Buying Used Hyundai – Checklist
When purchasing a used Hyundai, it is crucial that you give it a thorough examination and take it for a test drive.
This is to ensure that the automobile is of a high standard and that you are getting a good deal.
It can be difficult to know what to look for, but following these steps will help you to identify any issues.
Tips on buying a used Hyundai vehicle
- Exterior – Firstly, you will want to examine the bodywork of the car. Make sure that this is in good light and be thorough with your examination. Keep a look out for rust, repainting, the condition of the wheel arches and replacement panels. Dents and dings may be visible and this could give you a good negotiating position.
- Wheels and tyres – Check the four wheels and the spare for any sign of damage, which could include large dents and bent wheels. Grazes are common and not a major issue. Next, the tyres should be examined to ensure that they are not split, cut or have any bulges (if they do, they need replacing).
- Under the bonnet – Look for leaks (check underneath the car too) as this will require repair work. Check the oil level and coolant to make sure they are the right colour – you can also rev the engine and check for any blue or black smoke coming from the exhaust. The head gasket should also be checked.
- Gearbox and clutch – Make sure that every gear engages smoothly and quietly. The biting point should be halfway through the pedal’s travel – any further than this and the clutch will require maintenance.
- Interior – Look for rips or tears in the upholstery, burns in the seats and make sure all of the equipment works. The condition will be a direct reflection of the car’s age and whether the mileage is accurate. You should also check the electronics and mileage and warning lights.
- Open and close doors – Ensure every door opens and shuts smoothly and examine the rubber seals for signs of paint (an indicator of crash repairs).
- Test drive – Take the vehicle out to test its performance and ensure you are comfortable driving it.
- Documentation – Ask to see the used car documentation as this will check the history and make sure that everything adds up. Reputable used car dealerships, like Unbeatable Car, will have all the information you need, but you may want to request a vehicle history check too.
- Mechanic’s check – Ask a mechanic to look over the vehicle – this will guarantee it is of a high standard and safe to drive.
- Negotiate – If you are happy, negotiate a fair price. You should establish a budget beforehand and research what other used models are selling for and start from there.