Are you ready to make that purchase on a new (or new to you) car? If you are then you definitely want to make sure you’re keeping a few very important things in mind before you sign on the dotted line. After all, a vehicle is a very big purchase and it’s something that you’re going to be driving for a decent amount of time. It’s not just a purchase but an investment. It’s something you need to trust to work for you a few years at least. So how do you make sure of that?

Test Drive

  1.       Take It For a Test Drive.
    One of the most important things is to make sure that you actually get to drive the vehicle and see how it feels. Even a private party seller should allow you to drive the vehicle because that says they know it runs well and they believe the vehicle is going to work for you. If they don’t want you to drive the car at all that’s definitely a red flag and something you should think about walking away from. After all, what possible reason could they have for not letting you drive it that isn’t trying to hide something?


  1.       Look Under the Hood. One way you can easily see if a vehicle has been taken care of is to open up the hood. You want to look at the engine block and see if there’s any dirt or debris. In your average vehicle there will be some. You should be able to see a little something just from driving the car around. There shouldn’t be a lot of dirt or oil stains however because this shows that the vehicle hasn’t been well taken care of. If it’s too clean this says they wiped it down recently and just why did they do that? Probably because it was really dirty.

fluid level

  1.       Check the Fluid Levels.This may seem strange because, of course, you can add more fluids yourself if the vehicle needs it. The key point is that the vehicle shouldn’t need it. The fluid levels should be right about average or close to the full line. If they’re a little below that’s fine. It says they’ve driven the car since filling up the fluids and that means they didn’t top things off right before you got there. Don’t just look at how much of each fluid is present however, look at what it looks like. You’ll definitely be able to tell if it’s old and old fluid means they didn’t care for the vehicle either.

Just these few steps are going to make it a whole lot easier to pick a good quality car. No matter who you’re buying from they shouldn’t have any problem with you following these steps because they’re things that any good car buyer should be doing. They show that you know what a car needs and that you’re looking to buy from someone else who also knows what that car needs, and took care of those needs.

Once you have decided to purchase a car, consider your financing options afterwards. Learn more about New Car Canada – Car Loans For Bad Credit and decide which is the best for you.