Checklists for buying used cars are an extremely useful tool, especially to prevent being taken advantage of by car salesmen. Safety is a big deal though, when it comes to buying a used car. When taken care of properly by previous owners, used cars are beautiful things to own. Used car checklists are created to help buyers from getting stuck with something that they can't get rid of. There has been far too many buyers that have been stuck with a lemon, or a bad car. Using a checklist to go over different systems will prevent a lemon from going back out on the road. Creating the checklist is not hard, with some thought and help from a good mechanic. Start out by listing the things that you want in a car. Talk to a mechanic about what to look for when observing the car. Using the mechanic's comments, start to build a checklist. Checklist of things to look for to avoid getting a lemon:
Compile a checklist of basic car systems. Electrical, heating and air, tires and brakes; these are a few good examples to start out with. Once you have all of the basic systems listed, know what to look for when checking out the vehicle. Do remember to include the research you've done on dealerships and finances on your checklist. If you have checked out and considered Internet purchases, be sure to have a separate checklist for each of those cars. Mechanical inspections are an absolute must by an outside mechanic, not just the dealer's mechanic. Finally, a CarFax report, or something similar, to show you proof of any previous accidents with previous owners is also a must.