Buying a used car requires high accuracy before buying, starting from checking documents or vehicle documents, physical inspection of the vehicle starting from the exterior and interior of the car, etc. It’s different when you buy a new car, then to buy a used or used car, you need to be observant or you will regret it later, especially for beginners and even those who are professionals in buying and selling cars. using four-wheeled vehicles for personal purposes.
Buying a used car in Indonesia is still quite high compared to buying a new car. Buying a used car, of course, has a number of reasons, maybe a limited budget, want to get elegant but cheap goods, want to have a car but still have other dependents, etc. Whatever the reason you buy a used car, make sure to buy a used car carefully. So here are some tips that you can use when you intend to buy a used or used car.
Tips for Buying a Used Car
Check vehicle documents
The first thing you have to do is check the vehicle registration documents. You don’t want to buy a super cheap car, good condition, ok engine, almost 90% in good condition but a stupid car. There are a lot of new cars that are bogus, especially used four-wheeled vehicles. Check STNK, BPKB, and other documents. You can photocopy the document and check it at the nearest Polda or Polres.
Don’t be tempted by cheap prices
Whatever it is, everyone says a product with a price that is too cheap or unreasonable, surely the quality of the goods will also be cheap, just like buying this used car. Don’t be tempted by the low prices offered, you may be interested in cheap but cheap prices, of course, have reasonable limits.
Buy it at a trusted showroom or area
Buying goods at a trusted place or showroom, you will at least be able to get a guarantee, warranty or at least a complaint that can be submitted if it turns out that the car you bought has problems in the future. Do not buy a used car in any area, especially in illegal and unofficial sales places. Buy it at a sales point that already has a brand and can be trusted.
Places that already have a brand (name) will try to maintain their good name so they don’t want to be complained by buyers. Reliable places also usually dare to give guarantees, even up to 100 percent money back if the car purchased turns out to be defective. They also do not carelessly supply four-wheeled vehicles for sale. Usually they supply from large car manufacturers.
Don’t be in a hurry to make a buying decision
You should check everything related to buying a used car before deciding to buy. Don’t be in a rush to buy just because it looks good on the outside. Even though what looks beautiful can be just the outside.
Check the condition of the body and engine
Check the condition of the body and engine carefully, to check of course you are not so thorough. The tip is to invite your friends, family members or co-workers who really understand the condition of a used car (it would be even better if they have a background in engineering) and invite them to check the condition of the used car you want to buy. Some things to check when buying a used car are:
Looking at the bottom of the car can help you determine the condition of the car. The bottom of a car is usually rusty, if you find a patch, you need to suspect that it could be to cover certain marks of damage.
The footwear in the car cabin may be easy to clean, but it’s a good idea to look at the bottom, is it damp or maybe wet? This needs to be done because usually a damp car mat / carpet can make holes in the car body. If this happens, it will be fatal later. Also check the bottom of other carpets such as in the trunk.
If you think kilometers can be tricked and have been done often, try looking at the pedals. If the rubber is very worn, your suspicions may be correct. The signs of use on the seats and steering wheel of a car are usually in line with the age of the car.
Don’t be fooled by the shiny appearance of the engine. Machine washing is usually to cover leaks in the machine. However, splashes of water and oil can indicate that the engine is not working properly. After carrying out a test drive, look again at the rubber seals. In addition, damage or friction in the connection nuts is a sign that the machine has had major repairs in the past.
A machine that sounds good is one that sounds smooth and not harsh. Cars that are still elegant also have the characteristics of being easy to start. After starting the machine try to do a test drive. Try to shift gears, make sure that the shift runs smoothly. Feel the true condition of the car when walking. If it feels heavy, tends to turn left or right, you should think twice about buying it. In this test drive, try to pass through an uneven road to test whether the condition of the car’s legs is good or not. For the entire test drive process, you should do it with the seller so that the seller also knows the condition of the car.
Just do a check on the first chapter seen this. On the exterior of this car, several parts of the car that must be checked are the body. Pay attention to whether there is friction or damage to the body of this car, how is the condition of the paint, is it still smooth or rough. Also pay attention to the glass, whether there are cracked or broken parts. Also pay attention to the lamp, whether there is a broken and able to light up properly, or even the light is no longer clear or even no longer lit. Also look at the condition of the four tires, are they still okay or worn out. Also try to go under to see if anything rusty and porous.
Accessories and Interior
After finishing with the exterior and engine, it’s time to look at the accessories and interior of the car. Some of the accessories and interior components of a car that you need to pay attention to include the dashboard, adjust the air conditioner, carpet, and pay attention to the quality of the seats and ceiling. Be sure to try to sit on the seat, pull it back, and check the quality of the upholstery. The glass part should also not go unnoticed by trying to raise and lower the glass of the car. Also check the wiper button and the condition of opening and closing the car door. Finally, also try to check the turn signal, hazard, headlights, and brake lights. Radio or other audio facilities are also important for you to try by turning it on and playing it.
Finally, the way and the trick to choosing a beautiful and quality used car is to pay attention to the insurance that is on the car. If the used car that you are going to buy has insurance, of course this will be much better. What about the owner’s name? Don’t worry, insurance can be transferred through the transfer process to the insurance company that guarantees the vehicle you want to buy. Don’t forget to prepare complete buying and selling documents so that the insurance transfer process can run smoothly.