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Are you buying a second hand car? Keep these key factors in mind and use the best engine oil to keep it as good as new!

Buying a second hand car can be a good idea. Not only can such a purchase allow you to cut back on costs and save a large chunk of money, but also allow you to drive relatively tension-free. You can avail cheaper insurance, upgrade and personalise your car, and save up for rainy days. Second cars even offer a better depreciation rate and on using the best engine oil, not only do they perform better, but also to your satisfaction. 

So what factors should one take into account when buying a second hand car? 

There are several factors that one must consider when making any purchase decision, especially, when you buy something that you are looking to use for a couple of years. Some things are more obvious, like”

  • Value for money
  • Needs being met
  • Whether the car is safe for you and/or your family 
  • Estimated life expectancy
  • Mileage, etc.
buying a car

However, a couple of things we might end up being oblivious to, rendering our purchase useless. So, when you are on the lookout for a car, here are some things you MUST take into consideration.

  1. Verification of car documents:
  • Always ensure that the numbers on the registration papers match your engine and chassis number and waste no time in transferring the registration certificate (RC) in your name. 
  • Along with the RC, get your insurance policy transferred in your name as well or get a new one altogether. 
  • Make sure there are no pending loans and that you’ve hands on the original invoice, NOC, service books, PUC, and any such important documents, as there are no two ways about this. 
car insurance
  • Another thing that requires due vigilance is a check of the existing insurance papers of the second hand car you are set on buying, so that you are fully up to date with any and all accidents and claims. An easy way to determine this is by taking a look at the no claim bonus (NCB) percentage applied. The higher, the better. 
  • As the new owner, you will have to pay the difference of the NCB for the balance policy period as it is non-transferable and given to the insured owner, not vehicle. 
 

      2. Condition of the Engine:

There are several things to keep in mind when trying to grasp the condition of used car’s engine:

  • A delay in starting the car indicates a problem in the ignition system or engine itself.
car engine
  • On taking a test drive, make certain that there are no smells being given out by the engine because it could indicate improper combustion and/or worn out components within. 
  • A thorough internal inspection of the parts of the engine is necessary, as well. On removing the oil, if you witness a lot of sludge or carbon deposits, it is a sign of lack of engine maintenance and reduced engine lifespan.

     3. Check for Leaks:

Leakage through any part of the engine or elsewhere is a sign of problem(s). Always inspect the bonnet for any visible signs of oil leakage and that too, very carefully. These can indicate damaged internal components. A coolant leak from the radiator hints at a crack within, as well. Another thing to remember is to check the bottom of the car for any leakage or damage. While it is easy to give any car a brand new look with a wash and polish, repairs take up actual money, which is why the bottom of a car can be the real indicator of the car’s current condition. Another common spot for leaks is the radiator.

checking for leaks

Tiny leaks and greasy spots are normal to every car, but big leaks (drippy, cakey, slimy or muddy in texture) and drops or beads of fluid are red flags. Best avoid buying such cars. 

    4. Take a good look at the interiors
Before you zero in one the right vehicle, you need to be vary of the condition of its interiors. The interiors are visible tangents on which you can negotiate upon – so remember to do a very meticulous interior examination. 

car interior

This includes the condition/status of:

  • Seatbelts, airbags, 
  • Seats and whether you can adjust them all the way
  • Smoothness of the steering wheel
  • Working of all the indicators on your dashboard 
  • Door locks
  • Any noise within
  • AC, window functions
  • Braking & acceleration 

     5. Keep an eye out on the tyres 

Be sure to inspect the tyres for signs of damage by looking for cuts or bumps. The more, the worse. A tread depth test can save your life when driving in extreme conditions related to the climate or even the condition of the roads. Wear patterns and wheel alignment are other things to take into account.

And, last but not least ensure to run the same tests on ALL tyres, not just one. The condition of a car’s tyres can indicate a lot about the way it was being maintained earlier. Stay vigilant! 

     6. Exteriors make for a great negotiation keynote:

While this is probably the first thing any new buyer, one should always check for dents, scratches and other visible components while purchasing a used vehicle as well. All body panels, including bumpers, fenders, and doors should also be factored in, along with any damage to the headlights and taillights, after all you don’t wish to spend extra money on fixing the aesthetics of your car. 

buying a second hand car

In conclusion, buying a second hand car is as great a purchase as any, if done correctly. When going to purchase one, have a checklist ready, so you don’t miss out on any kind of inspection. Take a test drive, get the required documents, take a good, long look at both interiors & the exteriors of your car and inspect the braking-acceleration system. Negotiate on the basis of your observations and seal the deal.

For a good driving experience, it is necessary you keep your car as good as new by making use of the best engine oil and the best lubricants for your car. Not only would these help in extending the life of your car, by reducing wear & tear, but also give you a smooth and satisfying drive. 

Your engine oil is:

  • Responsible for the health of your internal car parts. 
  • It regulates the temperature better, 
  • Reduces oxidation and deposition, and even 
  • Brings down the rate of friction. 

So make sure to invest in high quality oils & lubricants that are right for your car. Safe driving!