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Second Hand Cars: A Quick Guide for the Buyers – Volume 2

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An Overview

When you are buying a second-hand car there are a few things that you need to take care of. Intensive research is obviously going play an important part in determining which car you eventually buy. One of the first things that you need to take into account in this regard is the year when that car was registered. In case, the car is 3 to 5 years old and it has run anywhere between 14,000 and 18,000 km you could consider it to be in prime condition.

The next thing that needs to be looked at in this case is the car’s Odometer reading. This will help you to determine when the car was built. The important thing that you would need to keep in mind, in this case, is that there is always a chance that people could play around with that thing. It does not really matter if it is a mechanical one or an electronic one.

You also need to check the engine to see if it is getting a smooth start or not. If the engine has been maintained well it should not produce any bad sound. At the same time, a well-maintained engine won’t give off blue or black smoke when you are trying to make your car run faster. You also need to check if the exhaust is spouting any oil or not.

If the tires are not as good as you want them to be you can always bargain with the seller and reduce the price of the car by at least INR 1000. In this case, check the alignment as well as the wear and tear that the tires may have suffered. Also check for some other important things like the bushings, sounds from the bearings, and the springs. You need to keep in mind that the wheel bearings can cost you a lot.

Once you are done with this make sure to go and check the bonnet. You must also find out if the car has been repainted or not. Also, check the battery area and see if that part has suffered any wear and tear from the acid or not. If you see such damage you can be rest assured that the car owner has not maintained it properly enough.

The Documents

The first thing that needs to be checked in this regard is the Blue Book or the registration certificate. You need to verify if it is a duplicate or not. For this, you would need to go to your nearest regional transport office (RTO) and get the Blue Book verified for authentication. Check if the chassis and engine numbers are the same as it has been mentioned in the registration papers. Check the state where the car has been registered. Ideally, the state mentioned in the registration should be the same as where you are planning to use the car. If that is not the case you should make sure that the previous owner or seller is doing all that needs to be done in order for the registration to be transferred to your preferred state. Also check, if the seller has the tax receipt from the RTO or not.

The next thing that needs to be checked in this case is the insurance certificate of the car that you are buying. As far as the car is concerned it happens to be the most important document of them all. Check if the car owner has made any previous claim related to accidents. For any and every transfer by the RTO, it is very essential that this paper is present.

Wrapping up…

When you are transferring the car to your name it is also very important to get the pollution under control certificate. Also, get the relevant certificate from your local municipal body. This is highly important in case you are getting the car registered in a municipal area. Also make sure that the earlier seller is providing you with the road tax papers. It would be better if the person concerned cleared all the outstanding payment before you bought the car. There are also some other documents that need to be taken care of in this case. In case, the earlier owner had bought the car on loan then you would need to get those papers from that person. Always try and get the original invoice for your new second-hand car from the seller.

With all these important tips on how you can buy a car, we hope this post becomes helpful for your purpose.


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