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Buying Guide

Are you in the search for the perfect used car for yourself? Scared to buy something that might not work out? Wondering if you can spend less than you would on a new car?

We offer you a guide to buy a used car that is safe, reliable and will last for years to come.

Before Buying a Used Car:

  1. Budget: Take into consideration the amount of money you have to spend.
  2. Requirements: Evaluate your needs. For example, a 4WD might not be appropriate if you want to drive in the city.
  3. Security: Check out the security features of your preferred car.
  4. Costs of Insurance: Insurance costs will vary from model to model. You can get some quotes when you narrow your options down to have an idea.
  5. Eco-friendly: Look into the car’s fuel consumption and emissions rating. Green Vehicle Guide can assist you.
  6. Regulations: Search your state’s rules and regulations for buying used cars. Check to see no money is owed on the car. Dealers need to guarantee no money is owed on the car.
  7. Inspection: Look at the car in daylight so dents and scratches are more clearly visible.
  8. Tyres: Check the tyres for tread, approximately 3-4mm, and uneven wear.

After Buying a Used Car:

  1. Insurance: Once you’ve brought your car, get insurance. This should be before driving it anywhere.
  2. Registration: Transfer registration to your name. Do this within the few days of buying your car.
  3. Warranty: When buying from a dealer, they must provide a statutory warranty. However, this can exclude radio, air conditioning or battery parts. Make sure you discuss on what is not covered.

Test Driving

  1. Take the car out on a road with less traffic so you can concentrate more on the car and less on the traffic.
  2. The engine should run smoothly, including cruising, accelerating and braking. Test it on flat roads and uphill both.
  3. Gears should change smoothly.
  4. When you drive over speedbumps, listen for any rattling or other body noises.
  5. Check the brakes. The car should not be pulling to one side. Braking should be smooth and easy.
  6. When on a straight road, ease the grip on the steering wheel and check to see if the car pulls to one side. This can indicate a misaligned steering.