I'm thinking of purchasing a used car from an individual seller. I was wary at first, because I thought the price was too good to be true. However, after checking the car's blue book value, they appear to be selling it for roughly what the KBB says it should be worth. I want to go look at the car.
Don't get me wrong, I know my way around a car from a maintenance side of things. I can change my own air filter, check the oil, change a tire, replace a fuse, put in new wipers - all of that little stuff. But as far as knowing the... the... transmission from the gas tank, I'm not very well educated on that.
So I was hoping that those of you that have some experience could help me out. This is my checklist that I intend to use so far:
Check the tires to see if they are in good shape
Look under the hood for any obvious signs of a coolant or oil leak
Check underneath the car for evidence of leaks, also
Take car for a test drive, looking at the brakes, the e-brake, how it handles, etc.
After test drive, again lift hood to sniff for leaks or look for anything that doesn't look like it belongs
Um, that's all I can think of. >.> Pointers would be appreciated. This
is the car that I'm hoping to look over. I'm a sucker for lemon-yellow. >.>