Tips on Buying Used Mustangs: Do’s and Don’ts

If you are currently saving up money to buy a used Mustang you may be thinking about getting the car from any number of places. Many people are starting to buy a car from a friend or from someone’s personal car inventory. While this may be a little cheaper than a used car lot, it is important for you to be extremely cautious. No matter what type of car you are buying, if you happen to purchase the wrong car for you, you might end up spending more money than you intended. It is always important for you to make sure that the car you wish to buy is in good working condition.

When you go to look at the used Mustang of your choice, you may want to consider bringing an expert with you. Your expert can be a close friend who knows a lot about cars or it could be professional mechanic. In addition, you will need to see the car in daylight.

Help your expert inspect your car. You may want to look out for any flaws such as damage from a crash or leaks. Have your expert go over the car and take not of any signs of abuse. Additionally, make sure that you check the level and color of the engine oil, transmission fluid, and brake fluid. Take all the time that you think you may need. You need to make sure that nothing is wrong with the car. After you have done this, make sure that you get the used Mustang’s serial number. You will get a CARFAX history report on the car with this serial number. The CARFAX report will tell you everything that you need to know about the Mustang’s service, recall history, and crash history. After you have test driven the car you will go over all of your notes and decide of you want to purchase the car.

Test Driving the Used Mustang

Just like you inspected the car before, you will have to inspect every aspect of your test drive. This means that you will have to take as much time as possible. For example, when you start the engine, do not immediately drive. Listen to the engine. If it does not start immediately, it may be a bad sign. Before you put it in gear, listen to the noise that the engine makes. You will want the engine to sound quiet and smooth. Now you will need to check your exhaust pipe. There is no reason to be worried if there is a little smoke coming from the exhaust pipe on a cold day. However, if there is a lot of smoke while you are in full throttle, that may be because of valve guide wear. It may even be because of the piston ring.

Now you need to make sure that all of the electronic devices in the Mustang are in good working condition. As you do this, make sure that you are taking notes. You will want to take notes on the lights, radio, speakers, turn signals, air conditioning, and heating. You do not want to purchase a car for more than it is worth if something is not working. After you have checked this, you can put it in gear and go for a nice drive.

As you drive, you may want to drive on the freeway or any other area that will allow you to test the car’s acceleration capability. Listen for any strange noises. If there are not any noises, then you should have a good car. It is even better if the acceleration is strong and you have no trouble steering your car. Try taking notes when looking into buying used Mustangs because if you are looking at more than one vehicle at the same time it is easy to forget which car had what issues or strengths.