While a brand new car is always better, sometimes our financial situations cause us to go and invest in a second hand car and they are not without their faults. Second hand cars can break down more easily, fail to start and certainly don’t always look like their sleek and shiny cousins fresh off the assembly line. In order to get the maximum use out of your second hand vehicle, you need to put more time and maintenance effort into it, like so:
Keep ‘Em Spinning
One of the things that are usually worn out in a second hand vehicle is the wheels. If the first owner was generous, he/she may have sold it to you with a good pair of wheels or at least with a barely-used spare. If not, you will get a pair whose grooves are almost non-existent. If you choose to take to the road as it is, without an overhaul, then you need to have the number of a mobile tyre changer in your pocket because old and worn tyres are sitting ducks for nails, pins and anything else on the road that can cut it or damage it. A normal repair truck would be useless since you wouldn’t even be able to tow it anywhere so it’s better if you can change the wheels beforehand.
Many things can and usually do go wrong with the inside of the car. For instance, the breaks can go out of alignment and stop working if the pads have worn through. You will need to check the vehicle through before driving it just in case the brake lathes needs to get at it. The engine can get into all sorts of trouble too, especially if the oil leaks and gets into the numerous plugs. No matter how reputable the original owner is or the dealer is, it is safer for you to park the car in a garage and have someone take a look into the inner workings of the car first.
Blowing in the Wind
The air conditioner is notorious for going out of whack in new cars, let alone second hand ones. There are so many things that can go wrong in it: the air vents can get blocked by dust and smoke residue and the air will fail to circulate; the compressor can break down due to wear and tea or again, due to dust; the coolant that turns the hot air inside the vehicle into cool air can leak into something else or simply evaporate altogether; and the A/C fan belt can wear out or stall. These are only some of the things that can happen in a second hand car, and will require constant maintenance to ensure that it runs smoothly. So if you are planning to use a second hand car, be aware of the problems you will face.