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A Quick Guide To Buy Used Car

Let's say you have decided what type of car that suits your needs and you have worked out a budget for it (you probably have to take into consideration how much your fuel, insurance and road tax costs are likely to be). The next step would be searching for the cars, perhaps from newspaper ads, second hand car dealers and the most common way these days, online classified ads! Thanks to the tools available on the Internet, this has made the process faster and more convenient.

Here are a few pointers that might help you align your car buying goal!


1. Find the right used car

When you know the type of car you want to purchase, do some homework, make yourself aware of the market value of the car and its basic facts so that you know what your car should have, it may save you serious money.

After which it's down to business. Search for your ideal car, compare a few and once you have identified a car you are interested in, get in touch with the seller. When contacting a dealer or an individual seller, get as much information about the used car as possible. Here's a list of recommended questions to ask the seller:

* Why is the car being sold?

* Has it been in an accident?

* How many previous owners have there been?

* What is the condition of the car?

* Are there any repairs needed?

* Have there been any major repairs?

* Do you have a full service record (log book)?

* Is there anything else I need to know?


2. Inspection and test drive

Many people are tempted to negotiate even before they have seen the car, it's better to wait. You should have it inspected before you negotiate to buy. Once you see the car, and you still interested in buying, set up an appointment for a test-drive. If possible, make this appointment during the daytime and preferably when it's not raining so you can see the car in natural lighting and more accurately determine its condition. 

Take a friend with you, preferably one who knows a bit about cars. If you don't have any expertise and are still concerned about the condition of the car you have set eyes on, consider hire a mechanic to inspect the car. If you are buying from a dealer, you probably want a non-affiliated mechanic look over the car.

Test drive the car under varied road conditions - on hills, highways and on local streets to get a feel for different speeds.

Look to make sure the car has all the accessories and options that were advertised, and check if the entire car's features work.

Make sure you request the original registration card (geran), check the name of the owner and other details. You may even want to check with Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ), to make sure the seller is the legitimate owner and if there are any unpaid fines.

One of the trickiest things to deal with when finalizing the purchase of a used car is when the seller still owes money on it. The lender is holding the title and you must make arrangements with them to have the loan paid off and the title transferred to you.

A little common sense can go a long way when purchasing a used car. If you think the car is undervalued or "too good to be true", you probably want to think twice, avoid making an impulse buy.