Even though you can never be sure about the true condition of a car when you look at it at first glance, many signs and red flags are still very evident and will tell you plenty about the vehicle. Below, this article will reveal a few areas of the car that you can observe for inspection, and why they are essential during a used car check up.
Check the Trunk
You can learn a great deal about the car simply by looking at its trunk. This may come out as a surprise for many but it is nothing far from the truth. Use your hands and spread them across the trunk and check for any water spots and leakages.
Another place water is likely to collect is beneath the floor of the trunk. Therefore, if you can pop open the compartment beneath the trunk, considering that the car you are inspecting comes with that option, then you should definitely do so. The spare tire portion under the trunk floor is deep and sloped, and therefore, very vulnerable to water.
Furthermore, if you see a spare tire lying around in the trunk then it is important that you take a look at the condition of the tire and make sure that it is not flat. Apart from that, you should check all the inner edges of the trunk and observe whether they are perfectly straight without unnecessary bend on them.
Any slight changes in the symmetry of the trunk can be an indication that the car experienced a collision. Therefore, you have to be aware of any indentation, marks and damages on the inner walls of the trunk.
Inspection of the Panel Gaps
The panel gaps refer to the gaps between each section of the exterior body. The best way to check the panel gaps is by running your finger down the panel gaps and feel for any uneven gap distance. In other words, the gap should be consistently running across the vehicle without widening or shortening in width.
You want to check the panel gaps on every part of the car, such as doors, trunk, bonnet, bumpers and more. A widening panel gap above the door is an indication of a sagging door; hence you want to make sure that you check it thoroughly.
Check for Body Fillers
Anytime a car goes under some body work, the technician is likely to apply body fillers to the car. To test whether any part of the car consist of body fillers, you have to get a magnet and test it by sticking it on the car’s body. Cars go through plenty of wear, maintenance, damage, repair, and replacements over their lifespan. Any alterations in the car’s body will leave behind signs that you can identify. Nonetheless, you need to know where to look to rightfully pinpoint on the issue.