5 Reasons to Buy A Used Car With Confidence

5 Reasons to Buy A Used Car With Confidence

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
31 Jul 2015

#3.      Established track records

Every car sells in millions worldwide. What that means is an established record of problems to look out for, and accordingly, a reputation for reliability that you can count on. Outside of a new car’s warranty, picking the right marque, model and model year is one of the few ways available to you to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.

So get on the internet and perform some due diligence. Ask around - friends, relatives, colleagues and on forums, to discover the most typical issues that arise for the car you like, and take note of the likely issues you and other owners will face as the car nears the end of its 1st decade.

#4.      Lower, more flexible insurance

Unlike a new car, which often comes with a mandatory 1st year of insurance tied into the purchase price, you’ll have the freedom to choose your own vehicle insurer.

Some insurers have recognised the growing demand for used vehicles, and are offering perks for switching to them, such as HL Car Insurance – who has full comprehensive coverage, with 25% discount and free car servicing packages in addition.

HL Car Insurance’s perks include the option to sign up under All Workshop or Authorised Workshop plans. You will enjoy lower premiums with 50% off your excess if you select their authorised car workshop for repairs.

What’s more, the benefits include 24/7 emergency towing and referral for minor roadside repair. Receive a complimentary Car Maintenance Package when you sign up for HL Car Insurance (with a 30% NCD) as a first time customer, to give your car a good pampering session!

#5.      Lemon Law Liability

The Lemon Law was enacted to protect consumers against defective goods, to ensure you get your money’s worth when you purchase a product. Luckily for us all, this extends to used cars as well.

That means, should you require a repair, refund or replacement, there’s a legal framework in place to help you get it. This works in two stages. First, there is a timeframe for you to report defective items – within six months of the sale. Then, the seller must prove that the defect did not exist at the time of delivery in order to refute the claim. If he can’t, you can then request repair or parts replacement for the reported problem during this time.

If the fault is not fixable, if the problem persists even after repair, or if the repair is not satisfactory, you can request for a price reduction while keeping the product, or even return it for a full refund.

This law covers a wide range of vehicle defects, from cosmetic flaws to mechanical issues, as long as the defect occurs within a six month period from the date of delivery.

And in case a replacement is finally given, the COE and ARF of your car can be transferred to the replacement vehicle, as long as that’s within the initial stipulated period of six months.

So go ahead, buy that used car with confidence. You now have every reason to.


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