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How to take care of your car ?


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What are the 12 questions to ask a private owner or other used vehicle source about a vehicle?

How many km has the vehicle been driven (the average is about 15.000 to 20.000 km per year)


Is the transmission?

  • Automatic?
  • Semi-automatic?
  • Manual?

N.B.: if the transmission is not what you want, there is no need to ask further questions.


What is the condition of the vehicle’s body? Is there any rust?


Has the vehicle been repainted and if so, why?

  • Avoid --> repainted vehicles

Has the vehicle been involved in any accidents?

  • Avoid --> vehicles that have been involved in any accidents

When are the next state inspection and emissions stared test due?

The vehicle should have a minimum of at least 6 months remaining until the next required state inspection and emissions test


How often were the engine oil and the oil filter changed?

An acceptable answer should be every 4.000 to 5.000 km or about every 3 to 4 months


Are you the original owner of the vehicle?

Original owners tend to take better care of vehicles


What is the reason that the vehicle is being sold?

It is encouraging of the individual is the original owner and if he or she is planning to buy again the same make of vehicle


Are parts and service readily available for the vehicle? Where can parts and services be obtained?

Avoid --> buying a vehicle if parts and services are not readily available


Has the vehicle had any recent repairs (new brakes, tires, battery) or service and if so, what garage performed the repairs or service?


What price are you asking for the vehicle?