How To Buy A Used Car – Lesson 2 (Part 3)

In the last segment, Ken shared two ways to figure out if a used car has any suspension problems if the used car dealership has put on new tires.

Now let’s take a look at the back.

First, make certain you’ve checked the tread wear.  They should feel good all the way across, and up and down.  There should be no belts showing, because that means the tire needs to be replaced.

Now, here’s a trick to see if your wheel bearings are any good in the back.  Push against the top of the tire and rock the car.  If it has had a bad wheel bearing, you will hear clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk every time you push on it.  A little knock could be the shock or something.  The main point here is you don’t want a “clunk, clunk”.  If you hear a clunk, clunk – there is a problem.

Next, just like we did on the front, let’s bounce the back end of the car. When you let go, how many times does it bounce.  If it continues to bounce – you’ve got some suspension problems.  It should stop all of a sudden. If it does, you know the shocks in the back are good.

So on lesson two, we have covered tires. Tires are very important.  We’ve also covered how to tell if we’ve got any font end suspension problems, shock, strut problems with the steering wheel and with the bounce. Very important.

Notice we haven’t even started the car yet?

Don’t worry about that. In our next lesson, we’re going to cover what to look for on the car’s body to make sure you’re not buying a wreck. Don’t buy a wreck. OK? You need to know if the car has been wrecked or not. Don’t rely on the dealer to tell you, and keep in mind that CarFax is not all knowing.  So the next lesson will be very important. See you then!

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