Buying a car from the second hand
Used cars are bought for various reasons, and the material here is not always play a crucial role. For example, you can afford a new domestic brand (for example, the “top ten”), but either you don’t like domestic cars in principle, or you want more comfort for the same money – and you are already a potential buyer of a used foreign car with an additional set of options.
The car on the ad buy either very experienced or very confident people, and the presence of the second quality is not always accompanied by the first. You can insure against the purchase of scrap metal by sending the car you like for examination to an independent autotechnical center: check its technical condition and history to see if there is any crime in the past. But, of course, you will not send every proposed car for examination – this is how you can spend all the money before buying a vehicle.
Even if you buy a car for yourself and only for yourself, take a knowledgeable person with you and listen to his advice – this, of course, will not save you from minor problems in the future, but it may save you from big trouble. It is necessary to discuss in advance all the requirements you have for a car with a specialist who will assist you in choosing a car: he will be able to pay attention to exactly what is important to you. Some men advise taking with him any male representative, regardless of his knowledge in the field of technology in general and vehicles in particular. As one of the advisers put it, “buying a car is a game for boys”. In my opinion, the advice is completely meaningless: even if your companion is like one of the Klitschko brothers, not understanding anything in cars, he will not be able to give you any practical advice.
In addition, the “boys” can play so that they forget about the main thing – the car is chosen for you, which means that your needs should be taken into account, rather than men’s (often very approximate) ideas about the “female car”.
In general, if you did not work as a car mechanic before, you are not the car mechanic’s wife or even a friend or friend, trust the difficult task of assessing the condition of a used car to professionals. However, if you fall into the category of very self-confident people and, in spite of everything, you hope only on your own strength, use a few tips.
When buying a new or used car in the showroom you need:
Carry your passport or ID.
Check the vehicle’s equipment (service book, operating manual, first-aid kit, warning triangle, tool kit: jack, wheel wrench). In the absence of any of the items listed, contact your dealer.
Check whether the vehicle has a “Vehicle Passport” (PTS), a reference account (issued by the car dealership when buying a car).
Check whether the car has transit numbers (issued by the car dealership when buying a car).
In a small car dealership and / or when buying a used car or when making a deal directly with the previous owner, you will only need to get a PTS other than the car itself (do not forget to check the engine and body numbers with the record in it). Everything else is a matter of agreement or goodwill of the seller.
Take a flashlight and gloves with you. As men believe, in this way you will be able to make the necessary psychological impression on the seller, even if you really can’t find anything in the inspected car. Inspect the car better in the daytime, in dry weather, the car should be clean – it is not for reasons of hygiene, just dust and dirt can easily hide scratches, small dents, chips. On a wet car, you can not notice that some of the details were painted and, perhaps, were not quite the color that should be. In the dark there is nothing to do at all – you can, of course, listen to the sounds made by the car, but they are unlikely to give you a complete picture of its condition. Ask in advance if the car was beaten, got into an accident. If suddenly, when examining the body, it turns out that the seller had lied or, say, softly, he didn’t say the whole truth – it’s better to stop talking to him right away: it’s still unknown how far he is ready to go into his lies.
Paint defects and dents, body irregularities are better visible at an angle. Sit down near each headlight of the car and carefully inspect the sides of the car and the hood. See if the roof is flat.
To determine whether the car was repainted, you need to look under the seals (rubber) doors, windshield and rear window. After painting on the gum traces of paint remain, the color under them may differ from the color of the body. Experts advise to bring a magnet with you – it will not hold in those places of metal parts that are covered with putty.
To completely hit the seller with your awareness, consider the welds (the joints of the parts of the car body, fastened by welding).