What to Look for in a Used Honda
If you’re looking for a quality, reliable pre-owned vehicle, Honda is an excellent choice. Whether you are looking at a Civic or an Odyssey, Honda vehicles enjoy a high level of popularity as both new and used vehicles due to their dependability and fuel efficiency. However, like any second-hand purchase, it’s essential to do your research, thoroughly check the vehicle and deal with a reputable seller. Below are a few things you should check before making your purchase.
Ask Questions About the Car
Write down a list of questions to ask the seller about the car, such as: ● How long has the car been owned? ● Why is the car being sold? ● Has the car ever been damaged? ● Will it pass a roadworthy inspection? ● What condition is the car in? ● Are they any issues with the car that are not immediately evident? ● How detailed is the car’s service history and is it provided with the car?
Check the Physical Condition
Start by inspecting the car’s exterior for any damages on the surface. Look for dents, dings, rust and major scratches. Afterwards, look at the interior and check for any signs of wear on the upholstery, dash and floor mats. A thorough visual inspection of the interior and exterior surfaces can help you get a sense of the car’s overall condition and how much usage it has had over the years. Check under the body and bonnet for signs of welding or paint overspray (this may indicate the car has been repaired). Look for signs of any oil leaks and check the oil level. Check the level of tread on the tyres. You may want to get an independent mechanic or workshop conduct another inspection to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
Check the Car’s History
It’s a good idea to check that the car you are looking at is not stolen, encumbered by an outstanding loan or even a previous insurance write-off. To do this, you need the car’s Vehicle Identification Number and simply check it against the databases in the state it’s registered.
Before you start the test drive, turn the steering wheel from one lock to the other to see if they are any irregularities or strange noises that might indicate a power steering issue. Drive the vehicle for at least 15 minutes, remaining observant and listening for any unusual sounds. ● Evaluate the car’s handling and how well it responds to your inputs ● Make sure the engine acceleration is strong ● Ensure the gear shifts are smooth ● Listen to how noisy the engine and wind is ● Test the handbrake on a hill to see if it’s correctly adjusted If possible, drive the car at highway speeds and try to find a variety of road surfaces to get a better idea about how the car behaves. Trust your instincts. If something seems wrong, it’s better to walk away.
Buy a Used Honda from Collins Honda in Sydney
When it comes to peace of mind, there’s no better place to buy a used Honda than at a at a licensed Honda dealer. Our expert technicians test all our used cars, using their expertise about unique Honda vehicles to make sure your car is in top shape. Located in Rockdale, the team here at Collins Honda boast the best range of used Hondas in the greater Sydney area. Book in for a test drive or register your interest today. Visit the Rockford showroom, call us on 02 9199 0776 or get in touch online to discuss your needs.