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Friday 28 July 2017
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Why You Should Buy a Used Car from a Dealer

Why You Should Buy a Used Car from a Dealer

When it comes to buying a new car, everybody will give you some kind of advice. It seems as if everybody has a secret formula for getting the best car for the least amount of money. They’ll also tell you their strategy for discovering if a car has been in a wreck or not. There are websites that will tell you the history of a car, but that’s only the history that’s been reported. If someone has wrecked a car and attempted to repair it themselves or had a friend do it, it won’t be on the books and discoverable. Therefore, you won’t ever know about it. If a car has been flooded, you won’t know about it unless they took it to a certified mechanic to be cleaned. There’s only one way to be sure about the quality of a car: buy from a reputable dealer. Buying from a dealer with a good reputation for quality ensures you are getting a reliable car with protection if anything should go wrong.

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Flood Damage

Flood or water damage is incredibly common in certain parts of the country. In fact, a car doesn’t even have to be flooded to become damaged by water. Heavyrainfall in places with poor drainage is usually enough to allow water to begin seeping into areas around the bonnet or the boot. The little bits of water that do eventually get into the crevices might not seem like much, but if they’re hitting unpainted parts of the car, they’re going to begin to rust. Once a car begins to rust, that rust is going to spread. Oxidized metal does not have the strength and structural integrity it once had. The rust will eventually eat holes in the metal and weaken it, which will lead to an unwanted appearance. That’s how a few drops of water can become a serious problem very quickly.

Car Flood Damage

You need to make sure that any car you buy is not already rusting and is not susceptible to damage from water. Used cars from reputable dealers are submitted to rigorous inspections to ensure their quality. When you buy from a private seller, you have no idea if you’re actually getting what you have been promised. Whether or not that person intends to deceive you, you could still end up with a car with rusty floorboards.

rusty floorboards

Collision Damage

Collision damage is typically harder to hide than flood damage, but it’s not impossible. It’s especially possible if the seller intends to deceive you and has some knowledge of car mechanics. For example, if someone gets into a head-on collision that warps the front axle and destroys the front bumper, he or she might be able to fix the bumper without actually addressing the axle issue. If that’s the case, the car might drive okay for a few months, but slowly, the handling will become worse until the axle become unusable. Unless you’re a mechanic yourself, you would have no way of knowing if the axle was damaged when you were looking to buy that used car. Even if you are a mechanic, you can overlook these things if you’re not doing the hours-long inspection that is done at the dealership. The skilled professionals at Grand Nissan inspect every car to make sure they are selling a quality vehicle.

Kim Parson, owner and president of Automotive Collision Technologies, and Dayne Loewner, right, take photos of damage to a car at the collision repair shop in Catonsville.