It is obvious that used cars run down and will only give you a lot of extra maintenance costs when you discover new problems each day. Nevertheless if you still plan on buying a second hand car in Dubai there are certain things to keep in mind.
Factors useful while checking out some of the Cars in Town
- Request the seller to check the bonnet so that you can look for any signs of oil or fluid seeping out. If the engine bay is clean then you should be doubtful, as the seller will likely have had it steam cleaned to erase any trace of leaks.
- Check for dents and scratches. You’re going to be paying a large sum of money for this, and you want to make sure that the car is free of any impairment. Any small scratches which can be easily touched up could prove useful in exchange the price.
- Next are the tyres. Look for uneven wear on the tread. If the tyres aren’t wearing consistently then that suggests that the wheel arrangement is out, or the suspension needs servicing.
- First thing you should do when checking a used car is to make sure it starts.It should start effortlessly, if it struggles to turn over then there is likely a problem with the battery or starter motor.
- When braking, the car pulls either left or right, then the brake pads are likely worn more-so on one particular side. Replacing brake pads and brake discs is not an expensive repair, but any pulling in one direction should give you another bargaining tool to get the price down.
- Check all receipts from the previous year. Cars which does not come with any service history should be avoided at all costs. If the car has been regularly serviced by its manufacturer then that is a very good sign.
- Start the car and let it run for five minutes. With the doors closed you should judge the AC’s cooling power. If it is not cooling to your liking then the compressor is in need of refilling or replacing. Whereas restocking is easy and cheap and a substitute compressor can be an expensive repair and is best avoided.
- One of the most recommended move is to check the exhaust pipe. While you won’t be able to tell what condition the entire system is in, the tailpipe will indicate the state of the engine.
- When buying a used car it is important to ensure that all the lights are working. Turn the headlights on, and the side lights, and make sure that the high-beams work as well. Ask the seller to sit in the driver seat and press the brake pedal so that you can check the brake lights. Check the indicators – don’t forget the side indicators on the wing mirrors or front wings.
- Before buying any used car, ask the seller to take you for a short drive around the block. Choose a short route where you can legally get up to 120kp/h, as well as one that has tight corners and a set of traffic lights. Pay attention to any unusual noises, if you can’t identify what they are then ask the seller.
- There is nothing worse than getting into your new (used) car and discovering that the radio or CD player is broken.
- If you’re buying a used car then you want to get the best you can for your money. The condition of a car’s interior is a good pointer as to how the car has been treated in the past. If there are stains or cigarette burns on the seats then it is clear that one of the previous owners has not taken much care of it.
- Check the rubber wipers, they should be soft and free of cracks. If they are hard, brittle, or visibly damaged then not to worry, you will have to change them regularly anyway, and they don’t cost very much.
Also look into
- Check for corrosion or rust in all possible areas
- Study the surface of the cover from its four corners. Any waviness spotted in the body paint indicates new paintwork
- Check the edges of the joints, between the panels, feeling for roughness which is created from leftover masking tape, another tell-tale sign of a recent paint touch-up
- Always check the car’s odometer for mileage
Check the color of the oil, the quantity and color of coolant and pay attention to the kind of noise that the engine makes as you turn on the ignition.
Be careful,do not fall for looks because there are cars out there which are worth more than just its looks. The alternative to buying from a private seller is, of course, buying an approved used-car from a certified dealer. It is safe and comparatively reassuring.