At Buy Here, Here Car Lots, we do a Hood Inspection on Used Cars

When you inspect vehicles at buy here, pay here dealerships your eyes are your best asset. You should inspect the vehicles when they are still on their stands and the engines are still warm. All used cars will have wear-and-tear. But some affect the vehicles’ feel, while others can lead to expensive repairs. It is important to inspect the vehicles in order to avoid costly repairs later. You can, however, still enjoy the vehicles and use Buy Here Pay Here as bargaining points to reduce their prices.

Tip #1 – Smell it to find signs that the vehicle was damaged by water or is rotting.

Tip #2 – Make sure the hood opens freely and without any squeaking.

Tip #3 – Look for pride in ownership by simply checking if the hood prop has been missing.

Tip #4. Leaves caught in the hinges or on the hood cover could indicate that your vehicle has been sitting around for a while, which could be dangerous.

Tip 5: Check for fluid leaks at the edges of mechanical parts.

Tip #6. Make sure to check if the drive belts need replacing.

Tip 7: Check for battery corrosion. The age on the battery can be indicated. Batteries last about 4-5 years and then need to be replaced.

Tip 8: Search for chewed tubing.

Tip 9: Give the coolant a spin to check if the fan spins freely.

Tip 10: Check for leaks on the radiator cap at cold temperatures to determine if the vehicle has been subject to excessive heating. This is a red flag if it runs out of radiator oil.

Tip #11 is to check the windshield wiper reservoir.

Tip #22: Make sure your fuel filter is clean and not deteriorating.

Tip #13: Check fluids:

Coolant: Look for color, cleanliness and amount.

Oil – Take the dip-stick out, clean it to remove corrosion, and then dip it in again to determine the oil level. An oil that is darker would be harmful to the vehicle and indicate that it has not been changed for a while.

Brake fluid reservoir: Fluid should be changed regularly. A low level could indicate worn front brake pads and worn actual brakes.

Power steering fluid: Check the amount using both the hot- and cold lines.

Transmission fluid – There are a few dip-sticks that have both hot and cold markings. But it is the one that you should check hot after a test drive. Honda is an exception. The engine should be on but the car off, while transmission fluid should be hot. It should be pink, and at the required mark. It’s bad if it’s yellow with bubbles, or has a low mark.

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