Used Car Buying Checklist

January 3rd, 2014 by

Buying a used car can be scary, but doing a diligent inspection will reduce your chances of ending up with buyer’s remorse. Whether it’s a cheap set of wheels for a teenage driver, a classic muscle car, or a well-worn 4×4, follow our used car buying checklist to ensure a positive purchase.

  • Research – Read reports, automotive magazines and online reviews from real owners who were once in the driver’s seat of the car (same make and model) you’re looking to purchase.
  • Inspect for Obvious Problems – Paint color should match, doors and windows should open and close easily, check for even body panels, and the tread on the tires should be evenly worn. Any inconsistencies should warrant a closer look.
  • Under the Hood – Leaky hoses, worn or frayed belts and dirty oil should caution a closer look.
  • Turning the Ignition – Turn the key half way and ensure all warning lights and gauges work (such as the airbag warning) and be certain they shut off after one minute of starting the vehicle. Rev the engine once or twice and check for knocks, noises and smoke (black or white), which are red flags to inspect further.
  • Driving the Vehicle – Test drive the vehicle on a main road or freeway (at least 40 MPH) and check for smooth transmission shifting, straight steering, and a steady steering wheel when approaching high speeds.
  • Paperwork
    • Title: The name on the title should match the seller’s driver’s license.
    • CARFAX: A complete vehicle history report should be given to you by any Arizona car dealership or requested online at
    • Request any original and limited warranties.

If you are looking for Arizona car dealerships that offer cheap used cars in Phoenix, the friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff at Cactus Jack’s Auto will help you find the used car you need at an affordable price!

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