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Gauging the Quality of a Used Volkswagen Passat

Whether you’re looking for a late-model-year vehicle or a great deal on an older car, it’s important to make sure your selection is in good shape before you drive off the lot. Here are some tips to help you prepare for purchasing a used VW Passat.

1.) Familiarize yourself with the specs.

Searching for the right used Volkswagen Passat usually starts with understanding the different trim levels. Certain trims come with different engines and electrical features and have had different recalls over the years. By doing your research, you’ll be able to find out what to expect in your specific Passat and which components in particular you should pay attention to. Have questions? Your salesperson can provide answers and insight to help you choose.

2.) Get maintenance receipts and an accident history report.

How many previous owners has the car had? Did those owners properly maintain the Passat? The answers to these questions can help you determine the vehicle’s quality. If the car didn’t have regular oil changes and other routine maintenance was neglected, that might indicate problems ahead. For most used Volkswagen Passats, it’s also important to know when/if the timing belt and water pump have been replaced, especially if the car has over 60,000 miles on it.

3.) Is the vehicle a certified pre-owned Passat?

One of the best ways to judge the quality of a used Volkswagen Passat is whether or not it passed the certified pre-owned inspection. During the inspection at Trend Motors Volkswagen, 100+ points are tested, reviewed and approved by an expert VW technician, which means you can feel that much more confident with your purchase decision.

4.) Schedule a test drive.

During a test drive, you get the chance to check for leaks, rust, tire wear and general bodywork issues. While you drive, be sure to listen for any foreign sounds coming from the suspension, control arm or engine – especially when going over potholes – as these could indicate repair work is needed. Testing that all the electrical systems work, like the sunroof, radio and power windows, is also key for pre-owned Passats. With these tips in mind, you’ll be better prepared to find a used Volkswagen Passat in good condition. Visit Trend Motors Volkswagen in Rockaway, NJ to view our current inventory and go for a test drive.