Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions should be asked:

  • Has the car been involved in any accidents?
  • Is the car’s service history available?
  • Is there any loan pending on the car?
  • Is there any warranty applicable on the car?
  • Is the car insurance valid or expired?
  • Is the insurance comprehensive or third party?

It is absolutely essential to check the insurance status of the car. The insurance should be valid for at least some time. It is extremely important that the insurance is transferred immediately (usually within two weeks) to the name of the new owner to avoid complications in case of a mishap.

When buying a used car, it is certainly advisable to take a mechanic to thoroughly inspect the car and help you make the right decision. However, if you are an expert in cars, you can choose not to take a mechanic.

The following documents should be checked:

  • Registration Certificate
  • Road Tax Certificate
  • Insurance Documents
  • Service History Book
  • Loan NOC
  • Pollution Under Control Certificate

In some cases, the odometers are tampered with to deceive the buyer into thinking that the vehicle is sparingly used and hence is a good deal. However, buyers nowadays are curious as well as well informed and know how to ascertain that the odometer is tampered, through service records and other indications that suggest the same.

The important points to consider are:

  • Inspect the vehicle exteriors carefully. Check for rust, scratches and dents. Minimal damages can be repaired easily. However, major damages such as extensively rusted areas are indications that it may not be worth to buy that car.
  • Interiors should also be meticulously inspected. All instruments, gauges and switches should be functioning seamlessly. Secondly, the seats and upholstery should have negligible wear and tear and preferably neat and stain free.
  • Most importantly check under the hood. Check for any visible leakages. Check if any pipes/ hoses are burst or cracked. Also inspect if any belts are damaged and if there is any corrosion on any parts.
  • It is vital to take a test drive of a pre-owned car. A test drive can draw your attention to any mechanical faults, unwarranted noises, creaking sounds or any other glitches that might suggest that the car is not maintained properly.
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