Second-Hand Cars: Tips for Inspection Before Buying

You might think you know cars, but you’re never really sure until you hear something bust or burst. To avoid getting to that point, you need to make sure you’re not getting yourself a bad deal. Suffice it to say, even when you’re buying a brand-new car, you still need to inspect everything before you say goodbye to the dealer/seller.

From the model’s age, the number of miles it’s been driven to the amount of brake oil it needs, everything needs to be checked. Even a slightly smooth tangent on a tire’s treads is enough to cause major road grip problems. Therefore, underestimating any problem in used cars in Dubai as acceptable and compromising on it will only lead to possible future disasters.

To help you get started, here are a few things you should consider right away:


The wheels or tires of the car are important. From road grip to traction and the overall drive of the car depend highly upon them. When you’re checking the treads of the wheels, make sure they’re not worn out, especially one more than the other. It’s common practice to replace the front wheels with the rear ones to get the maximum out of their lives. However, if they’re unevenly worn, this could present major problems that can even extend to specific brands.

If 3 wheels of the car are of a certain brand, the fourth and the spare will need to be of the same brand. That’s because you need them all to be in the same condition, shape and tread design.

Dents and Scratches

It’s easy to be fooled by a newly painted body. Although it’s impossible to find a secondhand car that hasn’t been showered even once you should keep an eye out for lasting damages. A dent or scratch isn’t really that big of a deal as long as it’s not causing rust.

Apart from the fact that it will give a dirty look to the car, rust is basically erosion that will eat away at your car’s body. Sooner or later, the panel on which rust occurs will need to be replaced before it causes damage to other parts of the car.

Dubai cars are famous for being extraordinary and a simple visible scratch can ruin the perfect impression. That’s why you can’t compromise on the quality of the car that you’re about to invest so much capital in.

Panels and Gaps

Like laptops and phones, cars have panels. Bumpers, bonnets, trunks, side skirts, etc. are all panels of the car. Whenever a car has been in an accident, damaged panels are likely to be replaced. If done poorly, this leaves a lot of gaps in the middle of adjoining panels. That is an obvious sign that you shouldn’t invest in the car as it is going to present future problems.


Start by checking the engine oil and the power steering oil. Next, make sure to check the brake oil level and while you’re at it, check to see if there are any possible leakages. The engine coolant and transmission fluid should also be a priority as they are essential in ensuring the car’s longevity. Also, try not to ignore the windscreen washer fluid and check it for signs of leaks.

The Interior Electronics

When you’re inspecting the interior of the car, go for everything. For the sound systems, maximize the volume and see how the car reacts. If things start to vibrate and shake, this means the sound systems aren’t really fit for the car. Similarly, there shouldn’t be distortions in the sound systems.

Moving away from the multimedia controls, check the car’s features. Most cars come with automatic door locks, electric side mirrors and glass panels. Don’t accept a deal if these features of the car show sign of disruption or slow movements, like glass panels or side mirrors taking minutes to go up and down.

Finally, check the seats and the flooring carpet of the car. Bad smells don’t always go away with a wash. So, it’s better to prefer a car that hasn’t had a lot of smoking done in it. It’s not cheap to get seats or their coverings replaced either. You might be able to get a great deal for a verified car at Exotic Cars in Dubai. However, regardless of where you think of buying it from, make sure that you check everything before finalizing your purchase.