Second hand cars can have a bad reputation but, with careful planning and good decision making you can avoid the pitfalls and get a great car for less.
For many, the notion of a second hand cars conjures up images of rusting old bangers with gearboxes full of sawdust and questionable mileage sold by untrustworthy characters.
This has been the stereotypical image for decades and even entered the US political lexicon in 1960 when the Democratic party used the phrase on an anti-Richard Nixon election poster.
Since then second hand car dealers have got a bad rap. In some cases, of course, it has been justified, but the majority offer great value used vehicles at reasonable prices. All you need to do is be able to spot the real thing from the duds.
When buying a second hand car Singapore it pays to remember the old saying – ‘If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.’ Another one to remember is ‘You get what you pay for.’
It may be tempting to go for the lowest price car on offer but it can invariably end up costing you more in the long run.
The best thing to do is work out how much you can afford to spend and what you need from a second hand vehicle from Abwin.
Remember that when buying a second car that is exactly what you are getting. Don’t go in with expectations of a new car at a second hand price. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a good value, reliable used car.
For best results, try to go for a car which is five or less years old and with low milage. Check to see how many previous owners it has had and if it was well looked after.
Unscrupulous sellers may try to pass off a badly maintained car as being in good condition so it is important to carry out a few simple checks. Always remember to check under the wheel arches, around the door frames and under the bonnet and boot for tell-tale signs of rust.
It is also important to run a check to see if the car has any outstanding finance payments on it. There are a variety of websites that offer this service for little or know cost. It is also worth checking if the car has ever been involved in an accident, particularly if it has been written off for insurance purposes.
If possible, have a mechanic or someone who knows a lot about cars check it over before agreeing to purchase it.
Buying a car from a trusted seller and remembering these tips can help avoid these pitfalls and ensure many years of happy motoring.