Car Rust Damage: Inspecting the car you are about to buy is always a good idea, but it’s essential if you’re buying a used car. Rust is one of the most common issues in older cars, and it’s also one of the easiest things to spot when you know what to look for.
Here are four ways on how to inspect your used car for rust manage
- Check the Body and Chassis Thoroughly
You want to thoroughly inspect the body and chassis of your used car for rust, dents, and scratches. Look for signs of repair or patchwork and evidence of damage. If there’s any question about whether or not a particular area has sustained damage, ask the seller about it before you buy the car.
Don’t forget to check for rust underneath the vehicle. This can be difficult to see if you don’t know what to look for. Just as important is checking for corrosion on parts such as door hinges, seatbelt anchors, and window regulators. If corrosion causes damage in these areas, they may need immediate replacement after purchase.
- Inspect the Trunk and Floor Pan
You can also check the trunk and floor pan for signs of rust. Look for a light layer of corrosion, which may be caused by water or dampness. Corrosion is usually found on the bottom surface of metal surfaces where it is exposed to air and moisture from rain or snowfall. If you see any signs of corrosion, do some more research before buying used cars Calgary under $5000.
You should also look at the underside of your new car (the area where you would sit if driving) for signs of repairs made recently (pre-existing damage). If there’s evidence of previous repair work performed in this area, consider how much confidence you’ll have in its quality before deciding whether or not to buy the car.
- Examine the Body and Check for Repairs
Look at the car from a distance to see if it’s been in an accident. Check the body for dents, scratches, paint chips, and rust beneath the vehicle. Look at all sides of the car to determine if there are signs of bodywork, such as misaligned panels or mismatched paint colors.
Check underneath your vehicle for signs of rusting along structural components such as chassis rails, frame rails, floorboards, and around suspension mounts. Also, inspect wheel wells carefully since they are often neglected areas with little access when cars are serviced in garages or repair shops.
- Look for Repainting Signs
To check for signs of repainting, look for warped panels and bumpers that don’t align with the rest of your car. Poorly aligned body panels and scratches or dents that look like they’ve been painted over are other signs of re-paint.
If you spot these signs, ask the seller about them. Such signs may indicate past rust issues and signify more problems ahead, or at least areas where future repairs will be needed. It’s better to know about any issues upfront than after you’ve already bought your used car.
The best way to determine if a used vehicle has been previously damaged is by having it inspected by an experienced professional at the Calgary used car dealerships. This will ensure you buy the right car that fits your needs and budget.
READ MORE ARTICLES: