Your car has been reliable for many years, but the time has finally arrived to purchase an upgrade. You’ve done your research and think that buying a used vehicle is your best course of action.
Buying a second-hand car can be cost-effective. However, you need to ensure that you are getting a good deal. Unfortunately, dealerships aren’t always upfront. They may attempt to conceal issues with the engine. What are some of the warning signs that a car engine is defective?
Signs of neglect
When a car is looked after and well-maintained, it can last for many years. Neglected cars, on the other hand, can break down quickly and even place you in danger. Have you popped the hood to check for any obvious signs of wear? You should specifically lookout for any signs of oil on the engine components. It may benefit you to have a look underneath the car too. If it has been parked for a while and there are leaks, you’ll probably see evidence of this where liquids have dripped onto the floor.
Start the vehicle
Some signs of defects are not noticeable when the car is idle. Starting the engine can give you a clearer indication of its condition. Are there any unusual rattling sounds? Does the engine take a long time to turn over? The exhaust fumes should also be a gray-white color. If the fumes are almost black, this is a sign that the engine has seen better days.
Buying a second-hand vehicle is never risk-free. However, dealerships should not lie to you about problems and you should never be pressured into a sale. If you feel like you’ve been duped in any way, make sure that you assess your legal options in Pennsylvania.