In your approach to buying a used car, before you even think about its financing or auto loan, you must agree to a test to check the integrity of the vehicle with the owner, but also to examine it. After the outside, what should be checked in the cockpit? From the controls to the seats to the trunk, do not miss any of the following steps.
Inside, you will have to try the main electronic controls to not be surprised just after leaving with your new acquisition.
Test door locks, steering wheel settings, mirrors and seats (deep, sometimes in height, and even electric), then climate controls by activating cold and heat. In some high-end models, this one is bizone, even more. Check the air sent to the different seats.
Follow the wire of electronics
Then browse the multimedia system to ensure overall smooth operation and fluidity. Continue with the main functions like music playback, which will allow you to test the audio system and the radio (proving that the antenna has no defect).
Models have always more connections of all kinds. Do not forget to bring with you something to test the auxiliary / USB jacks, Bluetooth, or even the integrated Wi-Fi terminal. Some vehicles have smartphone compatibility by displaying applications on the embedded system. This can be Apple CarPlay for iPhone, Android Auto for others, or the rarest Mirror Screen, or all three at once. Even more exceptional, some upscale models are accompanied by wireless or induction charging for your phones.
If GPS-integrated navigation is included, quickly start a trip simulation to check the speed of the touch screen or advanced voice-like features. For older or equipped cars, check the on-board computer or the built-in car radio, sometimes with a CD player.
In a state of siege
Once the electronics are checked, look at the overall condition of the materials around you, such as the dashboard plastics or fabrics, as well as the interior rearview mirror, sun visors, glove box and lights. ceiling.
Then examine the passenger and rear seats, the head restraints, the seat belts, the various compartments of the cockpit, the doorframes, the carpets (look below, you never know), then the trunk. Remember to fold the rear seat (if it is not fixed) by checking the condition of the rear shelf and the wear of the covers. Do not forget to check the hatch giving access to certain equipment remaining in the vehicle (puncture kit, jack, etc.) or to the possible spare wheel to be in a new condition.
You have finally checked the exterior and all the interior elements of your possible next used car. Ready to get behind the wheel to try it then to conclude the purchase? Not so fast, you will also have to do a quick review of the mechanics to make sure the engine and vital parts are in good shape.