Until you have your mechanic check it out.
If you want to avoid a costly mistake, have your trusted mechanic check out the vehicle you are looking to buy. A simple test drive and inspection can sometimes uncover a bad engine, transmission or one of many expensive repairs that maybe looming. Depending on age and mileage, the vehicle maybe due or past due for a major service. The price of services or minor repairs can sometimes be used to negotiate a better purchase price to allow for the cost of needed repairs or service. Finding a good used car can be a challenge. Our advice is to spend the time and money up front, to help avoid making a costly mistake when purchasing a used vehicle.