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Purchasing a vehicle.

  • So this is my take of purchasing a automotive thing of things. When your in the market to purchase a vehicle many things should be considered and is true for all vehicles whether it many be a classic, new, or pre-owned. Usually for me it's the engine cause let's face it without it your not going any where, but this is usually based on your preference and if you got other things in mind and the know how. For the every day person usually it's going to be a newer vehicle with low millage and normal wear and tear. Sounds reasonable right, so from there if one has time you should see if there is a car fax or some sort of information that will help you make decision, it's only fair. If not I'd do a through walk around tapping the body to see if there is any signs of body work which is a sign of some sort of collision. Usually any metal without body work will have a slight ding when tapping, whereas body work will have more of a dull sound which sounds like there is something behind the paint and will have a dull thump. Most people like to put fresh paint before a sale to make it look nice and pretty and this holds true for any vehicle. I've personally went out with someone to purchase a classic vehicle only to find out the body was full of bondo and rust that was really well hidden so you could imagine what was behind it all. It pretty much went from bad to worst once the restoration started and this amounts to more work and money, sad but true. Anyways , If you can tell the difference, these are signs of either rust or a straight out crash. Next would be electrical, tires, interior, brakes and if possible up keep records. Older model cars should have the same approach cause after all any vehicles aren't cheap and once you made a purchase most the time you assume the another person's headache. Personally I'd rather have a person that has an eye for these kinds of things, and personally I'd take a good mechanic. After all, the choice is yours and it's your money to spend.