5 Important Things to Check Before Buying a Used SUV

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Are you in need of a new set of wheels? Do you want a nice SUV but don’t want to overdo it with your budget? If so, it helps to know that there are plenty of options available on the market. As such, there’s no need for you to settle for something that isn’t really what you want. At Advantage Ford, we want to help you get the SUV you desire – even if you’re on a budget. 

Regardless of whether you opt for the used Ford Escape or the Ford Edge for sale in Calgary, there are a few things to be aware of with either (or any other) purchase. For this reason, we here at Avantage Ford want to assist with your buying direction; so that you make the right choice! Keep reading to learn what to check for when buying a used SUV

1. Mileage 

Typically, a normal vehicle will accumulate about 20,000 km a year. In order to determine if the SUV you’re interested in has high or low mileage; take the number that is on the odometer and then divide it by the age of the vehicle. This is very important. Why? Because an SUV (or any vehicle for that matter) with high mileage will have a lot more wear and tear on its mechanical parts. 

This can play a major role in the vehicle’s overall performance and longevity. As such, ensuring that the SUV’s mileage is proportionate relative to its age is essential for functionality purposes. 

2. Shape and Condition of Tires

Ideally, the tread of the tires should be evenly worn out – each one should match the other. However, if the tread is uneven, or you find additional wear on certain tires, this may result in alignment problems, which could cause issues with the frame, suspension, and even steering! 

If possible, take the SUV for a test drive. Uneven tire treads will cause the vehicle to involuntarily swerve to the sides as you drive. If such is the case, you may want to continue your search, unless you’re okay with paying more money for better quality tires.  

3. Vehicle History

Information is important. And in the case of purchasing a used SUV, it’s best to get as much of it from the current owner as possible. Once you’ve gathered enough data, then be sure to do your due diligence. Take the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and put it through a paid web-based service that provides vehicle history reports. 

By doing so, you’ll learn all you need to know in order to make an informed decision. Everything from car accident history, to liens, to recalls from the manufacturer on the particular model you’re interested in will be disclosed to you. 

4. The Hood

Easily the most crucial component of a vehicle, the engine is paramount for functionality. When viewing the used SUV, be sure to check under the hood and probe around (be sure to do this while the vehicle is turned off). Audit the engine for:

  • Split hoses and belts
  • Oxidation or corrosion
  • Fluid leaks
  • Old spark plugs
  • Deficient lubrication
  • Impaired oxygen sensors, etc

If you’re unsure what to look for, bring a friend or family member who is knowledgeable about vehicles. It will go a long way. 

5. The Interior

Don’t forget to check the interior! After all, that’s where you’ll spend most of your time. Look at the upholstery, check the performance of the stereo system, be sure the steering wheel is nimble, play with the AC and the heat – become a detective. The last thing you want to do is get thrown off by the nice pigmentation, only to realize you purchased an SUV with poor cabin functionality. 

Final Thoughts

When it’s all said and done, finding the perfect used SUV is simply a matter of time and repetition. Visiting enough dealerships or viewing enough models from other sellers will eventually result in an SUV that is just right for you. And as long as you do your due diligence, and properly inspect these used SUVs, you’ll be sure to have your “new” set of wheels in no time.