Tips When Buying a Second Hand Car in Malaysia

Tips When Buying a Second Hand Car in Malaysia

Tip 1 –  Do some research – identify need, budget and compare prices

Know what you need and what is your budget. Do you need a car to commute to work everyday? In which case a small, fuel efficient one is sufficient. Or do you need a family car for your wife to ferry the children to and from school everyday? Try to identify several makes and model that have received good reviews. Identify also your budget. There are many sites that you can look at to see what’s available and also to compare prices. Shortlist a few, or more than a few, depending on how much time you have (don’t forget you will have to go personally inspect and test drive these cars).

Tip 2 – Have the car inspected by your trusted mechanic

Don’t have a mechanic you can trust? Well then bring a friend who has some motoring knowledge. Get them to do the questioning and drilling. A mechanic is best though, so if you can get him to spare some time to accompany you, that is great. Otherwise, try to arrange for the seller to send the car to your mechanic’s workshop for inspection. Things to watch out for: Signs of the car being a kereta potong! Rusts, dents, scratches. Check under the hood, check the engine and all the electronics, check under the chassis. Your mechanics knows better what to do. And also if possible, ask to check its service record to see if the car has been well maintained.


Tip 3 – Test drive!

Again, have a friend or mechanic with you. Have both of you test drive the car. You, because you will be the one driving it if you do decide to buy it. So it must feel good and right to you. And your friend/ mechanic because they might be in a better position to tell if something feels ‘off’. Test everything! Indication lights, brakes, clutches, electronic windows; adjust the seats and steering wheel so that you can sit and drive comfortably. If you have children who will be sitting at the back, consider if it would be comfortable for them. Will the child seat fit? If you balik kampung a lot, will there be enough space in the trunk to fit all the luggages? Is the air-coned cold enough??

Tip 4 – Trade-in value

So finally, you’ve shortlisted a handful of cars you like, or maybe just a couple. How can you decide when you love all of them? One of the ways is the trade-in value of the cars. If you are buying an older car, this may not be a very useful info. But if the cars you are considering are relatively new, and there may be a possibility of re-selling to buy a brand new car in the near future, it may be helpful if you compared their trade-in values.

Tip 5 – Check those papers

Avoid getting scammed. Check all documents thoroughly.