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Five Traps to Avoid When Buying a Used or Reconditioned Car

Sep 07 2019

Motor-Bazar – Buy and Sell Cars in Bangladesh

 

Buying a car is an exciting experience, however at times it can be stressful and time-consuming as you’re about to spend a large sum of your hard-earned money on a single purchase. Therefore, it’s very important that you do careful research and make a well-informed decision when buying a car.

 

To avoid buyer’s remorse by purchasing a lemon, buyers need to take extra precaution when selecting a car as some facts may be hidden from the car buyer or tampered with to present the car in a more appealing way. In this article, we’ll discuss the traps to avoid and the precautions to take when buying a used or reconditioned car.

 

  1. Check the mileage

Once you’ve settled on the car model and make, the first thing you would want to do is check the mileage. 

 

Cars with higher mileage are prone to faster depreciation and the usage impacts the performance of the engine. Another factor you may want to inspect more closely is odometer tampering (this happens to reconditioned cars often). 

 

If a car shows low mileage yet you feel the wear and tear of the vehicle be careful as the odometer may have been tampered with.  Excessive wear and tear in the interior, regardless of what the odometer says, is a clue that the car has seen significant mileage. Look out for:

 

  • Brake pedal pad worn through the metal beneath

  • Driver’s seat outer edge is worn through.

  • Water leaking directly under the floor mats 

 

Also check for Odometer Rollback – this is when the car seller unfortunately manipulates the mileage to make the car seem newer than it is. The first way to detect odometer rollback fraud is to compare the mileage on the odometer with the mileage number on the vehicle maintenance or inspection records. Check for any evidence of sabotage (scratches, cracks) in and around the odometer. 

 

It may be wise to bring an independent car inspector or mechanic to the car showing as this may very well be worth doing to avoid buyer’s remorse later on the track.

 

  1. Validate the market value and price

On Motor-Bazar.com we have plenty of car models advertised.

 

Do your research and be an informed buyer buy comparing the prices and market value of the model you like with others on the website. This way you have a ballpark figure in mind when you meet the dealer, or the buyer and you can negotiate with that reference figure. If you are going with a dealership, check out different dealerships before you settle on anyone. That way you don’t end up paying a higher price for your car.

 

In general, if it’s too good to be true, the chances are it probably is. Don’t be fooled by cheap pricing and let it be the only deciding factor when you buy the car. It also is important that the car be well maintained, and all the other quality factors check out otherwise you will land up spending more on maintaining the car than you did buying it.

 

  1. Research about the car dealer

 

When buying from a car dealer investigate their background and reputation. Check the size of their inventory and notice if there are any scrapped cars lying around. It could be that the dealer refurbishes the cars to hide cuts and major defects and then sells them

for a profit (such as serious car accidents). Always check the dealer’s license to ascertain the authenticity of the dealer.

 

Luckily, for you Motor-Bazar.com has already pre-selected a panel of reputable car dealers in the market that advertise quality and reliable cars.

 

  1. Check the car’s vehicle history report and documentation

 

One of the most important factors to thoroughly check is the car’s documentation. You want to make sure that you haven’t been fooled into buying a stolen vehicle. Therefore, it’s so important to ensure that all the proper paperwork is in place before you finalize the deal. Check that the seller’s name and address match up with the owner info on the vehicle registration form.

 

Also watch out for VIN cloning which happens especially for reconditioned vehicles. Stolen vehicles are often sold with vehicle identification numbers (VINs) that have been swiped from legally registered cars. One way to avoid being a victim of this scam is to verify that all the VINs on a vehicle match, including those on the dashboard, the driver’s side door sticker, the car’s frame and the paperwork for the vehicle.

 

It’s also very important to look at the service history of the car, that way you will be aware of how often the car has been serviced. This will also give you an indication of any major repairs or damages and how well the vehicle has been maintained.

 

  1. Double check the condition of the car

 

When you’ve found the right model and make, double check the condition of the car and try before you buy and take it for a test drive. The engine should work smoothly and should accelerate from a standstill without much resistance. The chassis of the car will also indicate whether the car has met with an accident or not.  As discussed in the first point, it may be wise to bring an independent car inspector or mechanic to the car showing to assess the quality of the vehicle.

 

When inspecting the car be aware of these potential traps:

 

  • Damp, musty odours are indications of leaks in the windshield, weather stripping or heater core.

  • Cars that ride lower in the front as compared to the back indicate worn springs.

  • Vehicles that bounce when pushed on indicate worn shocks and struts.

  • Tyres with worn outer edges from the front end represent the need for an alignment.

  • Clanking noises when the vehicle is in gear point towards a problem with the drive shaft universal joints.

  • Repainted body panels. Check this by looking at the colours of adjoining panels to see if they match the front fender.

  • Motor oil that is not full indicates that the engine may be leaking or burning oil.

  • Knocking and ticking sounds that increase as the engine speed increases represent major problems and costly repairs.

  • Transmission fluid that is black or brown may indicate internal damage.

 

We hope that this article has helped you pick the right car for you. Choosing the right car for you is a major decision in life and don’t take this lightly or rush into things without careful research and planning. Please take the time to search and compare both new, used and reconditioned car suits your preference and budget best.

 

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