|Inspect the vehicle in daylight and if possible, choose a clear sunny day. Faded paint looks glossy and vehicles tend to run more smoothly on a rainy, humid day.||
Look closely at the tires and wheel rims. Look for uneven wear.
|Take your time and concentrate. Check for wear on the seats, carpets and petals. Is the inside clean? Be thorough but discreet. Use a checklist and ask questions.||Take a test drive. Turn off the radio and listen for sounds. Try smooth and rough highway and city roads.|
Ask to see a maintenance history.
|Bring along a friend, two sets of eyes are better than one. ||Have the vehicle inspected by your mechanic or someone you trust.|
Check to see if all doors, locks, windows and lights work.
|Dress appropriately and bring a flashlight. Look closely at the vehicle as well as under it. Check for rust, scratches, leaks and if it has been repainted (usually indicates an accident). ||
When looking in the engine, check oil and look for frayed tubes and belts.|
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