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How to identify a used car

The basics of choosing a used car that you won't regret! Points for checking the exterior (body)

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There are several criteria for choosing a used car, but many people choose a car based on its appearance, that is, its appearance. Of course, it's natural to want to drive a beautiful car, and if you're in a car that looks good, you'll love it.
One option is to decide only on the appearance, but there are still some things to keep in mind. So what should you pay attention to when buying a used car?

First think about the body type

Especially if you haven't decided which car you want to buy, especially those who buy a car for the first time will be wondering what kind of car to buy. There are many cool cars, even if they look cool. In such a case, first decide on the body type of the car to make it easier to choose.

Currently, the mainstream body types include mini vehicles, sedans, station wagons, minivans, compact cars, and SUVs (short for sport utility vehicles). And each has its strengths and weaknesses.

The characteristics of mini vehicles are that they have a small turn and low maintenance costs. There are many models with a large interior in recent mini cars, and the body color and exterior parts are also substantial. There are many models of mini vehicles that are particular about their appearance.

Compact cars are characterized by their small turning ability and good fuel economy. A compact car has a larger displacement than a light car, so it has more power than a light car. Therefore, it is suitable not only in the city but also for long-distance driving to some extent.

The minivan has a very large interior and is characterized by the ability to accommodate a large number of people. There are many luxury minivans from each manufacturer, and the range of choices is expanding. Recommended for those who want to use it with a large number of people and those who like the outdoors and want to carry a lot of luggage.

The sedan type is a body type that has merits in terms of driver's seat comfort and safety performance. There are many luxury cars in the sedan type, and many luxury cars have a cool appearance.

Station wagons and SUVs are recommended for those who want to enjoy both running and playing. Despite its large capacity in the car, it features powerful driving.
As you can see, there are various types of car appearances, so it's a good idea to first understand the characteristics of each. After that, it may be better to decide the type that suits your lifestyle before choosing.

Check the exterior

Once you have decided on the car you want from the body type, choose the car that you think is cool. One thing to keep in mind at that time is to check the exterior of the car for damage.

The most important thing is to check the appearance and exterior of the entire car. Care must be taken when the gaps between the parts of the car body are strangely open or the width is not uniform. If your car has a history of accidents, you can clean up the scratches and replace the heavily damaged parts with new ones.

However, it is very difficult to fix the damage of the car body. In particular, damage that causes the frame of the entire car to be distorted is almost impossible to completely repair. Therefore, if you feel something is wrong with the gaps in the body or the gaps between the parts, check with the dealer properly. A car with a distorted body has a problem with rigidity, and it may develop into a major breakdown later.

What you should do at the same time when checking the exterior and appearance is to check for small scratches. Relatively vulnerable areas are doors, door mirrors, and the bottom of the car (under the fenders).

Doors and door mirrors are places that get scratched when you live. Therefore, if you take a closer look, you may notice that there are small scratches. If you have a scratch that you care about, discuss it with your dealer before making a purchase. It's easy to overlook the bottom of the car and the scratches, so be sure to check it.

Other places you should check

Windshields and tires are also included in the parts that should be checked on the exterior and exterior. In fact, the windshield is also one of the relatively vulnerable places. Small items such as scratches are also a problem, but if there are large scratches or cracks, the worst vehicle inspection will not pass, so be careful.

In the same way, check the tires and wheels for scratches. The wheels are very vulnerable to scratches, so if you have a used car, you may have some scratches. Make sure you know how many scratches you can compromise on. Also, although tires are consumables, tires that are damaged or worn should be avoided from a safety standpoint.

Ask your dealer if you can get a new tire when you buy a car. If the dealer cannot guarantee the cost of the tires, it will be necessary to make a budget including the cost of tire replacement.

summary

If you buy the exterior once and embark on it, even if you discover scratches or dents later, is it the one that existed before the purchase? It is difficult to judge whether it was attached after purchase.
Therefore, the game is how carefully you can check before purchasing. In particular, scratches on the glass surface will affect the vehicle inspection, so be careful.

-How to identify a used car

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