Everyone prefers to have a brand new car. Unfortunately, not everyone has the means. With prices ever increasing, some would opt to purchase second hand cars, which are not bad at all. You just have to be wary as while there are numerous second hand cars that are well maintained by mindful owners, there are also those who hide defects to keep the selling price up.
Here’s how you can check if the car you’re eyeing on is well and good for you to purchase:
Check for any damage
See anything suspicious? Check for any indication of collisions, flood, or fire damage. Apart from asking the seller, look closely for any signs of fresh paintwork, dents, creases, or scratches. Discoloration of paint and misalignment of panels often show that repairs were done in the past.
Check maintenance records
Double check the car’s maintenance records to see if the mileage of the vehicle coincides with its service history. Unusual dates or mileage gaps may indicate poor maintenance.
Check the car’s odometer
A car’s odometer indicates how far the car has travelled. This also lets you know when maintenance and repairs must be scheduled. Avoid cars with tampered odometers – making it seem like it was driven less frequently.
Check brake pedals, and gas pedals
Looking at the odometer and pedals, you can already put two and two together. If the pedals are worn out and the odometer has low mileage, this can be a sign of a rewound odometer.
Check if the vehicle has been stolen or written off
Before you get dead set on purchasing the car, investigate if the car has been stolen. If you happen to have bought it without doing so, chances are, you’ll get accused of carnapping even if you didn’t do it.
Deciding on a second hand car is no easy task. It’s absolutely a fastidious one. However, if it it passed all these checks, then you’re in for a ride. You have found the car for you. Just keep in mind that even though it’s pre-owned, you must insure it with a comprehensive car insurance policy in the Philippines. Malayan Insurance is a leading non-life insurance company ready to assist and protect your investment.