What to Look Out For When Buying a Used or Pre-Owned Car | Vestal NY | Serving Binghamton, Elmira & Ithaca

What to Look Out For When Buying a Pre-Owned Vehicle in Vestal, NY

In some cases, purchasing a pre-owned or used vehicle may be a better fit for your budget. Pre-owned cars, though, can sometimes bring bigger, more serious issues. So, what should you look out for when considering a used car? To learn more, keep reading!

  • External Issues
  • Rarely will you find a used vehicle that doesn't have a few scratches or small dents, but these may factor into your decision, depending on your preference. There may be more serious issues to look for, like rust, when looking at a pre-owned vehicle. Also, check that all the panels and doors match and all lights are working. While these types of problems may seem small, they can indicate more serious issues.

  • Internal Problems
  • Similar to finding dents or scratches, you might find the occasional scratch or tear on the inside of a vehicle. While small issues like these may affect your overall impression of the vehicle, you should look out for any broken instruments or sour smells. More serious problems may be afoot, such as a leak or electrical problem.

  • Mechanical Performance
  • Although minor flaws aren't usually major concerns, mechanical issues are much more serious. When you start the vehicle, listen for issues like a slipping transmission or a belt that whines. If you do find any mechanical issues like these, you should avoid that particular vehicle. It's also a good idea to have a mechanic check for any potential problems and any leaks.

    Another good idea is to run a Carfax report on a used vehicle. At Serafini Nissan, we offer these reports on every used vehicle on our lot.

  • Drive Quality
  • A used car could look great and have no mechanical issues, but you may dislike the way it handles, and that's totally fine! Be sure to test drive any used vehicle to get a feel for its handling, as you'll be behind the wheel a lot.

  • Fair Pricing
  • By checking a vehicle's value on Kelley Blue Book, you can get an accurate estimate based on the year, mileage and condition.

    If you have any questions about the car-buying process or would like to test-drive any used cars, please feel free to contact us or stop by Serafini Nissan at 3101 Vestal Parkway E, Vestal, NY 13850. We look forward to serving our customers from Binghamton, Elmira and Ithaca.