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What Are the Best Tips for Buying a Used Coupe?

Used coupes should be checked over carefully.
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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
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  • Last Modified Date: 24 August 2014
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The first and most important step when searching for a used coupe is to find out which models you are interested in and to determine how much you are likely to spend on such a car. Find out as much as possible about the vehicle, including common problems with the car, any recall information, and features and accessories to look for when inspecting a used coupe. It is also helpful to find out what qualifies as a coupe; the specific definition can vary, but in most cases, a coupe is a small, sporty car with two doors and a compact interior.

The inspection and test drive are two of the most important steps in the process of buying a used coupe. Be sure you know what to look for when inspecting the vehicle. Aside from checking the tread wear on the tires — which can indicate alignment issues — you will need to check under the hood for cracked or worn belts, burned or dirty fluids such as coolant, power steering fluid, and brake fluid, and other potentially problematic issues that can lead to minor or major repairs later on. Check the engine oil to see if it has been recently changed; this may mean the seller changed the oil recently as scheduled, or it may mean he or she changed the oil to mask a problem such as a lack of maintenance or burning oil.

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Look underneath the used coupe as well if possible. Check for any obvious leaks; oil leaks and coolant leaks are especially important to look for, as they may be indications of larger problems depending on where the leak is located. Inspect the undercarriage for excessive rust, particularly in the exhaust system, and take note of any potential damage.

When driving the vehicle, it is important to take note of how easily it starts, how quickly it warms up, how easy it is to get the car up to speed, and so on. Test out the brakes, and take note of the steering capabilities. Look for any wobbles or shakes in the steering wheel, and when you apply the brakes, take note if the used coupe pulls to one side or the other. This can also be an indication of a problem that might end up costing you money down the road. If you are buying from a dealer, be sure to ask about any warranties given with the purchase of the car.

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