Automotive consulting: How do you evaluate a used car at the time of purchase?

Buying a new or used car always involves risks. How can you predict that it will not have a breakdown or heavy maintenance anytime soon? Another constant trap is the fraud of “making up” the vehicle to make a valued sale. That is, the seller reduces mileage or hides defects so as not to take responsibility for the problems.

Search the owner’s profile and have a clinical look at the ad

Be wary of abusive facilities such as a price well below the market average. Take a good look at the photos, looking for details such as originality, condition of the seats, steering wheel and other finishes. Research the owner and feel free to request information such as a photo of the owner’s and maintenance manual, copy of invoices for services performed and even a video showing the vehicle in detail. 

Visiting the vehicle

There are people who want to Sell Exotic Cars in Atlanta GA. It is your duty to evaluate each aspect closely. First, control your anxiety. Buying a car messes with our emotions and enthusiasm takes away our vision of what we really have to analyze. To make it easier, we will score all the items that anyone can inspect.


Always require the car to be clean and in a place with good natural lighting. Look for differences in color, alignment of the pieces, corners with a run-off of paint and even leftover bodywork material, such as polishing paste or wax.

Wheels and tires

See the manufacturer’s brand of the four tires, size and wear. Tires with uneven wear indicate suspension or structural problems. For vehicles without a spare tire, pay attention to the run flat tires. In addition to needing special attention, as if there are bubbles, they cost much more than conventional ones and this can result in a loss soon after purchase.

Headlights and Glasses

Check if the headlights are original and look for the manufacture on them, as it has to match the year of the vehicle. If there is a date after manufacture, it may be an indication of frontal crash. The windows must contain the same chassis number as the vehicle document.

Finishes and upholstery

The interior portrays how the owner takes care of the vehicle. Watch out for torn seats and damp marks. Poorly fitted finishes, oxidized screws and seat rails, and dirt marks in corners can indicate a flood recovery.


Most cars equipped with airbags have the sensor mounted on the front seat belt, so you can identify the manufacturing date on the underside, stamped on a label.


Be sure to test everything in the vehicle, from the power windows to the multimedia system. In today’s cars, a problem with any of these systems can be a huge loss. Watch out for unwanted lights on the dashboard. Check the condition of the spare tire, as well as necessary tools for changing a tire, as well as manuals and a spare key.


There are bodies specialized in precautionary inspections that indicate whether the car has gone through an auction, bankruptcy, inventory or any type of alienation that later harms the purchase. Do not hesitate to use.

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