Whether it's your first time buying a car or you're replacing your current car, second-hand cars are more cost-effective, if you do it right. Firstly, you will want to look at car listings and pick a car depending on your budget and other needs such as the number of seats, PARF or COE car, transmission type. When you've found what you're looking for, you can contact the seller and arrange for a viewing and a test drive. This is the most important part before you make your final decision. Look out for these before you make your purchase:
1. Exterior checks
Look out for any rust or corrosion, uneven surfaces, mismatched paint colours or misalignment of body parts and evaluate how much repairs will cost you. It is advisable to do exterior checks in a well-lit place, or else use a flashlight to help you inspect clearly.
2. Interior checks
Pay special attention to the condition of the seatbelts, and make sure that the windows, air-conditioning, audio, lights and other electronics are working. Check the condition of the seats and any persistent odours that might be present.
3. Engine check
If you are unsure of the basic engine checks such as engine oil levels, coolant level and transmission fluids, you can usually find out the date for the last engine check as most workshops will paste a decal on the car to remind owners of when to come for their next visit. Do check under the car for any leaks.
4. Test drive
Finally, take the car for a spin. Before that, check if the car lights are all working. When you get in the car, ensure that no warning lights are on, before and after switching on the engine. While on the move, test the brakes and the acceleration and look out for any noise or vibrations.
Once you're satisfied with the condition of the car, all you have to do now is make the purchase.