Buying used cars is a difficult undertaking for many people – especially those with no experience in mechanics. Not only do you need to find a quality used car that fits your needs, but you also need to find one that fits your unique budget. If you want to buy a quality used car go through txtcharlie.com/cars-for-sale.

When buying a used car it is always ideal to have a mechanic inspect it before you buy it, or to make sure the vehicle you are buying is safety certified. 

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However, if you don't have a mechanic on call, there are a few tips that can help you determine how much maintenance you need to service a used vehicle before you buy it. Here you'll learn the best ways to spot a good used car – before you buy it.

1. Is the oil changed regularly?

Changing the oil is a way to keep your car running as smoothly and with the best possible fuel efficiency. Oil not only contributes to the smooth running of the engine but also helps prevent the engine from overheating. One way to make sure the oil in a used car is changed regularly (and recently) is to check the oil compartment in the engine.

To check the oil reservoir, simply remove the oil cap. Check the edges of the lid and compartment to see if any black deposits have formed. This design is an indicator that the oil needs to be changed and may not have been changed for a long time. Remember: if the oil is not changed, the chances of engine problems increase dramatically.

2. Do the tires wear evenly?

Walk around the car and check each tire one by one. Have you noticed any particular pattern in the way tires are worn? Is one side of the tire smoother than the other? If so, the car is most likely experiencing axle problems. If the tires are out of alignment, the tires will wear unevenly. If the tire is not flat for a long time, the axle is likely to be overloaded or even cracked.