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What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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You’re probably not a mechanic. Most Houma drivers aren’t. So, how should you know what to look for when buying a used car? The truth is there are a several things anyone, regardless of how much they know about auto mechanics, can check on a car they’re considering to buy. We want you to make an informed choice, so we’ve put together the checklist below. We also talk about what to ask when buying a used car.

What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

You need a car that’s not going to break down on you during your Thibodaux commute. Here’s a checklist of things to look at on a pre-owned car your thinking about buying:

What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

  • Dents and scratches on the exterior
  • Signs of rust
  • Cracks in the glass
  • How well the doors, windows, trunk, and hood open and close
  • If the lights work
  • Vehicle maintenance record
  • Mileage history report
  • If the car has a musty odor on the inside
  • Condition of hoses and belts
  • Engine fluids like oil and transmission fluid
  • If there is black or greasy residue on the tailpipe
  • How it performs in a test drive
  • What consumer reviews say about this make and model

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

What you can visually see on a car doesn’t cover everything you need to know about it. How well was it maintained? Has it been in an accident? These are only things you can learn if you ask. Ask these questions when you’re shopping for a used car:

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • Do you have the title in hand?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?
  • What is the “out-the-door” price of the vehicle, including taxes and dealer’s fees?

Come See the Used Cars at Morgan City Toyota of Morgan City

Did you know you can eliminate a lot of the worry if you buy a certified pre-owned car? We have a wide variety of certified pre-owned and used cars to choose from. Come test drive one. And be sure to take advantage of our pre-owned vehicle specials. We’re just down the road from Lafayette. So, swing by or give us a call today!


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