In addition to the vehicle’s overall condition, look out for signs of accidental repairs and water damage.
Published on December 25, 2022 10:00:00 am
I’m planning to buy a used car, but am a bit worried about what I should pay attention to and whether it will be in an accident.
Rakesh Parmar, Ahmedabad
Autocar India says: While it can provide maximum value for your money, buying a used car requires the utmost care and care in the vehicle selection and evaluation process.
To ensure that the vehicle has never been in an accident before, it is important to inspect its key structural areas. This will involve the front cross member/apron for signs of damage, repair and rust. Additionally, a thorough inspection of the underside of the bonnet and side panels, where the fenders are located, is important to identify any damaged spot welds.
Likewise, the edges of the roof, especially around the front and rear windshields, can show signs of chipped and rusted paint, if it has been repaired. Check the panel under the door, the tailgate, the spare wheel cover and any damaged welds, especially those around the door sills – visible by removing the weather rubber bands – will indicate if the vehicle has any problems. serious accident in the past.
A closer look at the painted surface for roughness as well as color mismatches between different panels would also suggest accidental repairs.
As the assessment process is extremely complex and requires a keen eye and a certain level of skill and experience, we recommend that you seek the help of professional services such as those provided by used car startups like OLX Autos, Cars24 and Spinny, which thoroughly inspect a used car for you for a small fee.
Spending money on your future car will be well worth it to ensure peace of mind in the long run by getting expert approval instead of missing out on important details without relevant experience. The used car market in India is very disorganized.
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