Second hand cars are a great way for many people to acquire a car in a great condition and affordable budget. That set, the level of quality in such cars can vary and, if you’re not careful, you might end up having to make some additional purchases relatively quickly.

To help you save you from unexpected costs, here’s a quick checklist of some of the things you may need to consider when taking over ownership of a car.

Internal Fluids And Engine Parts

If someone has been looking to sell their car, they might not have spent the last few weeks or months properly maintaining it – this is especially true if you purchased a questionable bargain. It’s better to check under the hood now, then have to pay for major repairs further down the line.

The best way to do this is to check all the fluids, such as oil and antifreeze and add more if you’re worried there isn’t enough. As for the engine, you can invest in a check-up at a garage but there are a few things you can do yourself, such as replacing the air filter, to ensure everything runs smoothly.

The Tyres

Car tyres do not last forever and you might not able to tell how long an older car has been using their existing set. As such, you should check the tyre tread depth carefully, to ensure it is of a high enough quality to be road worthy.

If not, it is always a good idea to invest in a set anyway. This is especially true if there’s been a change of season, and you now need to consider between winter tyres and all-season tyres. If you live in the city, for instance, then you don’t need winter tyres. These expenses are due to the road conditions you drive on, so adjust your new car accordingly.

External Repair Work

Ideally, this should be something you spot before buying the car – a good reason to always inspect something in person before making a purchase – but it’s not impossible for small details to miss your attention. Once it becomes yours, however, it’s only your expenses that will suffer if you don’t give it another check.

A small dent on the bodywork can be easily fixed, for instance, while small chips on the windscreen should be repaired now before they break, causing you to replace the entire thing (which is much more expensive).

Giles Kirkland is a passionate car mechanic with an interest in
vehicles, business and saving money wherever possible.