Buying a Used Vehicle: Expert Exterior Inspection Guide

Buying Used Vehicle in AucklandIt’s safe to say that some older vehicles will have one or more issues, but whether you should be majorly concerned with it will depend on where it’s located and how damaged it is. Learn how to check a vehicle’s exterior with these expert tips.

Looking for Rust

Look for indications of structural corrosion because this could be potentially dangerous. This will likewise fail a WOF (warrant of fitness) inspection, plus repairs are sure to be pricey. Rust on the body of the vehicle is likewise an issue. Check if there’s bubbling paint and filler, which could mask rust issues. Use a magnet to spot filler and if the magnet doesn’t stick, there’s filler. But note that this magnet test isn’t always accurate since some fillers could be already mixed with iron dust. Additionally, check for rust under carpets, inside the door of the petrol cap, spare tyre area, bootliner, mountings for the steering wheel and weight-bearing components.

The Paintwork

Note that recent paintwork could hide some issues so conduct the magnet test to see if there’s rust underneath. You should also check if there’s varying colour shades in different parts or if there’s rippled finish.

All Tyres

Look at all tyres and don’t forget the spare. Legal requirements state that treads should be 1.5mm deep minimum, across ¾ of the pattern of the tread surrounding the tyre. See if there’s uneven wear on the tyres, adds a car sales specialist in Auckland, since this could point to a possible issue with alignment, suspension or steering.

The Shock Absorbers

Stand at the vehicle’s corner. Begin by pushing it down and up to get some rhythmic motion going on and then stop. If the vehicle does not stop along with you or if you can’t get the vehicle to move at all, it may have worn shocks. Do this on all corners. You should also conduct this on every corner. Next, look at the whole vehicle; does it sag to one side, back, or front? Sagging indicates defective shock absorbers or springs.

The Exhaust System

Check all brittle or soft areas where putty may be used. Gun the engine and hold up a rag-covered hand for blocking the exhaust pipe. Your hand should be blown away if the system is properly working, otherwise, there could be a hazardous leak.

The Panels

Start by opening and shutting all doors, the boot, and bonnet to make certain that they move smoothly and are properly aligned. Do this for all the windows as well.

Whether you’re purchasing a top-of-the-line sedan, an SUV or UTE, make sure to conduct these exterior checks to avoid hassles and costly repairs.