Uneven tyre wear is probably a sign of hard driving, perhaps even burnouts or doughnuts. Check inside the rear wheel wells for evidence of rubber.
Look for crash repairs: paint that doesn’t quite match and a ripply finish are the easiest to spot.
If there’s the slightest doubt call in an expert, or back off and find another one.
Budget on paying from $7000 to $11,000 for a 2005 Chrysler 300C Touring; $8000 to $13,000 for a 2007 CRD; $10,000 to $15,000 for a 2009 CRD Touring; $12,000 to $18,000 for 2014 CRD; $18,000 to $25,000 for a SRT8 Core; $24,000 to $32,000 for a 2017 SRT Core; $27,000 to $37,000 for a 2019 Luxury; $35,000 to $47,000 for a 2019 SRT Core; and $45,000 to $60,000 for a 2020 SRT.
CAR BUYING TIPS
Used car prices have generally increased during the period of new car stock shortages so hunt around for the best deal.
Start looking at adverts for used vehicles several months before you intend buying.
That way you can see the prices being asked and whether they are rising and falling as dealers need to clear stock due to overcrowding.
Keep an eye on adverts for new cars that say there are specials on particular models.
These can mean a lot of traded-in cars are taking up too much space in the yards and will be discounted to get rid of them.
If checking a used car at a dealership look at other cars on the lot.
This can give you an insight to the quality of vehicles in which the dealer specialises.
If buying privately ask for proof of ownership of the vehicle and make sure it is covered for you taking a test drive.
Take a slow walk around any car you’re considering, looking for obvious defects.
It amuses us how many people dive into tiny details, only to later discover a major ding somewhere on the other side of the car.
Ideally any road test of a car you’re getting serious about should be done with the engine stone cold. Early morning is best.
If you’re serious about buying a vehicle, tell the seller you would like to take it for a good long test drive.
If they insist on coming that’s understandable, but try to avoid them ‘selling” the car to you.
Put bluntly, ask them to shut up,
In their later years, cars with a reputation for being long lived and trouble free sometimes attract buyers who have no intention of ever servicing them.