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June 9, 2016

Qualities of a Good Used Car

When you go shopping for a used car, what kinds of things should you look for? Here are a few tips on what you should look for to find out if the used car really is a good one.

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Not a good used car.


  1. An exterior without dents, scratches or signs of rust.

Walk around the car and look for scratches or dents or any other flaws. Look for colors that don’t match. That’s a sign that some body work has been done on the car. Look at the car from a short distance away. It is much easier this way to notice if the colors of panels don’t match. Another sign that part of the car may have been repainted is a difference in the texture of the paint.

Also, check the windshield for any chips or scratches.


  1. An engine that starts easily and runs smoothly.

There should not be any smoke coming out of the exhaust. It should not run rough or make any loud noises. There should be no hesitation or jerking when you accelerate. The transmission should shift smoothly when you accelerate or decelerate, without any jolts or delays.

When you come to a stop, the engine should idle smoothly. The car should not pull to the left or right when you are driving, as this is a sign of wheel alignment problems. There should be no noises when breaking or any pulling to the side. Nor should the steering wheel shake while you are applying the brakes.

A good used car has no corrosion on the battery terminal, and the only thing dripping from under the car should be the drain for the air conditioning.

Also, in a good used car, the engine oil should be at the proper level, and it shouldn’t look dirty. There are no deposits on the oil dipstick, which is a sign that the car has not been regularly maintained.


  1. The interior is without damage or strong odors.

There are no rips or tears in the seats. The power windows, locks and mirrors are all in good working order. Cold air comes out of the vents shortly after you turn on the air conditioning. There are no odors coming from the vents when you have the heat or air conditioning on.

If you’re looking for a good, affordable used car in the greater Dallas region, make sure you go to the nearest PAACO location and check out our cars. Contact the PAACO Automotive Group at 877-810-4555.

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