Friday, October 7, 2011
Advice: How to choose a good used car
Before you buy a used car, you should look out for many things. The most important thing is that the vehicle is legally in order to avoid serious problems later.In addition, it's important to look out for it's condition to prevent any serious "hidden" investments after you buy the car.
Here is some useful advice:
Most cars that come from abroad to your markets are probably already damaged in their home country. This is confirmed by the car sellers themselves and they also claim that completely preserved specimens are a true rarity. Cars aging 6 years or less should not have any signs of corrosion on them. If corrosion does exist it is usually a sign of suffered physical damage. Minor scratches should not represent a problem. It is important to pay attention to whether the car has serious damage. This is best seen from the engine department and the boot. In these parts often remain traces of severe damage, poorly welded and poorly painted metal parts that are difficult to access. Pay attention to the gaps between the doors, wings, hood. Gaps should be equal to the left and the right side of the car. The difference in size of gap may indicate serious damage to the body.
Try rocking the car by pressing one end of the car. If the shock absorbers are faulty vehicle should be easy to swing. When you stop rocking the car back and forth, good shock absorbers will stop the vehicle rocking in a short period of time. Bad shock absorbers allow the vehicle to make a couple more minor swings. Also if you are having a bouncy and bumpy feel on the steering wheel while driving the car, this also indicates suspension deterioration. If the wheels bearings are bad you will hear humming from the wheels during driving, therefore you must replace the bearings. Tilted car on a flat surface mean that the springs need to be replaced.
If you notice that the engine compartment has been recently washed it's not a good sign because the seller may thus wanted to cover up some clues. Open the oil pouring cap on the engine. White condensate on the lid indicates the occurrence of water in the engine, which means that the engine is close to a general repair. If there is smoke coming out from the oil compartment while the engine is running, it is a sign that something is wrong with the links, valves or pistons. A good engine runs still on idle, and the cylinder compression should be equal on all cylinders.Observe the color of exhaust gases while the engine is running. Bluish exhaust gases indicate the occurrence of motor oil.
Ripped or even teared leather or covers on the seat or door can be a reliable indicator of the use of a car. If you have seat covers it would be good to take them off and check the condition of the seats underneath. Look carefully at the safety belt because the condition of the edges also tells a lot about the usage of the car. The exact mileage of the car is virtually impossible to determine, but using the most modern diagnostics you can roughly estimate whether the vehicle considering its manufacturing date, moved more or less miles than the average, as and whether there were some serious interventions. One of the easiest ways to determine whether the car was damaged, is using special instruments that quickly determine the thickness of paint, which must be equal in all parts of the body.
To determine whether everything is all right, it is best to take a short and sharp test drive. If you are able, bring with you the owner of the same model, because he will be able to identify any shortcomings. If no indicators on the dashboard come on upon engine start-up , it does not necessarily mean that all devices on the are correct. It happens that resellers deliberately remove light bulbs to hide flaws of a car. It is useful to park the vehicle several times, as this will determine whether the power steering works properly. During driving, do not listen to music so you can register sounds that indicate the faulty vehicle components.
If you buy a car that was imported from Europe, it is very probable that it has lots of miles in various weather conditions and such vehicles certainly require smaller or larger investments. Cars with petrol engines generally passed aproximately 150,000 km, unlike diesel, which typically have twice the mileage. You should know that the crossed mileage is much less important than from who you are buying the car, so you could check the condition of the engine in an authorized service center. The essence lies in the answer to the question of how much the engine can serve, not how much it served the previous owners. Therefore, ask the authorized service about the condition of the engine, and how much more usage the engine can take before a general service/repair.
Posted by Filip at 5:22 PM