Now you have reached the second part of the discussion on Important Things to Note When Getting a Secondhand Car. Previously, I reminded you to dig deeper about the vehicle’s history if there were any accidently involving your potential car. Then, I shared a tip regarding the car’s condition. Upon checking, you should be able to plan for any anticipated repairs in the future. You will have a realistic approach on the probable expenses. Let’s now proceed on the next set of tips, shall we?
Verify the details on the registration certificate
Is this person you are dealing with the legitimate owner of the vehicle? Are you going to be the second owner? Perhaps, you will be the fourth, or fifth?
You will find the answers to your questions once you are shown the registration certificate (RC). In the RC, you will find the Owner Serial Number, and this will help you know the numerous times the vehicle has been sold until the present date.
Upon checking the successful transfer of ownership of the vehicle, you should also check the tax records or unpaid dues if there are. Make sure that the vehicle paid any road tax and is certified to be roadworthy.
With all these things to be considered, you should not neglect the registration certificate. This is an extremely important thing step especially if you are buying a secondhand car.
Check if the insurance is still valid
After you done with the RC, check for any insurance. Is the car insurance still valid or not?
Often times, people neglect to check this, but this is necessary because… what if you encounter an accident? You will end up paying up enormous amounts of medical bills if the insurance is not true anymore.
So, before you say yes, please be sure that the insurance policy is under your name. If not, buy a new one. Because if it’s not transfered to your name, you have no right to claim even a single cent. Avoid getting rejected over something you failed to verify.
Inspect all four tires
Aside from the legal documents, you should check on the external parts of the car such as the tires. Worn out tires can make you prone to road accidents. Make sure that the tires are of the same size.
Measure the dimensions, and it should be the same with the ones provided by the car manufacturer. For used cars, you will obviously notice poor alignment, and you will notice uneven treads on tires. This could mean possible problems on the car’s steering and frames. More tips on Always Check Your Tires and Wiper Blades.
Check the car’s mileage
When purchasing a secondhand car, another important thing to check is the car’s mileage. All you need is the number found on the odometer, and divide this by the car’s age.
The milage indicates how the vehicle was utilized in the past. Moreover, a higher mileage would mean more usage. This would indicate that there would be more tear and wear on its parts. If in just a short period the mileage is high, this means that the car is extremely used. A car that is strenuously and exhaustively
is not preferred by most buyers.