If you are planning to buy a car, you have probably wondered what car is good for you. You might be wondering what are the things to Consider When Buying a Car? In this article, we discuss some tips to help you when choosing and buying a Good Car.
We discuss the 16 things to consider when selecting your car and what to check so that you stay safe and do not fall prey to some unscrupulous businessmen and brokers while buying your ride.
Since the article is a bit long let me put a table of content so you can jump to any section you are interested in.
1. Carefully Choose Where You buy The Car.
Where you buy your car is as important as what car you choose. There are many car bonds allover the country. While you research what car you should buy, you will also need to decide where you will be buying from.
While most cars in Africa come without a guarantee, there more reputable car dealers than others. Buying from a reputable dealer will help you avoid fraud. You will also benefit from professional presale and after-sales service.
If you are importing a car from Japan or anywhere else, a reputable firm will have inhouse experienced advisors to help you plan and manage the entire import process. They will also have contact and relationships with good clearing and forwarding companies to limit the risks of theft, losses and fraud.
2. Why Do You Need A Car
The first question you need to ask when you decide its time to buy a car is, “why do I need a car?” A good car for you will depend on the reason you decided to buy a car.
For example, if you were ok riding on a Boda Boda but got tired of the rain, then a small low cost and fuel-efficient car might be what you are looking for. It will be very close to your Boda Boda daily costs while offering you the shelter that you actually wanted.
If you wanted a car to help you carry some eggs from your farm on your way to work, a car with a big boot or a pickup might be the perfect choice when buying a car
Defining accurately the reason you want to buy a car is a critical step in choosing a car that’s right for you. Do not go to the car bond before you come up with what you want to buy. You will see too many cars and you might end up choosing something for the moment but not what you actually wanted in the first case.
3. How Much Do You Plan To Spend On the Car?
Before you go shopping for a car, carefully and honestly decide how much you plan to spend on the car. There experienced salespersons at car bonds. There also many great cars that cost above your budget. If you do not agree on how much you want to spend on your car you may end up confused and taking a car that is way higher than you planned to spend and sometimes on a debt you had not planned to take!
4. How do you Plan to Pay For The Car
After deciding the budget for the car, you must also consider how you plan to pay before choosing the car. If you plan to spend let’s say 20 million on the car decide if it’s all available from your savings, you will then have to choose a car in that budget.
If however, you plan to stay in a budget of 20 million from the bank, you will have to look for a car that is lower than the 20 million as the bank will most likely reduce that money with some costs like processing fees and comprehensive insurance.
It’s important to remember that you will always get a better deal when you are buying a car with your own saved up cash. Any form of loan means you will be paying slightly higher even if the seller does not outrightly tell you so.
5. Decide If You Need A New Or Used Car.
One tricky decision when buying a car is deciding if you should spend a lot more to get a new car or spend a bit less on a used car.
Its a tricky decision because the used car could have been sold by its previous owner because it had a mechanical problem but then even if you buy a new car it has no guarantees!
So you will need to decide if you are ready to take your chances with a used car or fork some more millions for a new car.
Without any guarantee but simply my experience, I have found that buying a new car will save you lots of money in repairs and a lot of stress that comes with many used cars. That said, if you buy from a good dealer and you engage your mechanic for professional advice, you can still get a very sound second hand that will be way cheaper and efficient. Make the decision that you are ready to live with.
6. Should I Buy A Diesel Or Petrol Car?
Yes, especially if you are buying a fairly big car, you will have to decide if you want a diesel car or a petrol car. To help you choose, you will need to decide what the car will be doing.
Diesel cars tend to be very efficient in handling heady demanding loads compared to petrol cars. However, in terms of servicing, the petrol car will most likely cost a bit less than a diesel car.
Truthfully speaking, whether you go for diesel or petrol car either will most likely do what the other can do. Its the strain on the engine that might be more on the petrol car if you plan to use it for heavy load.
7. Fuel Consumption
To choose a good car for you, you will need to decide what fuel consumption you are able to support. Remember that you are getting a daily expenditure. Choose a car with the engine size that is friendly to your pocket. Needless to tell you is that the bigger the engine the more powerful the car will most likely be but if you can not support the fuel you will not enjoy the big engine anyway so stick to an engine size that will not suck you dry.
8. Check the Milage.
You need to check the odometer or odograph. The odometer is an instrument used for measuring the distance (in Kilometres) travelled by a vehicle. This is important to determine how much this car was previously and estimate the possible ware cause to the engine and inner parts of the car.
9. Test drive the car.
Test drive the car before purchase. You may not be a mechanic but if a car doesn’t move well, or feels uncomfortable you will be able to tell something doesn’t feel right. Drive around a bit so you see if the car responds to you as a driver. Where possible, request that the test drive include the highway, a side street, and areas where cornering or turning will be necessary.
10. Research on the vehicle.
The Internet allows you a great opportunity to find out more about the model of car before you purchase it. Read some reviews from real drivers on their experiences and common problems with that particular car model before you buy it.
11. Review the Vehicle Packing History Report.
In Uganda, most urban centres levy a parking fee. Some drivers do not pay these fees when they are about to sell the car. these accumulate and start attracting parking penalties and the burden will shift to you the minute you buy. This is especially true for used cars. The parking report is available with most local authorities through the legally appointed parking contractor/ tenderer.
12. Request an Inspection with your mechanic.
You might need to ask your mechanic to escot you to buy your new car. A trained Mechanic will help you to look at all the critical aspects of the car before the purchase is made. You need to do this even if you trust the seller. They may not know about some of the problems of the car in question as they may just bought it as is.
13. Do Not Fear To Negotiate.
Especially in Kampala, you can not just pay the asking price. Negotiate. All the prices they stick on those cares are negotiable. Go for the right price if you feel the sticker is a bit high ask for a reduction. You might be lucky to get it! As long as you are realistic, try to get your bargain.
14. Validate Ownership.
This is particularly true if you’re dealing with an individual and not dealership. Make sure that whoever is selling the car to you is in fact the real owner. If they are not the owners listed in the logbook, you will need to contact the listed owner to be sure you are not buying a stolen car. To get the owner’s contact information, you may need to visit your nearest URA office for an official search.
15. Other Technical Aspects Of The Car
If you go shopping with your mechanic, he might need to inspect other technical issues other than the Engine. Things like Motor third party, Status of the tyres, Shock Absorbers, etc. Most of those will be very easy to replace and daily affordable but knowing before you buy will mentally prepare you so you do not burn out in frustration after buying your car.
16. Complete the Transaction.
After paying, don’t just jump into your car and drive off. Ensure that all the necessary paperwork has been done accurately. The figures need to be accurate and all the car details should be checked to ensure you do not end up with papers that say you bought a different car from what you actually took. If you agreed on any warranties, grace period for payment of balances or anything that relates to the purchase of the used car, such details should be captured in the sale agreement. Take your time.
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