What to Look Out For When Buying a Pre-Owned Vehicle in Chamblee, GA

At Curry Honda, we understand that a brand new car can take a big hit on your wallet, and that sometimes it makes more sense financially to purchase pre-owned. If you're looking at purchasing a vehicle from a private seller, there are definitely some things to watch out for. Keep reading to learn more!

  • External Issues
  • It's common for most used vehicles to have at least a few small scratches or dents. Whether or not these factor into your decision will depend on your preferences. There are more serious issues to watch out for, like rust, when looking at a used vehicle. A smart idea is to check that the panels and doors all match and that all the lights are operating correctly. Although these issues may seem insignificant, they can mean bigger issues are lurking under the surface.

  • Internal Problems
  • Similar to any flaws on a car's exterior, there may be a few minor tears or scratches on the car's interior. Although minor blemishes like these may not be a dealbreaker for you, be sure to watch out for any faulty instruments (or even sour smells), as these can indicate issues like leaks or electrical problems.

  • Mechanical Performance
  • While cosmetic flaws aren't usually cause for concern, mechanical problems can cause or lead to even bigger problems. You should listen for any issues like a whining belt or slipping transmission when you start the engine. If you do find any mechanical issues, you should immediately walk away from that vehicle – you may end up putting more money into it than you paid for it. If you're not sure about a potential issue, be sure to have a mechanic take a look.

    Another great idea is to get a Carfax report on a used vehicle. At Curry Honda, we provide these reports on every pre-owned vehicle that we sell.

  • Drive Quality
  • Even if you've found a car in great condition with absolutely no mechanical problems, it's OK to simply dislike the vehicle and the way it handles. Be sure to take any vehicle for a test drive to get a feel for how it handles before purchasing it.

  • Fair Pricing
  • To ensure you're getting a fair price based on a vehicle's year, mileage and condition, check the car's value on Kelley Blue Book to get an estimate.

    If you have any questions about the used car-buying process or would like to test drive any used cars, please feel free to contact us or stop by Curry Honda at 5525 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Chamblee, GA 30341. We look forward to serving our customers from Atlanta, Alpharetta and Gwinnett.