11 Red Flags for Used Vehicles

Planning on purchasing a used car in Chittenango, Cicero or Cortland? Used models usually cost less, but it’s crucial to be cautious since these cars have had previous owners and may not come with a warranty. Whether you’re shopping at a local dealership or buying a car online, you’ll want to look out for the following red flags before making your final decision.

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What to Look Out for When Buying Used

If you’re purchasing a used vehicle these are 11 red flags to look out for:

  • Stink: If the vehicle has a bad smell, whether in the cabin or in the trunk, it could be a sign of water damage or other issues.
  • Rust: While some rust is normal on an older model, too much rust could be a sign this vehicle is damaged.
  • New or discolored paint: If the used vehicle just got a paint job or has different colored paint throughout the exterior, then something could be covered up.
  • No inspection: Anyone selling a trusted vehicle will either provide an inspection or let you do one.
  • Different interior materials: If the interior materials or interior colors are mismatched, it’s likely something was damaged and has been re-done to cover it up.
  • No title: Never purchase a vehicle that doesn’t include a title. Period.
  • Low price: While a low price is often good for the buyer, an unbelievably low price is often a sign that the owner just wants to get rid of the car.
  • Sketchy seller: If buying a used vehicle from an individual who seems untrustworthy, chances are you don’t want to buy the car.
  • No paper trail: Never trust a vehicle that doesn’t have any history, paper trail, etc.
  • Strange sounds: When the car is running and makes strange sounds, chances are there are mechanical problems.
  • Wire transfers: If the seller is forcing you to wire money, it is a red flag.

Explore the Used Inventory at Sun Chevrolet

If you’re in the market for a used vehicle, check out the extensive inventory at Sun Chevrolet. We always have used vehicle specials on hand, and inspect each and every used car for quality so you can ensure you’re getting a top-notch vehicle. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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