QUOTE(axtray @ Mar 12 2019, 09:26 PM)
Yes. it's quite common to buy car's very cheap, find someone to somehow repair it and make it look like accident free on the outside and then sell it off like the accident never happened in the first place
Mind you, it is possible for a repaired car to be just as good if the repair was done thoroughly, but chances of that happening when it is being resold, lets just forget about it. Most dealers will spend the min amount repairing them.
Plenty of ways to test,
1- hard braking. drive it at around 40-60 and brake hard. if the car somehow swerves or unstable, means that the something is wrong with the chassis.
2- look under the bonnets and see if you can spot any weldings. Most car repair shop will just chop off the accident part and weld the part from a half cut.
3- bring a mechanic together with you to inspect
4- for my case, i know very well the models and specs available for the car that i wanted. If somehow the car dealer is selling the car with bodykits that shouldn't be on the car itself (let alone advertise it as a completely different model either on purpose or due to ignorant), just stay away.
5- some cars like bimmers, you'll be able to actually check the original mileage inside the car itself eventhough it's being tempered. Best way is of course to bring to the original authorized dealer to inspect.
thank you so much for your tips! will give a heads up for these steps for testing.
have you had any experience with car dealers? they don't mind if you bring in your own mechanic and test the car out?
my friend mentioned that if it's possible to find a direct owner, it's better.
QUOTE(JZenith @ Mar 13 2019, 11:11 AM)
if you can pay for 1.2k get a new car bro, warranty included and sleep well every night.
2nd hand you pay for 1.2k monthly but got risk need to dig out few hundreds to repair, not to mention the car need to stay in the workshop and unable to sleep every night thinking whats next to repair.
my opinion on 2nd hand car, mileage cannot be proven true or false except you have the full service record from official svc centre.
maintenance for mazda cars is just the same like honda or toyota these days, H and T's parts price is vry vry expensive fron official svc centre no difference with
hyundai / mazda, (compared with my colleague's 2017 vios with 2016 mazda 3), honda wise, theres a thread complaining honda svc centre
if you prever SUV's like CX5, consider x70?
thanks for you input! true that, but what do you think if I deal directly with an owner?
I imagine direct owners would probably won't mind if I bring a mechanic friend over, flip through the owner's service book etc..
I'm just thinking committing to 9 years for loan is a bit of a burden. 5 years macam ngam hehe so that's why i'm considering used cars.
ahh ok, generally I think Japanese made shouldn't be any problem. My mum's polo had to send back to SC for gearbox issue. needed to wait 2 months for parts
continental is big no for me for the time being.
I came across a few forums about the X70 they say infotainment has some slight issues? but i gotta give thumbs up to the aesthetics and finishing i think. damn Geely doing good job with it
QUOTE(19 Degree South @ Mar 13 2019, 11:36 AM)
New with warranty for peace of mind! New car smells better! Lol!
hahaha that's a very short and concise elaboration. yea i gotta agree the new car smell is the best..i think i sort of have a fetish for it. but they say it's chemical and not good though lol.