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How to Gauge Quality in Used Cars: 4 Tips From an Auto Auction House September 28, 2016

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How to Gauge Quality in Used Cars: 4 Tips From an Auto Auction House, Queens, New York

Getting a great deal on a cheap used car is a fantastic way to get wheels on a budget. But whether you’re buying from a private party, a car dealership, or an auction house, it’s important to make sure the vehicle you’re buying will stand up to the rigors of the road.

Queens Auto Mall is a luxury pre-owned car dealership in Richmond Hill, New York, that also hosts the only automotive auction house in the Tri-State area. Below, they offer some tips on making sure the used car you buy will serve you for years to come.

4 Steps To Gauge Quality In A Cheap Used Car

Choose The Right Model

One of the best ways to find quality in a cheap used car is by doing your research before you even get to the car dealership. Research what makes and models get good ratings for reliability, and keep in mind that ratings can vary from model year to model year. By having certain vehicles in mind before your visit the lot, you can keep yourself pointed toward cars that are likely to be reliable.

Examine The Appearance

Cheap used carOnce you’ve picked out a desired model in your price range, examine the exterior and interior of the vehicle carefully. Try to visit the car dealership or auction house in daylight if possible, and look for any dings, flaws, or damage in the body, upholstery, or in functional exterior parts, like taillight housings, locks, windows, mirrors, and roof racks. Any issues you notice might not necessarily be deal-breakers, but they do affect the value of the car and should be factored into your decision.

Check Out The Mechanics

Don’t be afraid to take a look beneath the car and under the hood. Any leaks on the pavement can be a sign of trouble, and problems under the hood like cracked hoses or squeaking belts are worth your consideration. Don’t forget to consider the suspension on any used vehicle, and take a look in the fluid reservoirs to see if they appear clean and recently changed. Take along a savvy friend if possible, just in case they notice something you might not.

Take The Car To A Trusted Mechanic

Once you’re serious about buying a particular car, the most certain way to inspect quality is to ask if you can take the vehicle from the car dealership to a trusted mechanic for a thorough inspection. No matter how solid your car knowledge may be, your mechanic can help give you more peace of mind.

If you’re in the market for a cheap used car in the New York City area, Queens Auto Mall is your best bet for quality. Visit their website to find out more about about the Tri-State’s best car dealership and auction house, or call (718) 523-9090 to start shopping today!

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