A considerable second hand automobile market has developed in this area as a consequence of the climate conditions and the growing road network. Used automobiles, also known as pre-owned or used cars in thailand, have a reduced initial purchase price but may end up costing more in the long run if they are not thoroughly inspected, particularly for costly replacement parts like tires. After settling on a brand and a model, the next step is to determine whether you will purchase the automobile privately from the owner or from an authorized dealer. It’s possible for dealers to provide savings on things like warranties, insurance, registration fees, and initial payments, as well as a history check on the dealer’s record for providing quality service.
When purchasing a vehicle from the owner directly, you should exercise an increased level of caution regarding the vehicle’s mileage, the results of any safety inspections, the age as well as the quality of any used tires, and the maintenance record. It is essential to maintain awareness of the diminishing worth of the vehicle and to put it through a road test in order to validate that all of its components are in proper functioning condition. Before buying a used vehicle, you are required to have it pass 145 inspections, some of which can be completed in the dealership’s service center, others at an RTA Service Center, and still others by a qualified third party.
Things you should double-check:
- Check the odometer to establish the age and condition of the vehicle (a mileage that is higher than 130,000 kilometers could indicate a problem).
- Check the engine for stains of a dark brown color; they indicate that it needs care from a mechanic.
- One of these colors—clear, yellow, or light brown—should describe your brake fluid.
- If you notice any rust, it’s time to get a new water pump, radiator, or heater core.
- Clearness in the transmission fluid is expected.
- If there is any rust or water inside the boot, replace it.
- Examine the frame for signs of deterioration.
- Examine the coat of paint for any signs of rust, dings, or scratches.
- Examine the cabin, paying particular attention to the seats and upholstery, for any signs of rips, stains, or other types of damage.
- Check the condition of the air conditioner.
- Make sure the used tires are in good condition.It’s important to remember that they have a shelf life (five years in the UAE, and six years elsewhere), and to replace them before that time comes. Before you acquire a car with any of these issues with the tires, have it inspected by an expert.
- You catch a glimpse of the metallic sheen. Uneven pavement or pointed debris may have caused the puncture or rapid burst.
- weather-related fissures and sidewall bulges/bubbles
- When one side of the vehicle pulls more than the other, it’s a sign of improper wheel alignment or a need for a tire rotation.
- When tread wear bars are visible or when they are level relative to the tire tread, it is a sign that the tires have reached the end of their useful life.
If the tires are worn out but everything else is fine, it makes sense to equip your vehicle with a new set of tires that will last as long as possible without sacrificing safety or comfort.