Tips on purchasing a second hand car

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Buying a car these days has never been so difficult and complicated.

With manufacturers launching a new car nearly every single day, the list of new cars is growing rapidly as time flies. However, there are some of us (especially us Malaysians) who can’t afford the ever-growing price of new cars on the market.

Buying a used car is a good way of saving money whilst being able to drive a car of your selection (and not necessarily a car your grandma would drive). There are a number of precautions to bear in mind, so it’s advisable to take your time looking out for the perfect car at the perfect price rather than to fall in love for the first one you see. Here are a few tips to buying the perfect used car to suit your needs.

ALWAYS NEGOTIATE

Always try to negotiate down the price of your desired car so that you may be able to save additional funds over the savings you already made buying a second-hand car. Even if the car has a small defect, it’s wise to find out how much it’ll cost to repair it by speaking to a reputable mechanic and use the quoted price to further lower down the price of the car.

 

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LISTEN TO YOUR DOUBTS

Should you have even the smallest of doubt, ask more questions and do more research as well as speak to more people who may be able to help you on your purchase. As a strict rule, never buy the first car you view even if the car seems faultless, as you have no grounds for comparisons.

BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

Rain and dim light can hide defects, dents and scratches easily. When viewing the car, mismatched colors on the body panels are red flags which can indicate that the body may have been repaired and repainted.

 

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ALWAYS CHECK THE PAPERS

Study the vehicle’s service history and check that a reputable mechanic has serviced it according to the distance or time intervals set by the manufacturer. Try to purchase a vehicle that has been regularly serviced at it’s dedicated service centre.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK

Do some research on your car online. Whether you’re joining a forum or just reading it’s Wikipedia page, it always pays to double check if your desired car has some issues or problems worth mentioning or checking.

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GET IT INSPECTED

If you’ve decided on the car you’ll be purchasing, bring it to a workshop and get professionals to inspect the car one last time to verify and confirm that the vehicle is in good condition.

AVOID BUYING FROM USED CAR DEALERSHIPS

Used car dealerships tend to buy cars from their respective owners and hike up the price to sell it off for a profit. Try buying a car from owners themselves as most owners don’t have a profit margin in mind.

 

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BEWARE OF LOW MILEAGE

The term “clocking” is the illegal practice of rewinding the odometer on a high mileage car to increase its value. Surprisingly, this is widely practiced by used car dealers. Verify the car’s history by getting it inspected by a mechanic or more preferably the car’s dedicated service centre to ensure that the mileage shown is legitimate and the car has not been tampered with. Pay attention to physical signs of wear and tear on the interior such as the gear knob or carpets that may indicate the vehicle has clocked in high mileage.

Brennell Christian Tan

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Brennell Christian Tan

A writer and natural car enthusiast that loves anything and everything about cars. As a people person, he likes going out and meeting new people albeit wearing a suit, which may explain why his favourite TV series is Suits...

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