A second hand car is definitely an amazing option for a novice. As a beginner, it lets you test your hand and gain confidence without burning a hole in your pocket. However, there are some downsides of second hand cars which you should know about before buying one.
An old car will require replacement of batteries, tyres, and other worn out parts. Also, these are not as reliable as the new ones. As an owner, you may have to face frequent breakdowns.
So before you invest in a second hand car, here are some important points to consider to make a wise decision:
- The Budget
It definitely helps to have a clear idea of the amount you can afford on the second hand car. This will prevent you from exceeding finances and make a better choice. You should also consider insurance and other expenses while deciding on the budget.
- The Model
After deciding on the budget, it is time to find the right car. Research online and go through Indian car news in Hindi or a preferred language to get latest information on car. Having specifications in mind will help you narrow down the search and choose the best. It is advisable to look for newer used cars.
- Certified Vehicles
A certified pre-owned vehicle is the best option. These cars offer similar benefits as new cars and even save you a good amount of money. This offers you an additional extended warranty and any outstanding original manufacturer warranty.
- The Interiors
Getting car checked from a mechanic is important. However, most dealers may not be that interested. Check the car on your own. Using an OBD2 scanner is a must. Check the interior and make sure everything is in good shape. There should be no fading, mismatching of paintwork. The engine should operate smoothly and accelerate without resisting. You should assess the car chassis. Try to figure out by the bodyline if the car had met an accident in the past. Inspect tyres for signs of rough wear. Also check the condition of the battery. It is important to look for service history within the Service Booklet/Owner’s manual.
- Test Drive
Test driving must be done on varied road conditions for around 4 to 5 km. Check for the condition of brakes and clutches while driving. Inspect the speedometer and mileage recorder carefully. The steering should not vibrate.
- Paper Work is Important
This is important to keep from purchasing a stolen auto. Some of the important paperwork to check includes registration book and taxation book.
- Check for the Invoice
The invoice should carry the engine no. date of delivery, chassis no. etc. You should focus on getting the original invoice from the owner.
- PUC Certificate
A valid PUC certificate is important for every car. The certificate is valid for a period of around one year for all new cars and consequently a certificate must be acquired every 6 months.
- Transfer of Ownership
Remember that sale of a car also changes its ownership. Transferor or the original owner selling the car should inform the RTO about this transfer. He/she can do this via sending a letter with information related to the transferee or new owner within two weeks.
Negotiating according to the present car condition will really help. For instance, if the vehicle demands some kind of immediate repairs or service, try and reduce the price accordingly. You may even take a friend along to ease the task of negotiation.