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We all know that buying a used car can be a frustrating and long process. But, thankfully our partner, Thrifty Car Sales in Easton, has come up with 10 steps that can help when buying a used car that should make the process a lot less painful.

  1. Visual Examination- The body should appear even. All doors and the trunk lid, should open and close with ease. Check for rust. Check the tires.
  2. Under The Hood - Check all hoses and examine the battery for leaks. Belts should be checked to make sure they are not worn and/or cracked.

  3. Electrical System – Start the engine and check all accessories one at a time as follows: the gauges, instruments, radio, heater, air conditioner and windshield wipers. Blow the horn. Then, check the dome light, headlights, parking lights, turn signals and back-up lights. Also, check air-bags.

  4. Trunk - Open the trunk and check the spare tire. If it’s worn unevenly or is cupped, something may be wrong with the front end. Make sure the car has a jack, and that it is in good working order.

  5. Springs And Shocks - Push down on the corners of the car, front and back. If the car bounces up and down several times, the shock absorbers are worn. Stand back some distance from the car and see if it is level.

  6. Interior - Examine the upholstery, safety belts and carpeting; if the seats have covers, look under them. Turn on the ignition and check warning lights on the dash.

  7. The Engine - Watch for excessive smoke out of the rear end. If the smoke is heavy or puffing, it indicates excessive wear.

  8. Drive Shaft And Rear End - Take the car out on the road, examining the drive shaft and rear end. Drive the car at a speed of approximately 35 miles per hour. Listen for rear end whines.

  9. Steering System - Find a straight, level stretch of road or an expressway, and hold the steering wheel lightly. If the car consistently pulls to the left or right, you have a problem.

  10. The Brakes – For the final step, drive between 30 and 40 miles per hour and apply the brakes three or four times. If you get a consistent pull, either left or right, there is a problem. Finally, slow down to a speed of about 5 miles per hour and apply slight pressure on the brake pedal.

If you have any questions about buying a used car please contact our partner, Thrifty Car Sales in Easton. You can visit them on the web or give them a call at 610 438 0285.

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