Here Are The Top Tips That You Should Perhaps Consider While Buying An Used Car.
The used car market in India has been growing steadily. In fact at about 3 million used car sales each year, it’s even bigger than the new car market. You believe that there are even more users who want to buy a used car but they don’t. Because they have concerns like what are the used car turns out to be unreliable, what are the documents that I would need? well we’re here to talk about all of those things that you should keep in mind while buying a used car. All of those things that would help you with your next used car purchase.
1.Analyze you need
You need to be absolutely sure about what kind of car you are looking for, whether it would be a small hatchback or a bigger sedan or an even bigger SUV. You might decide this based on your preference, family size and also your budget. Once that is done you can start looking for all relevant car options to different channels like friends, brokers and online forums.
The most important thing that you should keep in mind when buying a used car is reliability. This should take precedence or all other things that you may have in mind say color, music system any other accessory perhaps. Now there are some tricks that you can conduct that would help you determine the car’s condition and in effect its long-term reliability.
We start with the engine which is also the heart of the car to see if it’s okay or not. Start when it’s absolutely cold, run it for at least thirty minutes or so. After that check the engine oil condition by removing the dipstick.
- Engine oil of a healthy engine would have golden brown or reddish brown color.
- Completely black engine oil is an indication that car has not been serviced since long time.
- Open the engine oil filler cap, if there is creamy sludge it’s an indication that head gasket is probably damaged and will require major repair.
- Check for rubber hoses, belts and radiator to confirm that none of them is in bad condition or is leaking or broken.
The color of the coolant tells a lo about engines condition.
- Dirty brown liquid in the overflow container indicates an issue like blown head gasket or cracked cylinder head or block.
- Check the color of the exhaust, blue color is an indication that the car is burning engine oil.
- An extremely dark black smoke is an indication that the car is having issue with burning fuel.
- While persistent white color smoke is not good either and it is an indication that there’s coolant leakage into the combustion chamber.
Also put your finger in the exhaust to check if there is any greasy grime, this indicates even deeper problem. Stay clear of all these cars.
3.Check Exterior & Interior of car
Coming to exterior minor dents are nothing to worry about but be aware of cars that have undergone any major accidental repairs. Different tone for different body panels, any rough patches, inconsistent panel gaps, patchy welding marks etc… give an indication that car has been in a shunt. You can also find this out by visiting the service station or by contacting the insurance company too. You can never be sure of the quality and the extent of modification that were done on a car. Therefore you should avoid considering cars that have telltale signs of heavy modifications like large spoilers etc.
Check that the equipment like headlight, air conditioner, indicators, boot lid shocks, power windows, taillights etc. are in working condition. Have a good look at all the seats and check if there are any signs of damage. Have a good look at the dashboard, steering wheel and confirm that the wear and tear correspond to the age that’s shown by the odometer reading. Also open the trunk and confirm that it’s in good condition. Any signs of rust and wear and tear confirmed have usage. A test track would reveal almost everything what has so far not become apparent.
4.Test Drive the Car
Take a comprehensive test drive and grab it in all gears and speeds and all kinds of roads with music turned off. Watch out for any unusual sounds that might indicate the extent of wear and tear of suspension and steering components. Drive without holding the steering and check if the car pulls to one direction even on straight roads. It would let you know if there are issues with wheel alignment. Test the brakes under gentle as well as hard braking pressure and notice if there are any unusual sounds or vibrations. Also see that car does not pull to one side under braking.
There are some other important things that you should keep in mind. One is engine size. Lot of cars comes with different engine sizes nowadays, verify that engine size mentioned on the registration certificate match the badge that’s there on the car. Have a good look at cars service manual and confirm that it has been visiting the authorized service station as per the schedule. Apart from checking that the engine and chassis number match with the ones that are present on the RC, make sure that you absolutely get all the documents that are listed here before finalizing the deal.
- Registration Certificate .
- RTO forms 32 & 35 with NOC from finance company
- RTO forms 29 & 30 – Buyer seller agreement.
- Car insurance transferred to your name.
- RTO forms 20, 27 & 28 – For interface transfer of vehicle only.
- Road tax receipt and sale invoice.
- NOC certificate from RTO for retrofitted fuel kit.
- No dues from traffic police and NOC from state police.
It’s very likely that the used car that you’d purchase not be perfect but make sure that you handle hard on all the defects that you can see in the car. It’s always better to take a friend or trusted mechanic along if you’re not so sure of your own judgment. We hope this information would have helped you to some extent and would inspire you to look for your next car in the used car market.