Thinking of buying a used car? For many people, this is the best route to take when looking for a vehicle. Used cars are less expensive but can be just as reliable and nearly as up-to-date as a new one. If you're thinking of buying a used car from Linwood Motors or elsewhere, here's what to look for.

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Check out the paint job

Give the car a look-over to see that the paint job doesn't have any rust spots or dents. Know that small chips in the paint can often grow to become rust spots, so be on the lookout for these as well.

Good, matching tires

When you're buying a used car, the tires it has should be of good quality. If they're not, that should be reflected in the price, since you will have to replace them. Look to see that the tires all look worn evenly and that they are all the same brand and look to be in good overall condition.

Clean interior

Don't just examine the outside of the car. Check out every nook and cranny inside, too. Make sure there's no damage to the upholstery and that everything works, from the buttons to the knobs to the automatic locks.

Rust-free mechanics

Pop open the hood and take a look at the general condition of the components. Things like rust, dents, or other damage might be an indication of poor car maintenance from the previous owner, and may cost you in the long run.

Take it for a test drive

If everything looks good, the last step is to take the vehicle for a test drive. While you're out, check to see that things like the air conditioning and automatic windows work. Check the brakes and see that they don't vibrate or pulsate. Listen for any strange sounds. If you don't notice anything unusual, you should be in the clear. And, when in doubt, you can always have a used vehicle looked at by a mechanic for a professional opinion on the state of its condition.