Used Car Buyer's Checklist in DeLand, FL

If you want to save on your next vehicle purchase, buying
used is a great idea. However, there are several added factors to keep in mind while searching for your next vehicle, especially when it comes to history and reliability. At DeLand Kia, we want you to be informed about what to look for during your search, so keep reading to learn more.

Do Your Research

Before beginning your search for a vehicle, decide if there is a certain type of car, truck or SUV that you need. By choosing what type of vehicle to look for, you'll have a more specific list of items to inspect. When researching the vehicle, find out what the common problems are for the models you are considering.


Exterior Checks

You should always check the condition of the car's body. Walk around the vehicle and look for any scratches, dents or rust. You should also check out the body panels. Everything should line up evenly, and the doors, hood and trunk should be able to open and close. While walking around your vehicle, inspect the tires, too. They should all be the same brand, and they should be in solid conditions (i.e. no cracks, bulges, scuffing or bad tread). Lastly, be sure to check the lights, which should all function properly. They should also have no cracks or any damage, as well as show no signs of moisture.


Interior Checks

When inspecting the inside of the vehicle, one of the most important things to check for is any odors. If the vehicle smells like mold, must or mildew, that could indicate a water leak or flood damage. Also, be sure to check the seats for any wear or any tears in the upholstery. Ensure the seats work properly and that you can move the driver's seat into a comfortable position for you. Always test out the controls and instruments to check that they are functioning correctly. Finally, take a peek at the roof to look for any signs of stains or water leaks through a sunroof or window.


Under the Hood

When you lift the hood to look under it, check the belts, hoses, fluids, oil and transmission fluid. Everything should be at the proper level, and there should be no cracks, leaks or water. You should also check beneath the vehicle for any leaks.


The Test Drive

One of the most crucial parts of your inspection is the test drive. When starting the engine, note how long it takes the car to start and listen for any odd sounds. Take the vehicle on a variety of roads so you can test it at different speeds. Additionally, note if the transmission shifts smoothly and if the brakes provide strong stopping power without pulling the vehicle to either side.


Paperwork and Mechanic's Inspection

Before closing the deal on the car, truck or SUV, obtain the vehicle identification number (VIN) and run a Vehicle History Report. Most dealers will provide a report on all of their used vehicles. You should also have a trusted repair shop thoroughly inspect the vehicle before you purchase it.


If you have any questions about what you need to do before buying a used car or would like to test-drive any used cars, please feel free to contact us or stop by DeLand Kia at 2322 S. Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL 32720. We look forward to serving our customers from Deltona, Dayton and Orlando.