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4 USED-CAR WARNING SIGNS TORONTO BUYERS OVERLOOK MOST

Though investing in a quality used car or truck is a time-proven approach to saving money while locking in reliable transportation, many prospective Toronto auto-buyers approach the pre-owned market – both the private dealers and trustworthy commercial dealerships such as Quixl Auto and others – with a certain reservation.

To a certain extent, it’s an understandable concern: if even a brand-new car depreciates the moment that the tires leave the dealership’s lot, then how much more reliable use and value could really be left in a used car or truck that probably has mileage in the thousands behind it? Unfortunately, it’s not so much the everyday wear-and-tear that buyers overlook.

Too many end up with a “lemon” because something about the car or truck that should’ve sent up every red flag slipped quietly under the radar, either because a dealer missed it or the buyer didn’t know to be wary that it was a sign of big trouble. We at Quixl would like to save you that worry with a short checklist of troubling warning signs.

 

  • HISTORY OF ELECTRICAL ISSUES

It doesn’t always naturally come to mind as one of an automobile’s most expensive repairs, but electrical maintenance costs can mount quickly.

It’s not always even a matter of swapping in particularly expensive, complex parts, as it can sometimes be when repairing a brake system or transmission – even though modern cars and trucks operate from increasingly complex computer systems whose efficient repairs increasingly demand specialized repair and maintenance expertise.

To the contrary, it’s actually the labor that builds up the repair costs so quickly. Such intricate systems can demand hours of trial-and-error testing just in determining the root problem. If solving the problem means installing and programming replacement components, then that just makes matters worse. Avoid used vehicles with stubborn, unchecked warning lights or glitches. Accepting those with the vehicle you buy could mean taking up thousands in repair costs later.

  • POOR BODY WORK

Really, it’s more than cosmetics.

A car or truck’s body is an attractive packaging that also must be durable enough to protect delicate, precise mechanical and electrical systems – as said above, expensive ones at that – from the elements. A misaligned body panel can mean vulnerabilities to dust, dirt, moisture, gravel and other debris, to name just a few hazards. A set of mismatched headlights could mean that the electrical system is supporting a part that it was never manufactured to support, making you wonder what else could be a little odd about the wiring due to some improvised customization.

Plain and simple, work that was clearly done by an under-qualified, corner-cutting body shop should give rise to suspicion that the flaws might be more than skin-deep.

  • MILEAGE

It’s pretty simple: the more miles an automobile has traveled, the strain key mechanical parts and systems have endured.

That means that your used car or truck is all the closer to needing an expensive repair or replacement part at any given time. Especially with used cars sporting over 10,000 to their credit, regular maintenance and a careful eye on performance become important, but even then, it realistically still has more miles behind it than ahead of it.

  • RUST

Given Canada’s heavily snowy winter climate, fenders, rear wheel wells and door jambs can succumb quickly to rust eating away at the body and creating expensive repairs in order to keep the vehicle’s protection against the outside world.

 

Reputable Toronto used car dealers – Quixl Auto included – will put any vehicle sold to them through some extensive paces and checkups before putting it onto the lot. That includes thorough diagnostics, test-driving and eventual complete disclosures of mileage and any further issues that may cause performance questions. As a final precaution, talk with trusted friends and family, as well as prior customers, to vet out anybody that is privately or commercially trying to sell a used vehicle.

More than your wallet depends on it. It’s a matter of safety.

 

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