Buying a stick shift car can be intimidating. Stick shift cars are very similar to any other car. The only difference is the manual transmission and clutch pedal. Knowing what to look for and how to detect the problems is key.
- Of course, mileage is very important
- If you’re buying a used car, check the oil, tires and go for a test drive
- Step on the clutch and see where it begins to engage
- Make sure the emergency brakes aren’t worn out
- Test drive the car and go through every gear
- Put the car in neutral and rev the engine to make sure it’s smooth
- Make sure you get an accurate background for the car
Buying a Stick Shift Car
Check the mileage and the oil. Cars that are driven in the city usually have more wear and tear than cars driven in suburbs. Turn on the car and rev the engine. It should be smooth. Take it for a test drive and listen for ticking in the engine. Listen for any knocking noises when making turns to make sure there is no problems with the bearings. The muffler shouldn’t be smoking. On a cold day, some white smoke will come out when the car is first turned on, but that’s normal.
Check the Clutch
Stick shift cars have clutches, so make sure the clutch doesn’t catch too high.. Put the car into first gear and start coming off the clutch. Most clutches begin to catch about half way up or sometimes a little more. Make sure the clutch doesn’t catch too high, or else that means it’s worn out and needs to be replaced soon.
For new cars, the clutch will be very responsive. The window to buffer the friction point will be smaller. It’s like taking two magnets and bringing them close together. When you get too close, they will snap together. Same with a brand new clutch. As you come off the new clutch, it will get to the point of friction and quickly engage. Most new clutches need to be broken in.