Buying a Vehicle

5 Tips You Need to Know Before Buying a Vehicle

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If you are moving to a new country, or simply starting a new job away from your hometown, the question of transportations arises quickly.

Not all people are lucky enough to live near public transportation. In most cases, they are thinking of buying a new car, especially if they were in a business center of the world like Dubai, Berlin, Beijing, etc…

For example, It’s a win-win strategy for private individuals or car dealers to sell any car in Dubai. And for buyers, this is a convenient way of buying a car at a reasonable price.

Thus, you have found the used car of your dreams and you want to make it an enjoyable experience, not a headache?

Follow this checklist to make sure you’re not buying a pig in the poke.

1 Make Sure the Buyer Is not a Fraud

You have found the car of your dreams, made an appointment with the seller so that you can judge the car for yourself.

  • If the seller does not want a visitor or if it turns out that he is abroad, this must be a red flag. It is better not to spend a cent on this car.
  • If the seller says ok, it is best to see the car during the day so that you can inspect the car outside and in daylight.
  • If you don’t have much knowledge about mechanical stuff, don’t hesitate to ask an expert to go with you.

    2 First Check

Check that the vehicle matches the ad data. Make a copy of the ad and take it with you.

Check that the make and model are identical to the ad, as well as the type and version.

It is also very important to verify that both the production year and the mileage are correct

3 Necessary Documents

Just as you have to prepare a list of necessary documents when selling your vehicle, the seller also has to meet the same requirements.

Among these documents you must find:

  • Certificate of Conformity (COC) in Europe or America/GCC in the Arabian Gulf.

The vehicle manufacturer or importer issues this document to prove the car is good for use.

  • Registration certificate

Needless to say, if this document isn’t available, the deal is gone with the wind.

  • Technical inspection certificate

This document is a must-have when you or the seller wants to register a vehicle, renew or transfer its ownership.

  • Service book

This shows what work has the vehicle gone through. Professional service books mention the mileage and the date of each repair.

  • Manufacturer’s instruction manual

Every car comes with this book. If you noticed an absence of the instruction manual, this means the car was for rent once or many times.

However, the owner can order a copy of the manual from the dealer or download an online PDF version.

Although getting a copy of the manual is possible, but having the original copy can affect the true value of the car.

4 The exterior of the Car

  • Paint

Paint can be an indicator of how the owner takes care of his car, or if it has been in an accident before. Pay attention to paint traces or differences in color, this can tell you a lot about the car.

  • Rust

Look for the formation of rust at the bottom of the car and the exhaust. Also check for any corrosion around the window, the door, and the sunroof.

  • Open & Close

Check how easy it is to open and close the doors, boot, engine compartment, windows, and sunroof.

If you feel like it’s hard to open or close any of these components, look for any deformation in the body of the car due to accidents. You can notice this when the space between the body panels and the doors, trunk, and hood are not parallel.

  • Windshield

Check for traces of chippings, asterisks, or cracks.

  • Tires

Are they compliant? Are all four tires the same or, at a minimum, are the tires on the same set the same? Is the tread depth correct (at least 1.6mm)?

  • Braking

The discs and calipers must be in good condition and there must be no leaks in the pipes. The shock absorbers must also not show any leaks.

5 The Interior of the Car

  • Humidity indoors

Humidity is always a bad sign. Usually, this indicates corrosion in the floors, underframes, or the trunk.

  • Seats

They must be firmly anchored, and they must be able to slide without a problem. Remove the seat covers for proper inspection. Test the heated seats and memories if there are any (don’t forget the passenger seat!). Also, check that the rear seat is free from defects.

  • Check that all seat belts are in good working order.
  • The wear of the pedals should correspond to the number of kilometers traveled.
  • The wear of the steering wheel and the gear lever must correspond to the number of kilometers traveled.
  • Take the time to verify that all controls are functioning correctly. Don’t forget the air conditioning!

Before selling any deal, make sure you’ve done everything possible, consult your heart if it’s like the car or not. And before signing any contract, it’s better to sleep on it till the next day until you are sure this is the ride that you want.

Good luck with your new opportunity.

Author: Sultan Asaad from We Buy Cars DXB

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