Let’s buy a Discontinued car. I have bought and sold well over 1000 vehicles. Here is what I look for:
First, establish what type of car you need. Example: if you like to camp and take your two big dogs along, then a Corvette isn’t the car for you. Research everything about the cars you like; prices, current ads, and owner reviews. Once you have established what you want to buy and you have found a vehicle for sale, I do the following.
What To Do With The Discontinued Car?
1) As I walk towards the car, I look at the body panels and how they align with each other. If a door gap is large or tight or tapers, that alerts me to check that area for previous damage.
2) I look at the paint, and if there are any subtle differences between one space and another, this may also indicate previous damage.
3) Do the tires and hubcaps and wheels match. If not, then the owner has probably started taking less care of the vehicle. When they all match, that says to me that the owner cares about the car. And presumably, he cares about the maintenance as well.
4) BEFORE starting the vehicle, check the following:
. All fluid levels
. Tire tread
. Check that ALL the lights work, headlights, turn signals, brake lights
. Check the wipers and washers
5) Have the owner start the car as you stand outside with the hood open and LISTEN to the engine. Are there any tricks or knocks when the engine first starts? If there are noises, those are warning sounds.
If everything checks out at this point. Get in the car and check for the operation inside of the following.”
. Power features; seats, windows, locks, trunk release, gas tank lid release
Few More Basic Things To Know
7) Seated inside the car check the heater and air-conditioning and use all the switches to make sure the accessories work
If this inspection pass lets drive
8) Does the cargo straight down the road without wandering left or right
9) Does it brake without pulling to the left or right or making a grinding noise
10) Does it accelerate smoothly
11) Is there any smoke of any color coming from the exhaust
12) Does the cruise control or four-wheel drive work
13) Is there any warning lights on; check engine, AABS
14) Do all the gauges work ( This is a priority )
15) Drive far enough to get the car well warmed up. At least 10 miles and at all speeds from 25mpg to 65mpg highway speeds.
16) You can ask the seller for a CAR-FAX or some other vehicle check. Some sellers have that already, and others may not. You can order a report yourself, and this will give you more information. I don’t think this is necessary, but it can be info to help you decide.
17) If you are unsure at this point, ask the owner if he will meet you at a PROFESSIONAL REPAIR SHOP and that you will pay for a pre-purchase inspection. It is cheap insurance to give you peace of mind about your purchase.
If all this goes well, it’s time to settle on a price and buy a car.