If you need to purchase a vehicle during the winter time, you want to make sure that the vehicle you purchase is ready for winter weather. You should inspect the vehicle's battery, windshield wipers, belts and tires before purchasing a used vehicle in the winter time. You want to make sure that you can actually drive the vehicle without the need for lots of repairs.
#1 Check The Battery
Winter is an especially hard time on batteries. It can take more energy to start up and warm up your car in the winter time. Additionally, batteries tend to drain faster when the temperatures get really cold outside. Turn on the vehicle and pay attention to how well-charged the battery is. You want the battery to be charged 50% or more.
Also, check the terminals on battery as well. Make sure that they are not rusted. This can impede the performance of your vehicle's battery.
#2 Check The Belts
Check the belts under the engine of your vehicle. Make sure that they are not brittle or have cracks in them. Brittle, cracked belts are very likely going to fail soon, and cause you a large repair bill. You want belts on your vehicle to be crack free and pliable.
#3 Inspect The Windshield Wipers
You don't want to get caught in a rainstorm on your way home only to find out that your windshield wipers don't properly wipe water away from the glass. Test out the windshield wipers by using the wiper spray feature to see how they move. The windshield wipers should not leave behind streaks.
Look at the blades. If the plastic on the blades is worn down, cracked or has exposed metal, the blades need to go. This is a simple repair ask that most dealerships will make for you if you just ask to have the wipers replaced before you purchase the vehicle. You want to be safe when you drive.
#4 Inspect The Tires
Finally, make sure to inspect the tires on any vehicle you are interested in purchasing. You don't want to purchase a vehicle that has tires with a really thin tread on them or that are really worn down. You want to have a lot of traction on your tires, especially in the winter time.
If you live somewhere that gets a lot of ice and snow, be sure to check and see if your vehicle comes with a set of snow tires and regular tires. Snow tires are common in really snowy regions and are a great way to provide you with the grip you need in the winter.
When purchasing a vehicle from a car dealer in the winter time, make sure that the vehicle is ready to handle winter weather without a lot of extra work on your part.