Cars are a necessity today. Having your own vehicle is a boon, especially in emergency situations. It also helps to avoid long queues for public transport and unexpected delays.
There is a range of automobiles available and a buyer is sure to find one based on his necessity and budget. Those who are unwilling to invest in a new car or those who wish to learn driving, and are sceptical of damaging the coupé, may opt for a used car.
Whether one decides to buy a car from an authorized car dealer or an acquaintance, it is imperative to inspect the vehicle properly. Taking assistance of an experienced mechanic in this regard can be of great help.
We list below a few tips that would help prospective buyers to choose the appropriate used vehicle.
Selecting the Vehicle:
It is significant to select the type of automobile, based on one’s requirement and budget. There are various cars available, such as, those for big families or small families, those with a petrol mill or diesel mill, and more.
Once the buyer decides on the desired vehicle, he may contact the seller and ask for the past record of the auto, including the distance travelled, age of the car, number of car ownerships, original certificates, and more.
Inspecting the Coupé:
Scrutinizing the vehicle is extremely important. Taking professional help in this regard is recommended. The inspection process may be divided into three stages:
1) Exterior Checks – This includes examining the body and the tyres, for rust, wear & tear, dents, scratches, and more.
2) Interior Checks – This includes scrutinizing the engine, steering wheel, brake pedals, dashboard, cockpit, instrumentation, electronics & technologies, rubber lining attached to the car’s interiors, quality of the upholstery, including seat covers and more.
3) General Checks – This includes checking if the vehicle has met with an accident, or has parts that were damaged due to rain or water logging, and more.
If the physical inspection is satisfactory, then one should request for a test drive. This would give an exact idea about the condition of the car. While driving, one must look out for unnatural noises. A test drive would also help identify the health of the engine, the smoothness of the steering wheel, clutch, brake pedals, gear shifts, and other parts.
Finalizing the Deal:
Once all the above-mentioned steps look satisfactory, the buyer may negotiate for the final price and close the transaction. However, we suggest that the buyer checks all documents properly before closing the deal and make the final payment preferably after the transfer formalities are completed.