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10 Important Tips On Inspecting A Car You Want To Buy



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Everybody can not be Ray Hushpuppi who can easily cough  out millions of Naira just to buy Gucci wears.
An average Nigerian will be in a better position to explain to you what it takes to save up some bucks in a bid to buy a car. When  you finally have the money, making some mistakes can be costly; you may end up regretting buying a liability instead of a car.

This post is for you if you want to purchase a car. It is advised you go with a professional who can run the checks for you. If you must do it on your own, here are what you must always do.

1. Before buying, before starting the car, check the engine oil and it’s colour. If it’s light brown, the oil is good; if it’s black, immediate service of the engine is non-negotiable. Note that it is advisable to service the engine of your car immediately after purchase because it may be due already or the previous owner used the wrong oil.

2. Check the radiator coolant level to see if it’s short.

3. Check for rough wiring and ask the owner why the wirings are rough; bad wiring can cause electrical issues in your car.

4. Look beneath the car as well, check for engine oil leaks, transmission oil leaks and water leaks.

5. Check for rusts. Rusts are not good for cars. It can cause leaks in cars.

6. Start the car and look at the colour of the smoke that comes out of the exhaust pipe when you rev the car. If it’s white smoke the engine is probably gone, if it’s black there are different causes.

7. After you start the car, engage the gear to D or R. If it doesn’t move there is a problem. Also look out for excessive vibration.

8. Everything in the car must not be perfect, if you see some issues you can simply renegotiate the price and get the car issues fixed.

9. Don’t be in a haste to buy any car and don’t see it as a hard thing to say you don’t want to buy.

10. Ensure you do all the necessary checks including the documents of the car and reach to an agreement before making any payment.


Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.