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What to Look for When Purchasing a Used Car

"Key" by mastersenaiper via Pixabay (Public Domain CC 2.0)

Key” by mastersenaiper via Pixabay (Public Domain CC 2.0)

New cars aren’t for everybody. Some can’t afford the high price, others don’t like how quickly new cars depreciate. No matter what the reason is, used cars are a great option for those who need a new car without the expensive price tag. While used cars are a sensible option, you simply can’t purchase the first one you see. Research and time goes into choosing your new “new used” car, and we here at Irvine Auto Center near Lake Forest, CA have a huge selection of used vehicles to choose from. Here are some tips on what to look for when purchasing a used car.

Look at Interior and Exterior Quality

The inside and outside of the car plays a huge role in its value. The better the condition the car is in the higher the chance that it was taken care of. Used cars are more than likely going to have some repairs done by the previous owner, but you want to make sure they were done properly. Good repairs will barely be visible. Look under the hood; avoid cars that have dirty and rusted parts as that is a warning of trouble ahead. Always have a mechanic inspect any used vehicle you are considering. Used cars here at Irvine Auto Center are inspected, so you can have peace of mind there.

Look for Leaks

Fluid leaks are one of the biggest issues with used cars. Before purchasing a used car you want to look for any leaking fluid. To do this you must perform a leak test. Take the car on a test drive, during the test drive park the car in a clean area. Allow the car to idle for at least 30 seconds, move the car to another spot and look for any fluid left behind.

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

Certified pre-owned vehicles are a great choice when purchasing a used car because it provides you with reassurance. Certified pre-owned vehicles have been thoroughly looked over by the dealership and often come equipped with an extended warranty.

Test Drive Used Vehicles near Fountain Valley, CA

If you live in or around the Orange County area and are in the market for a used car, Irvine Auto Center has you covered. We have a huge selection of new and used vehicles from all different makes to choose from. Our dealerships are friendly and welcoming places with knowledgeable sales staff that can help you make the right decision. Come on to test drive used vehicles in Irvine, CA today!


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