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When we consider buying a used car, we must stay vigilant to ensure we don’t end up with a lemon. Greasemonkey Inspectors is here to help you navigate the potential pitfalls and make an informed decision. Here are some clear and not-so-clear signs that your potential used car might not be what it seems.

Unusual Sounds During the Test Drive

Listen carefully during the test drive. Hissing or knocking sounds could indicate serious issues. Hissing may signal fluid leaks, while knocking might suggest engine problems. Any unusual noises should prompt you to reconsider the purchase.

Suspicious or Poorly Written Ads

Pay attention to the car advertisement. A professional ad should highlight the car’s positives and disclose any issues. If the ad seems vague or too good to be true, it’s a red flag. Even if you’re unsure, Greasemonkey Inspectors can provide a thorough pre-purchase vehicle inspection onsite to uncover any hidden problems.

Overenthusiastic Seller

If the seller is overly eager or avoids answering basic questions, be cautious. Request to see the vehicle’s paperwork, history, and maintenance records. If the seller is reluctant, it’s a sign that something might be amiss.

Previous Owner Was a Smoker

Be wary if the previous owner was a smoker. Removing cigarette odor from a car can be nearly impossible. Over time, the smell can become stronger and more unpleasant, making the vehicle less enjoyable to drive.

Unpleasant or Strong Odors

Use your sense of smell during the inspection. Bad odors, such as burning or leaking smells, can indicate bigger problems. Open the hood and investigate any unusual smells to determine their source.

Worn or Mismatched Tires

Check the tires for even wear. Uneven tread can indicate neglect or improper maintenance. Additionally, ensure all tires are the same size and brand for optimal stability and control.

Misaligned Body Parts

Inspect the car for misaligned body panels, doors, hood gaps, and trunks. Misalignment often points to a history of major accidents. Ensure all seams are evenly spaced to avoid future issues.

Interior Wear and Tear

While some wear and tear are expected, excessive damage such as ripped seats, missing knobs, and damaged seat belts are red flags. A shabby interior can suggest deeper issues under the hood.

Contact Greasemonkey Inspectors for a Professional Inspection

To avoid buying a lemon, consider getting a professional pre-purchase inspection from Greasemonkey Inspectors. We offer comprehensive onsite inspections in Melbourne and throughout Australia, ensuring your used car purchase is a wise investment.

Explore our Inspections Packages today to safeguard your next used car purchase.

Greasemonkey Inspectors | Melbourne Car Inspection

📞 0481 608 866
📧 support@greasemonkeyinspectors.com
📍 13/324 Settlement Road Thomastown VIC 3074

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