Practical tips when buying a vehicle
Additional things to consider when shopping for a vehicle
- Reliability and durability: It’s helpful to speak to other people who have purchased the same car model or to call up workshops in order to find out which models have fewer problems. Generally, it’s a good idea to stick to models that have been around for a few years, since the manufacturer would have had time to correct any earlier design problems.
- Price and availability of spare parts: Talk to vehicle dealers or mechanics to find out the costs of spare parts. Spare parts can be expensive and difficult to get, especially if they’re imported.
- Warranties: Make sure that you understand what the warranty covers, and how long it lasts for. No matter what the salesman might say to get you to buy the vehicle, warranty claims aren’t always so straightforward.
Typical warranty examples:
Some examples of car warranty periods would be 5 years/150,000 km or 3 years/100,000 km, whichever comes first. Typical terms of these warranties may include:
- Requiring the vehicle to be serviced according to a pre-determined maintenance schedule in order to maintain the warranty
- Not covering the costs of repairs incurred outside the regular use of the vehicle
- Covering the costs of spare parts within the warranty period but not the labour cost
- Not covering certain parts and components (e.g.: engine, transmission, brake, or electrical systems)
- Not covering replacement of normal maintenance parts and oils
- Extra features: Consider what extra features would be of value to you, such as a reverse camera, airbags, tinting, and more. Don’t overdo it – you don’t need the top-of-the-line model right away, and you can always purchase any of these extra features later if your budget permits!