How to Cut Costs on Buying a Car and Change the Car Battery?

Buying a car, most especially if it your first time, could cost you a lot of money, since you need to consider what and where to buy. Indeed, there are many vehicles available in the market, specifically found online that could offer you decent prices and at the same time, decent cars. When buying a second hand model, there are times when you need to replace some car parts, like the car battery and fluids, yet it costs high. That is why it is still best to do it yourself.
But, in order for you to save even more, you should consider the following steps when you buy a car.

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What to do

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Step 1: Inspection

Check every aspect of the car. Here are some of the critical points to inspect:

Tires: They should have  good profile, otherwise, don’t buy the car, or else you will be at risk of danger. Make sure that when you hit the brake, your car actually stops. You can buy the car at a lesser price though you can replace the tires, but it will still become expensive if you should put on a new one.

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Brakes: It is not safe when the brake does not work. It’s quite obvious! Engage in a test run to check whether the brake works or not. (Check Step 2)

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Body work: Indeed, you don’t have to expect that it be a shiny thing, but it doesn’t mean that it should also be rusty (a little is okay). Check the suspension of the car and make sure that it can pass the technical examination as well as the wheels and the remaining body work for rust.

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Motor: Open the hood of the care and inspect thoroughly:

  1. Check the frame for rust, again, a little is okay!
  2. Try to rattle the battery, if it moves, don’t buy the car, since it should be secured!
  3. Check the springs above the wheels, some of them may not be visible in other cars. If they’re too rusty, don’t buy the car!
  4. Inspect the ignition plug stuck in the cylinder. Get it out carefully! Check if there is a little black pin, if there is none, then your ignition plug won’t work. Don’t worry, you can replace it, since it can be bought at a cheaper price.

Check on the gear built if there are tears or stripes. It should be replaced every couple of years.

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Fluids: There are three fluids that you need to check: Oil, brake, and cooling fluids. These fluids should be at their supposed levels.

After the inspection and if it is okay, then go to the next step.

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Step 2: The testrun

This step is very crucial than step 1. Although the technicalities are okay, if you don’t like driving it, then it is just a waste of money!

Again, there are couple things that you should remember:

  1. Leave the hand brake on and try to drive away. (Note: You cannot drive away if the hand brake is properly working!
  2. If it works, try to leave the hand brake on for a bit longer and give a little gas. The engine should stall, otherwise, it is an indication that the clutch is broken.
  3. Now go for a drive. Listen properly to your car. If there is any sound that you don’t trust, then don’t buy the car.
  4. Test the brakes. When you’re up to 30 km/h, hit the brake. Observe how your car responds. This is an indication on how your car will react in case of an accident. Try to push the car to its limits, even though it isn’t yours yet.
  5.  Try to turn the steering wheel both right and left as far as you can. If you hear a sound, then something might be broken.

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Tips:

If there are no major complications, you can buy it. If there are minor complications and it don’t cost much to replace them, you can still buy it. (Note: You can solve the problem by fixing it by yourself.)

Here is the guide on how to change the car battery by yourself:

  1. Unplug the minus clump. (Note: Don’t unplug the plus clamp yet, or else you will experience a short circuit if it be attached to the body works.) After which, you can unplug the plus clamp.
  2. Get off the securing of the battery.
  3. Get the old battery out of the car.
  4. Install a new one.
  5. Put on the securing of the battery.
  6. Plug the plus clump, then the minus clamp.
  7. Test drive and see if it works!

Conclusion

The process is just simple! So, if there is any case when the battery is already empty, try to do it yourself. Moreover, if the fluid levels are not sufficient enough, then you can add them. And of course, if the ignition plug is lost, you can also replace them by yourself. You really don’t need an expert to fix a used car. You can save even more if you do it by yourself! But, be careful in handling car parts

When buying a used car, you should look into many aspects. You don’t have to expect much, since, in the first place, it is not new, but you should remember that it should function well. If it can be replaced easily and if the cost is cheaper, then it is more favorable to buy it. Of course, you should make sure that it is still safe to use!

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