Planning to buy a second-hand car from a dealer or from your friend?
Read on to get some useful tips for buying used cars in Nepal.
Get the car and its papers inspected thoroughly
Get the second hand car inspected fully by a mechanic you trust. This helps to either get the problems fixed by the owner before the purchase is done, or helps you negotiate the price.
A few must DOs for this:
Check the existing insurance papers of the second hand car you are going to buy. You will be able to indicate if the car has had any accidents or claims related to those. A quick way to see this on the policy is to note the no claim bonus (NCB) percentage applied. The higher the NCB, the better.
Check if the engine number and chassis no. match the number in the registration papers before you buy second hand car.
Check all the filters of the second-hand car, and get them changed if possible. All filters (air, fuel, transmission, oil) need regular cleaning and oiling. Failing to do this can affect the performance of the car significantly. If nothing else, this is a quick judge of how well the car has been maintained.
Check the brakes of the second hand car. Drive the car at 40-50 kmph in an area that has little to no traffic. Be sure to look for any vibration, or any strange and squealing noise from the brake pedal. Brakes that pulsate could also mean that the rotors need replacement.
Examine the tyres carefully. Check the condition of all the tyres of your car. They should be worn evenly and should match.
- Check the surface for feathering (bad alignment).
Check under the hood for signs of damage, dents or rust – they are signs of a poorly maintained car or a prior damaged one.
If buying a second hand car bought by the previous owner on finance, ensure that you get the original invoice of the car. Also get the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the car finance company.
Service book to check the history of service records Road tax receipts with the last updated payment before you buy second hand car
It's as important to have a valid insurance policy copy in your name as it is to get the registration transferred.
- If the RC is registered in your name and the policy is still under the previous owner's, then the insurance policy stands nullified! So, it's very important to transfer the insurance in your name after buying second hand car.
After you complete your purchase make sure to do following things before you starts to drive your car daily basis
A thorough clean up: Both interior and exterior. (A new car's prerogative, be it new or old, is to look shiny if you want to flaunt it!). If possible, consider steam cleaning and sanitizing your new car.
Change of fluids:Life expectancy of a car always depends on how well you maintain it and a regular change of fluids and oils is a must! The best thing to do after buying a second hand car is to change all the fluids right away before using it.
- Quick fixes to be done: Fix lights, spark plugs etc. Any sign of rust, water entry through cracks and holes or other wear of the trunk should also be checked and fixed. Everything sorted? Now you're all set to take the plunge! Enjoy the thrill of riding your own hard-earned, well deserved car!