Purchasing a japanese used car in Pakistan can prove to be a mammoth task, especially if one lacks knowledge and experience in the area. Therefore, Pakwheels has endeavoured to bring forth a useful and comprehensive guideline on things one needs to avoid and on items one should search out for.
Hunt for a fuel economical car
Due to the ever-increasing fuel prices and low salaries of people which cannot cater to all needs, fuel economy tops the list of priorities in buying a car. Especially in Pakistan, it is strictly advised to purchase a vehicle having a satisfactory fuel efficiency which doesn’t leech off of money and is affordable in consumption of fuel.
Do plenty of research
It is impossible to make an excellent choice without possessing a lot of information on the subject of used cars. There are a lot of useful sources for carrying out a proper and thorough research on this matter such as automobile magazines, reviews of car users online, car portals and expert opinions of trusted friends and family members who are experienced in this field.
Direct yourself to professional sellers
After the selection of the car you want to buy based on the affordability of your budget and deciding on the model and brand name of the vehicle, the next step is to go to the right sources for the purchase which can be professional car sellers or authorised car dealers.
Try to get a warranty on your vehicle.
It is advised to spend some extra money on getting a warranty by purchasing from an authorised dealer as they usually provide with a guarantee on used cars.
Previous usage of the car
If the used car has been driven for more than 50,000 km, it shouldn’t be purchased because it’s way too old. To be on the risk-free side, a car that has travelled between 15,000 km to 50,000 km should have opted instead.
Spare parts are important
The cars and their car parts that are not readily available in a country should not be chosen because it will be a hassle when a car part gets out of order. Similarly, old cars that are no longer manufactured don’t have readily available spare parts in the market as well and should not be purchased. The availability of car parts is crucial because the maintenance costs of the car after buying will become higher even if a person buys the car at a very cheap price.
Examination of the car’s exterior
It is essential to observe the car’s outer body for any scratches, rust, corrosion, welds or dents due to an accident. In some cases, the damage effects of the vehicle are covered by a repaint or a respray. Therefore, it is advised to check if there have been any repaints by thoroughly inspecting the car’s body and keeping an eye out for ripples, waves or bubbles which are indications of the covering up of car’s damage. It is also essential to do the car’s inspection in daylight.
Examination of the car’s interior
The inside features of the vehicle along with dashboard, headlights, sunroof, odometer, seat covers and sound system should be observed. Particular attention should be given to the engine to determine its condition.
Go for a test drive
It is an added boost if the car is taken for a test drive before buying. Things that should be focused on are the colour of the smoke which the engine emits, condition of the brakes, clutch, gears and steering wheel by driving the car on rough surfaces and at high speeds.
When to buy
Authorised dealers sell the cars at different prices throughout the year. Therefore, to cut low on the budget, the time frames when the used vehicles are sold at lower prices should be checked out.
Appoint a mechanic
Even after observing the exterior and interior of the car, there are other damages to the vehicle which are hidden from the eye. Therefore, to assure that the car is accident-free, a professional mechanic should be hired for this task. The mechanic should also check oil or water leaks from the engine.
Verify the documents
After carrying out all the research and inspection, the next step is to verify the reports. The registration, engine and chassis number should be checked. Original computerised number plates, service and repair records should be provided.
The car sellers are on the lookout for profits, and they set the price more than they are willing to sell at. The ideal amount is lower than the average market price, which can be achieved by persistent yet reasonable bargaining.