When buying a vehicle from a private person, ask for the maintenance and repair history!
Before buying a second-hand vehicle, don't hesitate to get it checked at the Diagnostic Center.
Some advice from the ACL before buying a used vehicle
- The kilometers: ask for a certificate from the technical check in order to see the number of kilometers the car has done since the last technical check. Compare the displayed kilometers with those on the certificate.
- The maintenance: ask for the maintenance book! Check if all inspections and engine oil drains have been done according to the maintenance plan defined by the manufacturer!
- External appearance of the car: Look for possible rust!
- The windshield: look for eventual chips or cracks!
- Seats: check if their coating is in good shape!
- The interior: check if there is water leaking and the inside of the trunk!
- Car body: Do the doors, the trunk and the hood close normally? Check the spaces between the doors, the hood, the trunk and the car body!
- The lights: Are the reflectors in good shape?
- Ask when and at how many kilometers the toothed belt has been replaced!
- The tyres: check their general shape. A tyre profile inferior to 3 mm (summer) or 4 mm (M+S) - the law allows a minimum of 1,6 mm - will certainly make you buy new tyres soon.
- The battery: are the poles too oxidised?
Ask for a test drive!
During the test drive, it is important to check the following points:
- Does the engine start at first try?
- Do you hear unusual noise?
- Look for the exhaust gas! White smoke = water consumption; blue smoke = oil consumption.
- Does the gearbox work normally? Is the gearchange smooth?
- Look for suspect vibrations during breaking!
- Check for a too loose steering wheel lash!
- Does the car pull sidewarts while breaking?
- Do the on-board instruments work normally?
- Check the functioning of the AC, the heating, the central locking, the alarm, the radio, the seat adjustment mechanism, etc.