First Time Used Car Buyer – After all the hard work and saving every penny, you are ready to buy your first car. You are now ready to say goodbye to a panic public transportation system or an insecure two-wheeler. At this point, it is very important to be careful not to waste your hard-earned money.
Not everyone can afford the high cost of buying a new car, which is why most ambitious car buyers prefer to buy a used car. The possibility is that inexperienced buyers often fall prey to complex dealers and regret their decisions later. The steps listed in this guide will ensure you get value for the money spent on your purchase.
First Time Used Car Buyer
Examine the making and suitable models
The first step is to determine the right brand and model. You can do research in your home or office because there are a number of online sales platforms, such as OLX and PakWheels, making the process very easy. Just visit this website, enter your price range and note the brands and models available within your reach. After you make two to three brands and models, find their pros and cons. The main factors to consider are reliability, fuel consumption, resale value and maintenance. The last two are very important.
After you decide on the brand and model, it’s time to research the right price. Again, online sales platforms can offer great assistance. Find the desired model and record the price of all the ads available for the model. You then have to calculate the median (average) of all advertisements and then reduce them to 5-10%. This is because the demand of most users is negotiable and higher than the market price. The calculated amount must be used as the starting point.
Where to buy?
Cars can be purchased from used car showrooms, online sales platforms and Sunday markets, but each option is equipped with its own precautions.
Showrooms usually demand high prices and offer cars in poor conditions. You will be lucky to find a good car in the showroom. Online sales platforms require physical effort. You need to visit the seller’s location. It can be very busy and dangerous, but you can buy a good car here. On the Sunday market, you can find many cars in one location. However, most sellers are car dealers. They excel at deceiving you with the decorative aspects of a broken car.
In short, all options are equally challenging and finding a good car is not a piece of cake. You need to be patient and spend a few weeks getting a good car.
What should be checked in the car?
You finally find the results you want in the desired price range. You must then check the car in the following order:
Yes, the body is the most important part of a used car. Many mechanics and teachers will convince you that the engine is more important. The most economical standard car engine can be overhauled in less than Rs30,000 and replaced in Rs30,000-60,000. The body is irreplaceable and is the true identity of a car. Make sure you check the car during the day and make sure the car doesn’t have a big accident.
Check if the paint is genuine. In most models over the age of 10, this is not the problem. Ask if the car has a small touch or complete repainting and avoid buying if the latter. Check floors, pillars and door limits to make sure they are not rusty.
History and documents:
The next step is to verify history and documents. Start by ensuring the originality of the two number plates. Compare the engine number and chassis number that presses the car (under the hood) with the document. Ring the CPLC to make sure the car (or) isn’t stolen. You must refrain from buying a car stolen in the past to avoid complications when resold.
Check the copy of the National Identity Card (CNIC) from the owner and the original invoice from the manufacturer. Ask about tax and excise fees. If the agreement is complete, don’t forget to take the CNIC from the seller and the shipping letter along with other documents.
Engine and suspension:
You will need the services of a mechanic to examine more technical aspects. You must get a car that is inspected by a mechanic only if you are fully satisfied with the price, body condition and documents. On lighter notes, check the seller’s personality. Look at the self-confidence that the seller confirms and ask for a test drive. If the car is reliable, the seller will not hesitate to give you a drive test or drive it to a mechanic.
Other factors include mileage, car accessories, interiors, rims and tires. Although this area is not basic, they can reveal a lot about the history of the car. Carefully cared interior will speak for itself. Ignore cover seats, footpads, door closers and perfumes that look good on the dashboard. They don’t cost more than Rs5,000.
Remember, body conditions, documents, and prices are three key factors that need to be considered. It’s not worth spending a cent for a car that is rusty or completely painted because of their short lifespan. Seek the help of a sincere mechanic or friend, but only if you are satisfied with the factors mentioned above.
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