Hi everyone I recently found a 2013 Chally SRT with 80k Miles for $21k.... 1) is it worth it and 2)are there any issues / concerns I should be worried about with a slightly high mileage? It is being sold by a dodge dealer so that is a relief and all the service has been done there. Thank you!
1 owner is good, could have been a lead foot, though. I would look for signs car was cared for, or NOT. Do the wheel rims have any heavy curb rash, transmission fluid light red and clear or turning brown, much dirt under the rocker panel covers (carpet trim under the door), wear on the brake pedal rubber, driver outside seat bolster worn, feel for paint edge along body panel edges.
A couple questions I have is why don't the stripes continue off the hood over the top of the front bumper? And why don't the stripes continue down the rear bumper through the license plate? They do on my 2012 SRT
It is a used car. So you should give the car a thorough used car checkout. If the car passes this with flying colors it is a good sign the car has been taken care of and not abused. Allow me to post a used car check out write up that I hope you find of some value. Not the be all end all in this regard just add whatever is new in it to what you already know to help you make the right decision on this car.
The Challenger is just a used car so you should inspect/check everything.
My general advice is to visit the car cold, open the hood and check the oil level, leaving the hood open.
In the car start the engine. Be sure all warning lights come on and then go off once the engine has started. Pay particular attention to the CEL. Be sure the A/C is off. You test the A/C later.
Let the engine idle from cold. You want to listen for any signs of ticking/noises or any other signs the engine may not be healthy. A rough idle, backfires, spitting back, anything out of the ordinary.
Get out of the car and walk around the car checking body panel finish, alignment, and gaps. Note the condition of the wheels, looking for any curb rash. Check the tires. Ideally they should be factory sanctioned tires and in good condition. Check the brakes, look at the rotors for signs of damage/excessive wear -- a lip around the rotor outer diameter. Signs of overheating. Cracks. Etc.
Check the hood and trunk hinges for any signs the fasteners have had wrenches on them. At the front carefully check the radiator fasteners for any signs of wrenching.
After some few minutes -- the longer the better -- and with the engine still running ok and sounding ok have the seller take you on a test ride. The route should be around 15 miles long and chosen to give the driver a chance to demo the car as you intend to use it. What is wanted is a mix of city driving with stop and go, steady moderate speed cruising on like a boulevard, and some highway/freeway driving.
If equipped with an automatic while it is still "cold" have the driver perform an K-turn to see how the transmission responds to repeated and rapid changes in direction.
Ideally there should be some opportunities -- once the engine is up to temperature -- for some rather hard acceleration with the driver starting out from a standstill or a slow roll and accelerating hard up through at least a couple of gears. No need to smoke the tires or try to duplicate the factory's 0 to 60mph time but you want to experience the engine under hard acceleration to verify it pulls good, runs right, and afterwards shows no ill effects from the hard acceleration.
While a passenger of course pay attention to how the transmission shifts, how the car rides, feels. The car should not want to pull to one side or the other and the hard acceleration should give the driver a chance to perform a hard braking. No tire lock up but you want to verify the brakes have plenty of bite and the car tracks straight under hard braking.
With the transmission up to temperature, or at least warmer -- have the driver do the K-turn test again.
After the 15 mile test ride then back at the starting point -- leaving the engine running -- get behind the wheel and drive the car over the same 15 mile test route and drive it pretty much the same way although since the car is unknown to you you can dial back on the hard acceleration test. You don't want to let the car get away from you and wrap it around a telephone pole.
After your 15 mile test drive then at the starting point if you still like the car confirm all systems work. From the head lights to the tail lights. From the horn to the back up camera (if fitted). The A/C. Check all the controls. The wipers. Everything.
At this point if you still like the car and believe you can buy it for a good price -- based on your market research -- it is good idea to arrange to have the car given a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) by a tech who is qualified to evaluate the car. A Dodge dealer tech can be used. These guys evaluate trade ins all the time.
This gets the car in the air so a check can be made for any leak sign. At the same time a check can be made for any signs of damage or damage repair.
You want to really experience the car in its natural state: engine running and on the road. All cars generally look good on the lot. But it is how they look and run and feel and sound and smell on the road, or after being on the road, that really matters.
Unless the seller can supply paper work the services are current or you can run the VIN through a Dodge dealer and get a list of services budget for various services: oil/filter, brake fluid flush/bleed.
Tires should be on good condition as so should brakes. If tires are worn unevenly budget for an alignment assuming wear is not severe enough to suspect the car's bent. In this case you don't want an alignment you want to walk away from the car.
Remember these things: Price is not fact only an opinion. And there is always another car. If you find something seriously negative about this car don't feel you have to buy it. There is another car out there you'll like just as much if not more than this one and it won't have any negatives.