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How To Inspect A Used Car Engine Before Buying – Complete Guide

Updated: Jun 19, 2023

Buying a second-hand car is very cost-effective and may offer you the ideal value for your money. However, the value you may get from a car depends on many factors, including the vehicle's condition, service history, and market value.

The engine is one of the most important parts to inspect before buying a used car. It plays a significant role in the running and performance of a vehicle. Engine condition will determine whether the car will perform, have power, and get good mileage.

This is why it makes perfect sense to check the engine before purchasing a used car. In this article, I provide some tips on how to check a used car's engine before purchasing it.

Here are some steps you need to take to get started:

1. Starting problem

Used cars are commonly plagued by delays in starting the engine. In ideal conditions, a vehicle must start at the very first attempt if the engine is in good condition. When it takes several tries to start a car, an issue may exist with the ignition system or with the engine. In such a case, check with the owner to get more information.

2. Engine odor:

Test driving a used car is an excellent way to thoroughly inspect it, so start the engine and go for a short drive. After the drive, stop the car, open the bonnet, and see if there is an engine odor. The engine may have a burning smell, which indicates incomplete combustion and low oil levels. Burning is another sign that the engine is old and worn.

3. Oil leaks:

Engine oil leaks are a sign of all kinds of problems. Open the bonnet of the vehicle and carefully inspect the engine for any visible signs of oil leakage. Smaller leaks are normal in some makes of cars, but if the engine has large oil leaks, it may be a sign of damaged internal components or gaskets.

4. The bottom of the car:

In most cases, used car sellers wash and polish a car before showing it to a buyer. However, they forget to clean the car's underside. Inspect the underside for signs of major damage. Dirt and grease stains may seem unimportant, but if there are visible drips or beads of liquid, they are signs of major damage. The checks listed above will allow you to determine whether the car you are buying is a good one. If a used car's engine is in good shape, it will still work fine, but if not, it will show signs of damage.

These are the few tips to keep in mind when purchasing a used car. If you would like to get a used car checked professionally, you're already at the right place. Book an inspection with BeSoji and let us do the rest. Booking is simple, easy and convenient.

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