Buying a used car is a great way of cutting down costs. Some new cars can lose about 30%-40% of their value within the first year after purchase.
With a second hand car you can greatly reduce the price you pay for mobility.
HAS THE CAR PASSED A ROADWORTHY TEST?
All cars that drive on the road have to pass a roadworthy test to ensure that they are safe.
CHECK THE SERVICE HISTORY
Regular services are a sign that the owner of the car took proper care of the vehicle A car with a full service history will also end up costing you less in the long run as they will usually run smoother and more efficiently than cars that aren’t properly serviced. The standard interval for car services is every 15000 km, or 12 months – whichever comes first.
ALWAYS TEST DRIVE
It’s extremely important that you test drive any vehicle before you buy. Not only to check that you are comfortable driving the car, but also to ensure that everything is running smoothly. A test drive should last at least 20 minutes. This will give you enough time to see if any warning lights start flashing as you drive.
FIND OUT IF THE CAR HAS EVER BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT
Inspect the entire vehicle, looking for any panels that are a slightly different colour or are misaligned. Also look for ripples, cracks and chips in the paint. . IF it has been in an accident, ask for proof that the car has been properly repaired and that it is safe to drive.
CHECK THE ENGINE
Always take a look under the hood of the car you’re considering buying. Look out for any cracked or worn hoses, build-up on the battery terminal, or damage to the fan-belt. Also check for any leaks – an engine that leaks oil is usually unhealthy.
When you buy a second hand car you always need to make sure that you feel comfortable with the car, as well as the person selling the car