Used Car Inspection Tips

Written by on May 3, 2019 in Stuff with 0 Comments

If you are in the market to buy used cars in Dubai, chances are that you have an idea of what you’re looking at or if you’re new to the concept of used cars, here are the key inspection tips for a used car.

With any new investment, a personal inspection or ample research is essential before you come to a decision.

The biggest problem many of us face while exploring used cars for sale in Abu Dhabi at a dealership or at the seller’s place is how to make sure that we are not duped with a faulty car. Below are few easy steps to help you inspect a car completely and more conveniently before you go to a professional or expert for help.

Go For The Inspection On A Bright Day

It’s always advisable to go for a physical inspection of used cars when it’s bright and sunny. If you conduct the inspection in low light conditions, you may not be able to carefully check dents or faulty paintwork.

See It In An Open Space

Ensure that you conduct your inspection in a free and open environment where you can get the 360* view of the used car. This allows you to do justice to the visual inspection from all angles to help you look thoroughly.

A Level Ground Is A Must

The car in question must be parked on a level ground for you to check the straight line areas properly. It is difficult to spot deformities in rooflines or window panes when it is parked on an uneven surface.

Take Somebody With You

A trustworthy companion who knows a thing or two about used cars or the general well maintenance of cars such as a mechanic or a paid professional to appraise the car is required to offer you extra insight on the car to assist you with your decision. Well-reputed car selling companies such as Carswitch do rigorous checks on the quality of the used car to ensure that you get the best product.

Things you should take when you go for inspection

  • Notebook and pen or your smartphone to note down any information that you may want to look up later.
  • Flashlight to help you inspect the bottom side of the car or dimly lit areas.
  • A CD or USB with high quality audio or video to check out the music system.

Make Sure It’s The Right Make/Model

There might a false badge on the car to sell it off at a higher price point. You have to ensure that all the credentials are made out to the model in question.

Make Note Of All Readings

It is essential to keep a note of the meter readings when you go for an inspection. In case, a used car interests you, be aware of the reading you noted during the last visit. Sometimes, vehicles on the market are driven around to increase the kilometers during the negotiation period.

Check Odometer Tampering 

This is an issue that almost every used car buyer worries about. Is it possible to be certain if the odometer shows the exact kilometers that the vehicle has done? It is almost impossible to check if the odometer has been tampered with. But it is imperative to cross check for fraud. Although these tricks aren't foolproof, it doesn't harm to check once.

Check Past Service Records

A service record is required to learn about the car’s driving history,. It will show the tenure, as well as, the kilometers travelled by the car. Compare the odometer reading with the record mentioned during the last service.

Check Maintenance and Service Stickers

Inspection or service stickers are usually stuck on the window or windshield corners. Take a look at the reading and compare.

Check the Tires

The car's tires can also be promising indicator to help compare and understand the odometer reading. A set of new tires can last 30,000 to 40,000 kilometers. Compare the car’s age with the year of manufacture on the side of the tire.

Enquire About the Last Owner

A rough estimate of how much the car has been driven around can be learnt from the previous owner. If the person’s lifestyle or profession involved a lot of travel a lot, there will naturally be a higher kilometer reading.

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