Used Car Checklist

When you purchase a vehicle, it’s likely that you’ll own it for years to come. That means that you’ll want to make sure you love everything about the car, and that it’s well-equipped to handle your daily drives around Mansfield, Attleboro, and Norton. To help you find a used car that checks all of your boxes, our team at Station Chrysler Jeep has put together this helpful used car checklist.Careers-Banner-3

Before You Get Going

Before you even get behind the wheel of the car, you’ll want to make sure that the interior and exterior of the car are up to your standards.

  • Set a Budget: Before you even start looking for a vehicle, consider your finances and set a budget for your purchase, being sure to factor in the price of fuel and car insurance. Check prices before you decide on a car to go see in person.
  • Check the Body: Walk around the whole car and take a close look at the body. Look for any scratches or dents that look worse than those caused by normal use, and even look under the car to check for rust and other issues.
  • Pop the Hood: Take a look under the hood of the car, looking for excessive dirt, grease, or rust.
  • Check the Cabin: Take a look around the cabin, checking for broken parts, worn or ripped upholstery, stains, and strange smells. Check that all the seats are comfortable.

Behind the Wheel

Slide into the driver’s seat and take the car out onto the streets for yourself.

  • Listen: Pay attention for any strange sounds, especially knocking or roaring coming from the engine.
  • Try the Brakes: Test that the brakes feel firm, even when coming to a quick stop from a high speed. Listen for squealing or grinding, which can be signs that the brakes need repairs.
  • Acceleration: Hop on the highway and hit the gas, making sure that the car has no trouble getting up to speed and staying there.
  • Test the Equipment: Test all the technology systems that the vehicle has, such as the radio, navigation system, and more. Make sure that the air conditioning and heating work well.

Schedule Your Test Drive

Now that you’ve read our used car checklist and are now an expert at discovering a great used car, it’s time for you to put your knowledge to work and discover a vehicle for your drives around Mansfield, Attleboro, and Norton. Contact Station Chrysler Jeep today to schedule your test drive, and get ready to give the car a thorough test.