Carefully inspect the bodywork of the car, taking note of any rust spots, dents or scratches.
If you suspect that a panel have been previously repaired, ask the seller if you could use your magnet to see if it adheres to the steel body panels. If there’s been rust or other damage that’s been cut, polished off or filled in holes, your magnet won’t stick to the spot where that touch-up work has been done.
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You don’t have to be a mechanic to learn something about a car, as well as its owner, by inspecting the engine compartment.
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Check the odometer of the car for the mileage reading. This is important because the mileage indicates the car’s age and should be consistent with the advert and car’s documents. A regular driver will drive 15000 to 25000 km annually. Cars ‘age’ by both time and mileage. Buying a 10-year old car with very low odometer reading or a 2-year old car with very high km’s might not be the most sensible purchase.
» Read more: Inspect the Interior of a Used Car
When you’re in the market to buy a car, there will be some paperwork and forms to fill out in order to do the transfer of ownership and get the vehicle documented and ready for the road. This document contains information on the registration procedure and how to transfer ownership details after the sale of a car.
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