to watch out for, and if you are meticulous with your inspection, you should also take note of these. What are those? Read on to find out.
- The climate controls. It is important to test how good the climate controls are, so make it a point to try the heating and air conditioning. How fast does it get warm or cool? Also, if the car you chose has heated seating, test them, too.
- The lights. Once inside the vehicle, check the headlights – it can be easy to forget this, especially when visiting the dealership during the daytime. Don’t forget to test the blinkers and high beams, as any good dealership like Young Auto recommends. All the electrical systems and bulbs should work properly, and when it comes to the headlights, make sure they are focused correctly.
- The horn. Another thing to test would be the car’s horn and make sure it is timely and clear.
- The other components and parts. While at it, test all the car’s bells and whistles and make sure they also work properly. For example, if your vehicle has any GPS, radio, Bluetooth, or entertainment functions or any function you can adjust from the car’s control panel, check and see if it’s working properly.
- The engine. Another vital component to check is, of course, the engine, and the first thing you need to do is turn it on and keep an eye on the level of fuel and the warning lights. Then crank it and keep your ears tuned for any inconsistent or unexpected noises, especially while driving the car and parking.