What to Look Out For When Buying a Pre-Owned Vehicle | Greenville SC | Serving Spartanburg, Anderson & throughout the Upstate

What to Look Out For When Buying a Pre-Owned Vehicle in Greenville, SC

For many customers, buying a pre-owned vehicle makes the most sense for their budget and lifestyle. But pre-owned vehicles also come with a unique set of items to keep an eye out for when you're shopping. Here at Audi Greenville, we want the car-buying process to go as smoothly as possible, so we're giving you a few pointers for the shopping process. Keep reading to learn more about what you need to keep an eye out for when you're ready to replace your vehicle!

  • External Issues
  • Untouched exteriors are rarely found on pre-owned vehicle. Scratches and small dents are somewhat common, and depending on your preferences, these may not factor greatly into your decision. However, other issues like rust can pose much more serious issues to your ownership experience. You'll also want to check that all of the doors and panels match, and that the lights work properly. Problems like these can quickly turn your driving experience sour.

  • Internal Problems
  • As with exteriors, you'll occasionally find a tear or scratch here and there on a pre-owned vehicle's interior. Again, small problems like those rarely affect the overall experience of the vehicle, but if you notice any sour smells or busted instruments, you're encountering something more serious. The last thing you want from your vehicle is a leak or an electrical problem.

  • Mechanical Performance
  • Unlike minor exterior and interior blemishes, mechanical problems are much less forgiving. If you hear a belt whine as you start the vehicle, or notice the transmission slipping, it's often best to walk away. If you're unsure about a vehicle, have a mechanic look over it. It's a good idea regardless, actually. Additionally, you'll want to look under the vehicle and check for leaks, and under the hood. It never hurts to be cautious.

    It's always a good idea to run a Carfax report on a pre-owned vehicle. Luckily for you, we even have those available for our vehicles! That way you can buy with peace of mind.

  • Drive Quality
  • Maybe you've found a pristine pre-owned vehicle with no mechanical issues, but dislike the way it handles. That's a totally legitimate reason to not buy a car! You'll be behind the wheel of your vehicle a lot, so you want to be sure that you take your test drive on a variety of streets, and spend enough time with it to get a feel of how it performs.

  • Fair Pricing
  • Before agreeing to buy a vehicle, it's best to check its value on Kelley Blue Book. That way you can take into account the year, mileage and condition to ensure you're getting an accurate estimate.

    If you have any questions about the pre-owned vehicle-buying process or would like to test-drive any pre-owned vehicle, please feel free to contact us or stop by Audi Greenville at 200 Duvall Drive, Greenville, SC 29607. We look forward to serving our customers from Spartanburg, Anderson and throughout the Upstate.