Before you even attempt to buy a secondhand car, you need to verify a few things first before purchasing a car from a dealer. Also, what are the things you need to know when buying from a private owner?
You do want to buy a car, but a new one is something that will cost so much. So, you have another option, a secondhand car. The thing is, there is always this doubt whether or not it is safe. You don’t want to end up with a secondhand car that will give you headaches with all the repairs later on. Knowing your doubts and discomforts in purchasing a used car, this checklist will guide you. Here goes:
Know the Vehicle’s History
This should be the first step to take. You should know all the information needed about the used car you want to buy from the owner. But there is also additional information at CARFAX where you will know if the car had a long history of accidents in the past. You need the vehicle identification number to know all the gathered data on the vehicle.
This should be in your MUST do list to make sure that there will be no problem in purchasing the secondhand car.
Check the Interior and Exterior Condition of the Car
Check the exterior and make sure there are not dents or spots and that headlights and tires are still in perfect condition. Examine the interior and take it for a ride to test drive the secondhand vehicle. Pay attention to the engine, steering, wheels, cooling. Make sure you ask a professional mechanic to take a good look at the car. This will avoid untimely expenditure on your part.
Make Sure You Check the Registration Certificate (RC)
You must know if the one you are dealing with is really the owner of the car. Is the he the first or second owner? You can check this by its Owner Serial Number, which is in the RC. It will tell you how many times the car was sold.
Fill up and submit Form 29 and 30 released by the RTO. Also, make sure that the former owner paid all necessary dues, including the road tax. Check the Valid Pollution under Certificate (PUC) and the Bi-Fuel certification to know if the car is fitted for LPC/CNG.
The history of the car and the car’s registration certificate are the most vital things you need to check before buying a used car.
Verify the Validity of the Car Insurance
This is one detail that a lot of people give less importance to but nonetheless still vital. Verify the current insurance papers of the used car you want to buy. This will help you find out if there were accidents in the past and if it has any insurance issues. Do not forget to transfer this in your name. If you forget, well, if there is any car accident in the future your insurance claim may be rejected.
Take a Look at the Tires of the Car
You need to take a close look at the tires and know the date of the manufacturing of the tires. Check if they are tattered equally. The dimension should equal the dimension of the car manufacturer. Poor alignment in the tires will result to an irregular treads. This means there are problems in steering, suspension, and frames. More will be discussed on the Things to Know Before Attempting to Buy a Used Car (Part 2)
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