). We took some test drives over the weekend, and it's likely we'll make some moves in the near future to buy an Outback or Forester. As a first time buyer of a used car, what should I ask/look for
, separate from the inspection to be performed by my independent mechanic? And how much oxidization is too much oxidization under the hood, anyway?
Again, we'll get the used car checked out by our mechanic. We're leaning towards getting a factory certified used car (and would in all events buy from a Subaru dealer), which may ring fence the mechanical issues with the car, as well.
In addition, we will get a Carfax report on any vehicle, and would not accept any vehicles that had been in any accidents. Essentially, we're looking for (and willing to pay for) a recent lease trade in cream puff.
But what should I be looking for or asking about as a prospective purchaser that my mechanic may not address?
For instance, on our test drives, we discovered that only one or two of the particular vehicles came with their cargo net and cargo cover
. I read somewhere on the interwebs to make sure we've got the key to the alloy wheel locks. Also--full size spare or just a donut?
With some of these (e.g., cargo cover, wheel key), I'd expect to roll up in the negotiations. Other things (spare tire) may be off the table. However, I don't know what else I personally
would ask to ensure are (or are not) in our deal. Are there any specific considerations in this regard for Outbacks and Foresters (e.g., related to the swing out roof rack, or whatever)?
Also, sort of a side question--We're in MA, and the salt on the roads gets everywhere. we looked under the hood in a new 2014 and then a 2011, and the 2011 showed oxidization on the bolts, etc.--not "ye olde rusty autocar" but it definitely did not look fresh off the showroom like the 2014. This would obviously come up in the inspection if it's a problem, but it led my wife to push more for 2012s and 2013s, which moves the price point up a bit. What is acceptable wear on a Massachusetts car driven in winter?