Kenyan forum: Autos - Tips when buying used car
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16 Jan 2014 06:17

Nothing guarantees success but there are a few things to look out for before parting with your hard earned cash:

1. Check the car's registration and chassis number matches those on the registration document.
2. Never buy a car without test driving is yourself.
3. Always inspect the bodywork in good light. Look for corrosion or rust.
4. A car that has been in a collision can be dangerous, especially if its suspension and/or steering have been damaged. Examine under the bonnet for damage, creasing or replaced inner wings (unsightly welds are a give-away). Also inspect the engine bay forward panels and forward chassis legs for repairs or creases.
5. Have a look at the general state of the engine.
A dirty engine and surrounding area suggests that the car hasn't been well looked after and that servicing may have been neglected. A sparkling clean engine could have been steam cleaned to disguise problems such as oil leaks etc. Before starting the engine remove the dipstick and check the color of the oil. If it is very black the car has probably not been recently, or regularly, serviced. Also check for beige "mayonnaise" on the dipstick, a possible symptom of head gasket leakage.

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