Buying a used car is a smart investment if you purchase the right one. Since not all used cars are created equal, it's important to pay attention to warning signs that could indicate problems with the vehicle. Here are five deal-breakers that should make you walk away from a used automobile.
- Warning lights. Sure, you've probably driven around with your "Check Engine" light illuminated in your car once or twice, but if the used car's warning lights are on, it's a red flag that something is wrong. Although the problem could be as simple as a sensor or a tightened gas cap, it's not worth the risk.
- An unusually low price. Yes, there are good deals out there, but if you think the purchase price is too good to be true, it probably isn't a good vehicle. More often than not, a really low price indicates a seller wants to unload the vehicle quickly. Always compare the pricing with other similar makes and models.
- No title or a fake title. If you are working with a dealer who doesn't have the title of the car you want to purchase, stay away. A car title is an official document that should have the state seal and VIN number on it. You need the title to prove you own it and are legally able to sell it.
- Outstanding recalls. If a car has recalls that haven't been fixed, it could compromise the car's safety. If the seller hasn't addressed the recall, chances are, they've neglected other maintenance issues as well. The seller should always be able to provide proof that the recalls have been fixed.
- New or mismatched paint. Changes in the paint indicate repairs have been made, which could mean the car was in an accident. A seller who is trying to camouflage an accident is not someone you want to buy from. Be sure to do an up-close inspection of the paint before you buy.
If you're looking to purchase a used car from a reputable dealer, head to Hometown Auto. All used cars at Hometown Auto are thoroughly inspected to ensure you get a safe and reliable vehicle. With two convenient locations in High Point and Winston-Salem, you're never far from a good deal.