Used Car Inspection Checklist

By: Parker Keatin

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What should you look for when buying a used car? You may believe that if the general appearance of the car looks okay and the vehicle isn’t falling to pieces then you are off to a good start.

That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Though it can be difficult to perform a thorough used car inspection independently, it is important to do so so that you do not wind up with a vehicle that comes with a whole list of problems!

After all, the last thing you want to do is chase down legal help to fix the problem. For those shipping their vehicles down, let me tell you – it can be a real nightmare trying to get a lemonlaw company to protect you abroad.

The good news is that this article gives pretty epic tips to help you know what to keep your eyes out for when performing a used car inspection. So, let’s move on to the used-car inspection checklist.

Step One: Inspect the Outer Body
As mentioned above, checking the outer body of a used car is not all that you need to check but it is definitely a good place to start. No rust, dents or visible damage on the vehicle? Excellent! You need to be very thorough with your external checks though. A small sign of exterior damage may seem like nothing but it could very well point to a much larger issue.
When checking the exterior of the car, you need to make sure that the colors are the same on each panel. Ensure that the rubber seals along all of the windows and doors are not peeling away or rotting. Though you may not want to look like a crazy person rolling around on the floor of the used car garage with a flashlight, you need to check the wheel wells with a light to ensure that there are no signs of rust or water damage here as well.

Step Two: Check the Glass Situation

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If the car has no visible signs of damage or issues from the exterior then you can move swiftly on to the next step: checking the windows and the glass. Obviously huge cracks and damaged windows are screaming red flags, but you also need to be mindful of smaller chips. A small chip in the windscreen may look like nothing to be alarmed about but it can quickly expand and become worse. Inspect the vehicle for problems with the windows now, so that you do not have to be forking out hundreds of dollars to replace the entire windscreen in just a few months time.

Small scratches are not exactly the end of the world but they are also worth looking out for. Signs of significant wear and tear like this can be used as a negotiating tool for bringing down the price offered by your car dealer.

Step Three: Test the Lighting

Next step, venture inside the car and make sure that all of the lights are working. This means testing each and every vehicle light to ensure that it is operating correctly. Obviously, you cannot be in two places at once in order to check the external lights so if possible, have a friend or family member visit the dealership with you so that they can help you check. Don’t depend on the assurance of the person who is trying to sell you the car!

In summary, when you test the lighting on a used car you need to test both your high and lo-beams, your fog lights, your brake lights, your turn signals and your reverse lights. Not only is it a felony to drive without some of these lights, it can be incredibly expensive to replace and repair them.

Step Four: Scope Out the Inside of the Car

While you’re in the vehicle tinkering around with the various lights, it is important to keep your eyes peeled for any warning signs about the interior condition of the car. Obviously you want a car whereby the seats, pedals and carpets are not looking haggard and disheveled. There are also more technical matters to look at while inside the car also.

Technical feature-wise, first and foremost you need to check that the air conditioner and radiator works as it should do. The mileage may be a serious factor in your decision as to whether a used car is worth buying or not so be sure to glance over at the clock. As you may well be aware, this is one of the best indicators of a car’s age. Lastly, fiddle around with all of the other components in the car and make sure that they function correctly. This relates to the car radio, the interior lights, the lighter, etc.

Step Five: Glance Under the Hood

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Don’t be one of those car buyers that simply lifts up the hood of their new car, exclaims “yep!” and closes it again. It is important to check under the hood but equally, it is important to know what exactly you are looking for under there! Look at the engine to ensure that there are no signs of a leakage. If you see brown stains anywhere around the hood’s interior then that is a bad sign of a gasket leak. Check the timing belt, the transmission dipstick and the transmission fluid. The components underneath the car’s hood are both safety critical and some of the most expensive to repair.

Before you venture out to the used car lot, read up on the different components of cars. That way, even if you just have a very basic level of knowledge, you will know precisely what you need to look for. Failing that, take a car loving friend to accompany you and help out!

How to Weatherproof Your Car

By Parker Keatin


Winter time is upon us, is your car ready for the drastic change in temperatures and possibly the snow? The winter often exposes the maintenance needs for your vehicle. Unfortunately, this exposure means that you may find yourself on the side of the road, and calling your auto club for a tow to the mechanic. Far too many drivers negate their winter responsibilities to their vehicle; resulting in significant inconveniences in the worst possible season. Here, we will give you the guidance needed to make sure your car is weatherproof this winter season.

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Smart and Sustainable In-Home Technology to Reduce Utility Costs

The financial and environmental costs of using utilities add up fast. In many cases – and we’re all guilty of this – we don’t realize how much we’re consuming until the utility bill shows up. We scratch our heads and think, “wow, there’s no way I used 897 kilowatt-hours of electricity this month.” (The average U.S. household uses that much each month and 10,766 kWh per year.)

Fortunately, there are several in-home tech products that will save you money on your utility bills and help the environment at the same time.

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St. Patty’s Day Shamrock Shuffle

2018 is full of surprises! Not only have we rolled out a brand new website, we are calling this year “The Year of the Charter”. We are starting out with a bang with the announcement of our first ever sell-by-seat tour! So this means we are including selling individual tickets in our repertoire of service offerings and not just focusing solely on groups.

This St. Patrick’s Day (Saturday 3/17), our Shamrock Shuffle Irish Pub Crawl will allow for a safe mode of transportation this upcoming holiday. We will be visiting the best Irish Pubs Portland has to offer. So a special thanks to North 45 PubKatie O’Brien’s, and Whelan’s Irish Pub for hosting plenty of taps at their respective establishments, green beer, Irish whiskey and traditional Irish food. Only $25/person. Must be 21+. Bus leaves at 2pm. Full itinerary and Book your tickets here: Sláinte!

§Drink Green, Wear Green, Ride Green§        21+Over Event


Please take public transportation to the pickup location (or pay to park if you have a DD)

Bus leaves Promptly at 2:00PM (Please arrive 15 minutes early in order to validate your ticket with the driver) around the corner from Kell’s Irish Pub (Corner of SW 2nd and SW Ash)

1st Stop (2:15PM – 3:15PM) – North 45

2nd Stop (3:30PM – 4:45PM) – Katie O’Brien’s

3rd Stop (5:00PM – 6:30PM) – Whelan’s Pub

Drop Off – Kell’s Irish Pub

*Though Kell’s is not a participating bar in the tour, feel free to start the day there or cap the tour off (or both if you wanna get really crazy) there if for some reason you hadn’t imbibed enough!

PS. Don’t get too tipsy and forget to tip your driver! It’s good luck after all!



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The Environmental Impact of Driving Your Own Vehicle

This is an article from Gemma Renton

Car pollution is having a huge impact on our environment, affecting everything from the size of the hole in the ozone layer to the health and wellbeing of the general public, with vehicle air pollution contributing to the rise in individuals suffering from acute respiratory conditions around the world. One of the most devastating impacts of increased motor vehicle use is the increased level of pollutants it is releasing into our air and atmosphere.

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