If you are planning to buy a used car, then mind it that only one test drive is not enough. After all, you are about to pay your hard-earned money, so you should at least go for two test drives to test the car in and out.
The first drive can be for your own evaluation so that you can note down the registration number and get the car history. Today, the pre-owned car market is flourishing in most of the metro cities in our country. But as a buyer, you must also be quite cautious while finalizing a car as there are high chances of getting conned. Especially when you are from metro city, it becomes more crucial to do a quality check of a pre-owned car. Basically, the quality to check in used cars in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and other cities becomes very significant as fraud cases are quite high in these cities.
When you enquire about the car history and you find everything to be fine, now it’s time to seek the help of a professional mechanic for the later checkups. So, here is a top-10 checklist while you go for at test drive in a used car.
- Examine the Tires
Closely check the tires in broad daylight. Ensure that the tires match the brand and size. Ensure that the threads are not completely worn out. And finally check if the wear is even.
- Check the Disc Brake Rotors
If the wheel has spokes, then check it from the opening from the front wheels to examine the disc brake rotors. Look if they are scored.
- Check for Fluid Leakage
Look down to check if there is any fluid leakage. Check it while the engine is on and off.
- Check for Ripples
Squat at the vehicle’s front corners and check if there are any ripples around the corners. It will help you to know if there is any indication of body repair.
- Door and Trunk Check
Check for the smooth functioning of the doors and trunks. Make sure that all of them are working smoothly.
- Check the Locks
Ensure that all the doors lock and unlock properly. For this, lock all the doors and unlock them and confirm.
- Check for Headlights and Brake Lights
Ask the owner or the salesman to be seated behind the wheels and operate the headlamps and brake lights.
- Check for Knocks and Ticks
Open the bonnet while the engine is on and listen for knocks, hisses or ticks.
- Check the Hinges
It is very important that you check the hinges and doors for rust so that you will not face any predictable damage repair after purchase.
- Check for Rust under Carpet and Trunk
Lift up the carpet and pad and check if the body is rusted.
This checklist will help you to do that groundwork in surveying your shortlisted car for test drive.