Used Car Work Sheet
Because private sellers are not bound to the same strict oversight as dealerships, you, to protect yourself, must adopt a scrupulous mindset when inspecting a used car of interest. To help you discern if the vehicle is worthy of buying, bring the following items with you for inspecting the vehicle:
- A notebook and pen for taking notes and recording the vehicle identification number, mileage and asking price
- Paper towels for checking the engine oil
- A small flashlight for looking under the car for leaks and corrosion
- A small magnet for detecting concealed body work
- A CD for testing the car stereo
- Inspection checklist (detailed below)
- If possible, an auto history report
With these tools in hand, run down the following checklist. To make sure you hit everything, print this page and take it with you when conducting your inspection.
- Walk away if the seller objects to your inspection
- Don't feel rushed while inspecting
- Try to get a mechanic to assess checklist results
- Use any flaws against the asking price
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