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Five things to look out for

a family with their car

It’s an unspoken fact that a car’s value starts to depreciate the minute it leaves the showroom. In fact, brand new vehicles experience a much steeper rate of depreciation in its first year. Getting a used car can be a smart financial decision if you are reluctant to cough up a premium for a new car.

While buying a new car means not having to deal with unwanted surprises, getting a good second-hand vehicle does not have to depend on luck. With proper care and maintenance, a used car can continue to take you, and your loved ones, on many great journeys.

Knowing what to look out for before signing on the dotted line can also potentially save you a lot of time and hassle down the road. Here are 5 crucial things you might want to check for before putting pen to paper:

STEERING SYSTEM

Check that the steering wheel is aligned with the front tires, with no tendency to pull in either direction when driving. If this happens, it could mean a realignment is necessary, or that a replacement of the car’s steering and suspension components is overdue. Another sign of trouble is when the wheel feels stiff on turns – this can be caused by a faulty steering pump, low power steering fluid, or point to worn tires.

BRAKES

Everyone knows the importance of the vehicle’s brakes for our safety. The most common issue with the braking system on used cars – especially cars with a lot of mileage – is worn brake pads. Vibrations when applying the brakes on a moving car, or the presence of unusual screeching or grinding sounds, is a clear indication that a replacement of the brake pads is in order.

TRANSMISSION

While mechanical failures are not common, the transmission is one of the most expensive components to replace and is definitely something you should look out for. For automatic transmissions, one of the key giveaway is when you are able to distinctly feel the car shifting gears instead of unnoticeable shifts, even at low speeds. Another red flag is delayed gear engagement - a proper working transmission should engage without any delay the moment you shift into Drive or Reverse.

SUSPENSION SYSTEM

To check if the suspension system is working as it should, push down hard on each of the car fenders near the wheels. The car should rebound softly once or twice, with more than two severe rebounds possibly indicating worn shock absorbers or struts. An extremely bumpy experience during the test drive potentially points to the same problem.

ENGINE

You don’t need to be a mechanic to know if a car engine is about to fail. Tell-tale signs of an engine that’s about to give include a gradual or sudden loss in power, knocking or banging sounds when on the move, or the presence of smoke.

At ZF, we believe a great journey starts with a reliable vehicle. Now that you know what to look out for during a test drive, apply these tips to ensure that you’re getting a car that not only looks good on the outside, but works well on the inside. For ease of mind, visit any of our service workshops or simply contact our experts for more information.

It’s an unspoken fact that a car’s value starts to depreciate the minute it leaves the showroom. In fact, brand new vehicles experience a much steeper rate of depreciation in its first year. Getting a used car can be a smart financial decision if you are reluctant to cough up a premium for a new car.

While buying a new car means not having to deal with unwanted surprises, getting a good second-hand vehicle does not have to depend on luck. With proper care and maintenance, a used car can continue to take you, and your loved ones, on many great journeys.

Knowing what to look out for before signing on the dotted line can also potentially save you a lot of time and hassle down the road. Here are 5 crucial things you might want to check for before putting pen to paper:

STEERING SYSTEM

Check that the steering wheel is aligned with the front tires, with no tendency to pull in either direction when driving. If this happens, it could mean a realignment is necessary, or that a replacement of the car’s steering and suspension components is overdue. Another sign of trouble is when the wheel feels stiff on turns – this can be caused by a faulty steering pump, low power steering fluid, or point to worn tires.

BRAKES

Everyone knows the importance of the vehicle’s brakes for our safety. The most common issue with the braking system on used cars – especially cars with a lot of mileage – is worn brake pads. Vibrations when applying the brakes on a moving car, or the presence of unusual screeching or grinding sounds, is a clear indication that a replacement of the brake pads is in order.

TRANSMISSION

While mechanical failures are not common, the transmission is one of the most expensive components to replace and is definitely something you should look out for. For automatic transmissions, one of the key giveaway is when you are able to distinctly feel the car shifting gears instead of unnoticeable shifts, even at low speeds. Another red flag is delayed gear engagement - a proper working transmission should engage without any delay the moment you shift into Drive or Reverse.

SUSPENSION SYSTEM

To check if the suspension system is working as it should, push down hard on each of the car fenders near the wheels. The car should rebound softly once or twice, with more than two severe rebounds possibly indicating worn shock absorbers or struts. An extremely bumpy experience during the test drive potentially points to the same problem.

ENGINE

You don’t need to be a mechanic to know if a car engine is about to fail. Tell-tale signs of an engine that’s about to give include a gradual or sudden loss in power, knocking or banging sounds when on the move, or the presence of smoke.

At ZF, we believe a great journey starts with a reliable vehicle. Now that you know what to look out for during a test drive, apply these tips to ensure that you’re getting a car that not only looks good on the outside, but works well on the inside. For ease of mind, visit any of our service workshops or simply contact our experts for more information.