Uncertainty can be a huge source of stress when shopping around for used cars, luckily we’re here to give you some solid pointers.

SIOUX FALLS, SD, September 12, 2019 /Neptune100/ — Uncertainty can be a huge source of stress when shopping around for used cars, luckily we’re here to give you some solid pointers. We here at Patriot Warranty know used cars, it’s a key part of our business in supplying extended auto warranties for our clients and we want to pass on some of this knowledge to you.

When purchasing a used car, there is no sure fire way to know precisely what that car has been through. When purchasing from an individual, you have to rely purely on their word on whether or not the automobile has been maintained and cared for properly, which can be a scary thing to deal with. Here are a few important tips on how to test drive that not-so-new ride like a professional, making sure you have the most peace of mind possible.

Have It Scanned

Just because the check engine light is off doesn’t mean there isn’t something wrong behind the scenes. All cars manufactured in the last twenty years can be scanned with an ECU reader, which will provide valuable insight into the health of the engine’s sensor network and electronic systems. This means you can find out if there is any potential electrical problem before committing to purchase your vehicle. ECU scanners can be bought for less than twenty dollars or you can have a mechanic run the test for you.

Plan A Pre-Purchase Inspection

Whether you are purchasing a used car from a dealer or a private individual, it is best to have a professional look over the automobile before purchasing. A skilled eye can point out any hidden issues or trouble signs in a vehicle quickly and for a much more affordable price than having your new acquisition fall apart on the road.

Don’t be afraid to ask the seller to have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic you have a reputation with, pre-purchase inspections are quite common. These pre-purchase inspections can cost anywhere between $50-$100 and should take an hour or less. This is well worth the time and money when you are coming close to making a purchase of a used vehicle.

Check Out The Parts That Wear Out Regularly

Air filters, tires, rotors, brake pads, timing belts. Cars have a good amount of parts that need to be replaced somewhat regularly. Checking in on the condition of all of these parts can reveal any potential costs you might have on your plate in the near future and can help when negotiating a final price. This yet another great reason to have a mechanic do an inspection before purchasing a used vehicle.

Since 2007, Patriot Warranty has been servicing Vehicle Owners with dedicated quality care and providing comprehensive coverage to all drivers nationwide. Since the beginning, our goal has been to provide exceptional service, eliminating delays, and developing the industry standard for Extended Vehicle Service Programs. How do we do it? Patriot Warranty is staffed with ASE certified technicians who work for you. Our staff speaks directly with your repair center and provides coverage authorization in a timely manner directly over the phone.