Buying a used vehicle can be a great and inexpensive way to get on the road. However, you need to be extra careful when buying a used vehicle to ensure that it’s safe and in good condition.

Here are some things you should always check before you buy a used vehicle:

  • Look for any wear or scratches around the vehicle’s dashboard. This could be a sign that the odometer has been tampered with.
  • View the vehicle from all angles—including from the ground—to check for wear and tear.
  • Check for a damp or moldy smell in the vehicle’s interior. This could be a sign of water damage.
  • Take the vehicle on a test drive to see how well it performs. Also, pay attention to any clanking or grinding noises that could indicate damage.
  • Ask a salesperson to see under the vehicle’s front hood. Additionally, you should ask if the vehicle has a printed history report, so you can see if it’s been in any accidents or had serious maintenance done.