Buying a used car
If you are buying a used car, there are certain procedures you need to follow, so you don’t land up in any sort of trouble later, weather legal or technical. The first thing you would need to do is to change the vehicle ownership in your name after buying the vehicle. This has to be done within 15 days.
You should also insist for a credit clearance certificate from the seller. This is to make sure the vehicle doesn’t have any financial liability with a bank. Credit clearance certificate is issued by the credit information bureau (CIB).
In a best-case scenario, both the buyer and the seller should visit the Road Safety and Transport Authority office. Officials at the RSTA office will offer you proper guidance while transferring ownership.
When it comes to the technical aspect, before you decide on buying, make sure you take the car to the repair shop and run down the vehicle for a thorough check up by paying a nominal fee. Take your time while checking the vehicle.
First off, the vehicle should be properly leveled. So look for signs on the vehicles tires, the tires should be evenly worn. Any lopsided wearing of the tire tells signs of improper wheel alignment. Look for the car’s chassis and see if it has sustained any injury. A chassis is the under part of your car on which the whole vehicle sits.
If you really want to avoid any future complications, put the car through a water shower, as it becomes easier to spot for any injury to your car or leakages. Let your mechanic also check for any oil leakages under the hood.
Most importantly, take the car on a ride to check for any complications. Head mechanics can check for signs of vehicle injury through the sound of the engine. Make sure you take the car on an uphill ride to check if it has sufficient pulling strength and power.
Make sure you ask the seller the last time he changed the engine oil. This is particularly important because if you don’t change your engine oil in time, your vehicle would require comprehensive repair and replacement of parts and components which will cost you heavily. Check the color of your engine oil with a mechanic to be sure.
Do not forget to check your brake pad by taking out your tires. If you continue driving on a worn out brake pad, it will start weighing on the brake disc. This will ultimately affect the proper functioning of your car’s braking system.
Put your car on the ramp and carry out a thorough physical inspection of the car to watch out for any history of accidents.