If you are buying a used car, there is always the risk factor of purchasing a defective car. Your money, hard-earned money can go to waste if you do not thoroughly check the car before buying it. Although, getting the advice from a mechanic or car electrician is great but here are a few check points for you to see if the car is worth your money or not. Let’s dig in:
History of car
This is important to know especially if you are going for an American car. In most of the cases, the VIN number is printed on the dashboard – you can do an online check-up of the car with the VIN number.
If you are a resident of the UAE, you can check the history of car by logging on the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Interior website. Also, don’t hesitate to ask the owner to share the history of car with you, if he/she is not willing, it means something is fishy.
A normal usage car runs between 25,000 km to 30,000 km/year on average. Check the odometer to evaluate the mileage of car and know the age of the vehicle instantly.
Although less mileage means the car is not much used, it needs to be noted here that the car should be good in shape and well-maintained. Don’t buy a car solely because it has less mileage.
The engine is like the heart of car. If the heart cannot function properly, no point of buying a shiny car. Check how the engine looks – it should neither be too dirty nor clean.
A very clean engine means, it has been replaced and dirty engine means, the owner did not keep it well-maintained.
According to the market experts, always look out for corrosion and rust all possible ways especially if the car is more than 5 years old.
As the UAE’s temperature is pretty hot, there are more chances of your car being rusty. So take a closer look at the car as rust blemish might be an indicator of some serious corrosion underneath.
While taking a look at the car exterior, do not forget to examine the chassis of the car. In UAE, if the chassis has any sort of damage, it is not passed by car registration and inspection authorities.
Also check for dents, scratches, fading of exterior paintwork and waviness (it means new body paint has been applied).