Two essential tips for buyers of used cars

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We all love to think we’ve just bagged a bargain when we drive away in a second-hand vehicle. But for all intents and purposes should we really be so smug about our seemingly perfect purchase? A car, like any other commodity can be internally defective and these flaws can be cleverly camouflaged. Ideally, when buying a second-hand car, it’s advised to bring along a fully trained mechanic. As most of us don’t have one at our disposal, we can be tempted into parting with our hard-earned cash by making a decision based on appearance alone. As soon as you buy a used car, it’s recommended that you immediately head straight to your local garage to have it checked over. If that’s not possible, there are some general things you can do yourself once the sale is finalized.

Tired tires

A used car will have clocked up many miles, and there’s a variety of ways to disguise the real figure. You may have been told during the sales pitch that they’ve been through a safety inspection but it’s folly to take this for granted. It’s wise to check the thread depth as well as air pressure to make sure all is aligned as it should be. Look out for any signs of dry cracking. These cracks can be large or small and usually appear when tires begin to lose their pliability. If there are significant cracks present, it can indicate the tires are at least five years old. It’s also easy to overlook odd tires that look the same which can cause traction problems and make for bumpy driving. If you detect mismatched tires or wear and tear, you should buy new ones immediately.

Filters and fluids

Brake fluids absorb water naturally. As the fluid soaks up extra moisture, it begins to thicken over time which makes brakes susceptible to heat and corrosion. A drop, or rise in the temperature of brake fluids can mess with the effectiveness of brake capacity. It’s best to replace brake fluid immediately for obvious safety reasons. An oil and transmission fluid change is also highly recommended for the same reasons. Most cars have air filters that are usually found in the ventilation system and are typically tucked behind the glove compartment. These filters attract dust and dirt and can become clogged with leaves and dead insects. If they’re not worth cleaning, invest in new ones. Free-flowing air is vital for good engine performance.