Used Car Buyer's Checklist | Morganton NC | Serving Hickory, Asheville & Marion

Used Car Buying Checklist for Morganton, NC Shoppers

No used car is in mint condition, but there's a way for Morganton motorists to drive a pre-owned vehicle that lives up to its original factory standards. To find these quality used vehicles, Morganton Honda has compiled a used car checklist so you know exactly what to look for and do when purchasing a pre-owned car.

Research the Used Car

Marion motorists first need to ask themselves which type of used vehicle they need. By narrowing your search, you can pay more attention to the intricate inspection details. Make sure you research the pros and cons of the make and model you're interested in. By knowing a used vehicle's strong suits and shortcomings, you can land the right car for you.


Ask to see the vehicle's multi-inspection report. Make sure everything is marked green. Hickory customers will also want to take a look at the Vehicle History Report, which should disclose the number of owners, accident history, maintenance habits of prior drivers, and additional details. It's wise to pick a pre-owned vehicle with the fewest number of owners. Additional paperwork like the car title is important too. Check the car's title status to make sure there are no damage-related incidents or red flags, which may include junk, flood, fire, salvage, or NHTSA recall.

Interior Checks

Check for odors. Make sure there is no musty smell. Mold and mildew smells may indicate flood damage. Check the condition of the seats and cabin materials. Make sure all controls and instruments are fully functioning so you can enjoy the car's wide array of features. Marion motorists should monitor the mileage with the car's odometer reading. Calculate the used car's average number of miles per year, based on its model year. Used cars driven less than 12,000 miles per year often hold exceptional value.

Exterior Checks

By walking around the vehicle, Morganton motorists can check the body panels and make note of any scratches, dents, dings, or rust. All doors, as well as the trunk and hood, should close with ease. Check the tires to make sure they have adequate tire tread depth. Tires should be in good condition and the same brand. Don't forget to check that all lights - headlights, taillights and more - are working properly.

Under the Hood

Make sure the engine, transmission and battery are all secure and in ship shape. All fluids should be fresh and at their proper levels. No belt, hose, or other component should be out of place. Make sure there are no leaks under the hood.

Take a Test Drive in Morganton, NC

When you test drive a used vehicle from our Honda dealership in Morganton, NC, you can get an accurate assessment of the car's battery, braking system, transmission, alignment and more. Schedule a test drive in your preferred pre-owned vehicle at Morganton Honda soon!

  1. Morganton Honda

    1600 Burkemont Avenue
    Morganton, NC 28655

    • Sales: 828-437-3181
Loading Map...

Get in Touch

  • Contact our Sales Department at: 828-437-3181
  • Monday8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Tuesday8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Thursday8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Friday8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Saturday8:30am - 5:00pm
  • SundayClosed