Things to Check before Buying a Used Car in New Zealand
The purchase of used cars has become a common practice when changing cars in a family. In fact, a few years ago in Spain more second-hand vehicles than new ones were sold. Within this market 47% corresponds to cars with more than ten years since their minor facilitates the payment without resorting to credit.
This fact involves some risks. As there is a greater demand, the price of these cars has increased by 17% in recent years, according to concessionaires, and since 60% of transactions between individuals, the guarantees go down. Therefore, you have to be sure that the car you buy does not have any problems.
List of tips to avoid that possible breakdowns mean that the second-hand car comes out more expensive than a new one.
Decalogue to locate problems in the car
Starting: If the car does not start immediately or the idle is stable, there can be serious problems.
Direction: The direction must return to straight when you turn, already in March. You can also use an old trick. In a straight line (at about 80 km / h), release the steering wheel and check that the car is not going somewhere. Once stopped, turn the steering wheel all the way to one side and another to check that no click is heard. If it is assisted, check that it does not cost more to turn one way than another.
Transmission: If turning and accelerating sounds a click, it is a symptom of some problem. Attention must be paid to the rubber seals that are before their union with the wheels and possible oil leaks in the area where it joins with the gearbox.
Suspension: To know the condition of the shock absorbers you can push hard on the car, just above each wheel. When it reaches the point of maximum compression, it releases and if there is a rebound, it is a sign that the shock absorbers are not very good.
Exhaust: If the color of the smoke that comes out of the exhaust pipe is blue it indicates oil consumption, if it is white it means that fuel is missing in the combustion and if it is black it consumes too much fuel.
Headlights: Check that all car Head lights work. If the intensity is not constant, it may be due to the alternator or wiring.
Liquids: Always ask when the last changes were made and ask for papers that testify. You have to pay attention to your state. The oil should not be too black or too viscous. If the brake fluid is in poor condition it will be very dark. As for the antifreeze liquid, there are different colors depending on the marks, check that the level is appropriate, otherwise it could indicate a leak.
Change: The gears should not have gaps between them and should enter smoothly. In neutral, step on the clutch. If it makes noise, it may be necessary to change the fluid in the gearbox.
Brakes: Brake hard, if the car goes to the side, there are problems with discs or pads. It is important that you check that ABS works because the arrangement is more expensive. For this, it is best to try it on a dirt road at low speed and brake hard. If the pedal does not vibrate, the ABS is faulty.
Air conditioning: Also check that the air conditioner expels cold air in less than one minute. If it is not fixed with a liquid refill there may be leaks in the circuit and you will need an expensive fix.