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Inspection Tips When Buying a Used Vehicle in Newport News, VA

You can find many used cars for sale in Newport News — including ones here at Casey Auto. But before you buy one, you need to make sure it’s in good condition. The salty ocean air and cold winters here in Hampton Roads can cause vehicles to deteriorate quickly, so we recommend you perform this pre-purchase-inspection on any used car in Norfolk.

Inspect the exterior for rust, chipped paint, and dents

This should be the first used car inspection step you perform before you even unlock the car. Assess every inch of the vehicle for signs of damage, whether from physical impact or deterioration. Give special attention to the rocker panels, undercarriage, and fenders. Any miscolored portions could be from touchup paint that’s hiding rust.

Look under the hood

You may not be a mechanic, but you can still notice when things are obviously awry under the hood. Look for damage to the battery, motor, hoses, and belts. Does anything look broken or rusted? Leaking or soiled fluids are also problematic.

Check the electrical components

Malfunctioning or short-circuited systems can be expensive to fix — and a sign of underlying weather damage. Make sure the exterior light bulbs, dashboard lights, dome lights, sunroof, touch screen, radio, seat adjustments, heaters, windows, and everything else works as it should.

Take a test drive

Like any car you want to buy, a trip around the block is a must. With used cars, you’ll want to make sure the car drives as it should. How do the steering, acceleration, suspension, shifting, and braking feel? Do you notice any major lag or pull against your inputs?


Casey Auto only sells used cars, trucks, and SUVs that are in great condition and don’t suffer from these hidden problems. You can trust our Newport News dealership to sell only reliable, quality pre-owned vehicles.


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