A transmission plays an important role in the operation of your car. And if the transmission goes, it can be an expensive problem to fix. Luckily, many cars give off warning signs that it needs repair before it completely dies. Unfortunately, many people have no idea what these warning signs are. If you don't know what the warning signs are, don't feel alone. I was once in the same position and ultimately, it caused me to have to replace the transmission in my car because I missed these signs. I created this website to help others identify when it needs to be repaired. If you notice any signs of a problematic transmission, head to a repair shop quickly to save yourself a lot of money!
Buying a used car from a place like Big Sky Dodge Chrysler Ltd in Lethbridge takes a little more effort than buying a new car right off of the showroom floor. Because these cars have been driven and cared for by other people, you must take your time when choosing the used car you purchase. Here, you will learn a few tips that can help you successfully find the perfect, well-running car you want and need.
Research Before You Shop
Before you even go out looking for a good deal, spend a little time doing some research about the cars you like. Try to narrow your wish list to 5 different models and dig into each one. Look into customer reviews and professional reviews to find out how reliable the car is, the amount it costs to maintain the car and how happy other owners have been with their choice in cars. To find these reviews, simply do a search for consumer reports and reviews and include the year, make and model of the particular car you are considering.
This research will tell you if the transmissions are likely to go bad at a certain mileage, if the motor does not perform as well as it should, if there are interior issues that you should be aware of, and so much more. You can use other driver's experiences with the car to learn if it is the type of car you really want to spend your hard earned money on.
Get the Vehicle Report
The vehicle report may cost you a little bit, or the dealer may offer it to you free of charge. Even if it does cost you a small fee, it is money well spent. This report will tell you if the vehicle has been in an accident, if it is a salvage vehicle, if it has been in a flood, if it was a rental vehicle, if it was a leased vehicle, if it was a repo and so much more. These details can go a long way in telling you how the vehicle was treated and maintained while it was driven.
Most of the time, it is best to avoid buying cars that have been in accidents, salvaged or rental cars. You should never, ever buy a vehicle that was in a flood, as the damage is likely more extensive than you could ever imagine.
Get a Computer Reading
One thing that many car buyers neglect to do is to get the computer reading from the vehicle before signing on the line. Purchase an inexpensive OBDII hand-held tester. This tester plugs in under the dash of the car and provides you any error readings that the car is emitting at that time. This little unit will tell you if the car has any issues that could cost you a small fortune to repair, and alert you of even the small issues like a bad fuel filter or low antifreeze levels.
Once you have the codes, do an internet search for what each code means. Make a list and take it to a mechanic to learn what it would cost to have each of the problems repaired. You will quickly learn if the car is in good running order or if you should skip it and move on to another.
These steps will help to ensure you do not get a lemon for your next used car. Take your time and look at several cars before deciding on any one to buy. Your time and efforts will be well worth it.