Rapid Tune provide a great service, they inspect the car that you’re thinking of buying, look at it mechanically, and give it a clean bill of health. That tick of approval can really mean a lot. This provides great peace of mind and I’d highly recommend it. While Rapid Tune is doing their inspection, there’s a few simple checks you can do on a used car yourself.
Firstly, check the owner’s manual. Look at the service history, if there’s receipt’s for services available, all the better. The better service history you’ve got, the better condition that car is going to be in. The same goes when you’re selling your car, if you’ve got a proper service history you’re going to get a lot more re-sell value for your car.
Another thing to consider and it’s often overlooked when you’re buying a used car, is how much registration is left on it. You don’t want to have the car for a couple of months and have to fork out more for another year’s registration. Body repair’s are very good on cars these days and it’s very hard to tell if a car has been repaired, accident damage is so hard to tell on new cars. What you can do though is some very simple tests, just have a look around the car and make sure the colour of the paint on all the panels matches. Stand back, have a look at the car, if the panels are different colours or just a slightly different shade of colour, then clearly it has probably had a bit of repair work done. If the car’s got window tinting, just make sure that the window tinting is in good condition, that it’s not bubbling up anywhere and it’s stuck down in all the corners of the windows. Also, make sure that the window tint is legal, not illegal. If it’s too dark, you’ll just end up in trouble with the police.
Something that’s very simple but often overlooked, check the spare wheel of the car. Is there a spare wheel? Does it match the car? Does it have a jack? And does it have the tools that go with it? Something worth considering because they’re very expensive to buy afterwards. So once you’ve got all this info, go and crunch your deal!