Huge loss of value, high failure rate, high repair costs – along with the age of cars, the problems of their users change. We advise how to choose the optimal used car
Suspension status – what to check?
If we do not have access to the channel or the lift, it is enough to rock the car from the front, back, sideways, etc. In this way, we can quickly check the condition of the shock absorbers. A strong and long swaying car is a sign of used shock absorbers. When the car quickly Used cars in el cajon and efficiently returns to the starting position and stops swaying, the shock absorbers are probably in good condition. However, this is a very basic assessment and not entirely reliable. By the way, it is worth listening to knocks, creaks, and other disturbing sounds.
If we have a duct or take the car to a vehicle control station, check the looseness in the suspension, the condition of the wishbones, bolts, silent blocks, rubbers, stabilizer links, joints, and tilt sensors. We do not forget about shock absorbers, in which we check the tightness and looseness, we also look for slack and creakiness of McPherson strut bearings. By the way, check the tire wear status. If they are unevenly worn, it may indicate problems with the suspension geometry.
Meticulous control of electronics
Electronics are capricious, emergency, and expensive to repair. Even several-year-old cars have problems with them, and we are talking not only about the basic functions, i.e., electric control of windows Used cars in el cajon or mirrors, but also navigation, sound system, driving aids, or even an electric auxiliary brake.
Therefore, by controlling the car, we try to turn everything on and off. When one of the windows does not work, the problem seems trivial, but in many models, such a small fault may be related to the failure of the controller, which also watches over other functions.
Let’s also check the heating and air conditioning regardless of the time of year when we buy a car. Assurance of the seller that the air conditioning “freezes like furious you just need to fill it in” can be put between cartoons, because in addition to costly filling the factor, we can wait for expensive replacement of the condenser, controller, etc.
Test driving is a must
Any inspection, checking, and control of individual elements, even if it comes out perfectly, can be of little use when the car does not start or when the potential buyer simply doesn’t like it in the world. It is not a big secret that the cars differ radically, even within one segment. Very often, it happens that even a perfectly configured copy, in great technical condition and with a good price, will not appeal to one driver, while another will be delighted. Therefore, it is not worth giving in to extreme emotions – negative and positive – in relation to various models. Someone dreams of a Volvo S60 but has never driven it? Let them go for a visual inspection and drive at least two different specimens and do not exclude other cars from this segment. Who knows, maybe the S60 won’t ‘play,’