How-to: Select a Quality Car

In the market to buy an upgrade over your current car? Just how do you select a good one, so you have peace of mind, after hearing nightmare stories from other people who have bought ‘bad’ cars from dishonest dealers? Read on to find out more before you put that down payment in to buy your dream car!

How to: Buy the best car for you

It’s the fifth time this year that your car has been to the work shop. A fuse has blown, engine oil is leaking everywhere, or maybe your starter is starting to act like your ex – “I’ll do it when I feel like it”. If these symptoms are getting you down, you need to consider if the continued expense of upkeeping your car is worth the price tag of getting a new car, or you could just read this guide which will show you the way when it comes to getting the best value car for your money.

The fact of the matter is that there are too many dishonest dealers out there whose only guiding light in the world is how much they can make off of you. So, of course, it’s in their best interest to say great things about the car on the lot that will make them the most money, and conveniently forget to mention the repair history of the car, it’s mileage before it was reset, and how your dream car is actually a nightmare to maintain.

So let’s get down to business, to defeat the hundreds of sellers who do not have your best interests in mind. Make your way over to our car lots and remember these handy tips.

Stalk the car on the internet

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of dating someone before the internet, well done, you never had to worry about being googled and internet stalked across your entire history where your prospective found a picture of you passed out at the office CNY party. The internet is a great resource, and even more so with the number of car enthusiast sites, forums, and search engines.

If you see a Honda Civic Type R 2015 on the grounds and you fall in love, remember to do a background check first. Ask the dealer for some alone time, sit in the car, and google the Honda Civic Type R 2015. A quick search will give you some valuable information, like what the 2015 model looks like (because some people will mislabel, or creatively put the date of import rather than the date of the actual model), what features it should have, and most importantly what kind of problems the model might have had (bad fuel economy, terrible radio control, noisy drive, etc. These are examples, do your own research). This will inform your decision and make sure that you don’t land yourself a great deal but a bad car.

The car less traveled is better

Remember all your car troubles? That’s what happens when a car goes up in age, or in this case, mileage. Yes, reconditioned cars will have parts swapped out and brand new parts installed, but you will need to know exactly what has been reconditioned. Look at the mileage of the car you’re interested in, and ask your seller if it has been reset and what exactly has been changed on the car. Knowing these things will greatly give you an understanding of what it is you’re buying, and how long you can expect to drive it before it starts to give you another migraine that will threaten your sanity.

Note that according to the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety research (2007, I couldn’t find anything more up to date) , the average car is driven around 21000KM a year. Take into account the year that it was made (which is likely the year that it was bought) and what year it was taken for reconditioning and you should have a good idea of just how well traveled this car is.

Watch your upkeep costs

This one is a little trickier. There are two things you need to be wary of when it comes to the price of making sure your car will give you as little heart pain as possible. The first thing is warranty. Most good car dealers (including us!) will offer you a 1-3-year warranty period in which case you’ll need to find out what exactly is covered. The killer cost for car maintenance is spare parts because ideally you won’t’ need to buy them every year, and if the dealer will cover it fully or partially that’s a win in your books.

The second thing to watch for is your recurring costs. These include tyres, batteries, spark plugs and the like. Tyres made to fit a Mercedes Benz are a lot more expensive than to fit a Perodua, and the same can be said for many of the little things that you may have to visit your local workshop more often for. There’s really no better way to find out than to do a little more research. Call up your favourite workshop and ask them how much it would cost to maintain the car that you’re eyeing, and then call up two or three more workshops. Look at the figures compared to the car you’re driving and you’ll have a good estimate to work off.

Hope that helps! If you need anymore information, or if you’d just like to chat, feel free to contact us and we’ll do what we can to help you.