Monday, January 30, 2012

Brisbane Car Auctions - Warning Signs to be Vigilant For

By Jack Smith

At Brisbane car auctions just as at other vehicle auctions for used and/or ex-government cars, you aren't often given the opportunity to do a test drive or conduct in depth research into the car's history in order to make a good buying decision. So having a list of things to consider before bidding on a car at auction would be very useful. Fortunately this article provides just such a list!

Tip 1: Has the car been repaired? Tell tale signs of a big repair job include different colored panels on the car and new components right next to old ones. You have to ask the question, why has the car been repaired and why has it been fixed so much? Questions like this will often prompt you to consider that the car you're about to bid on at auction isn't worth the bargain you're hoping for.

Tip 2: Is there a record of the car's services? This is critical as without it you don't know what accidents the vehicle has been in or what mechanical faults exist with the car. The same component exploding several times ought to raise a red flag and seeing that the car was in the mechanic's for two month while it was completely rebuilt also should press your red alert buttons. If there's no log book of services make sure you avoid bidding on the car - better safe than sorry!

Tip 3: Pay very close attention to the car's interior. Obviously inside the car will be darker than outside so problems may be much harder to spot. Pay attention to the following in particular: smells (like stale, mouldy smells that may indicate the car having been flooded), mud stains, frayed seat belts and generally missing knobs and missing dials.

Tip 4: Turn on all features. Although you can't take the car for a test drive, see if you can turn on the air conditioner, the radio, the heater, the CD player, the mp3 player and any other feature that exists in the car. You want to be 100% sure that these all work without a hitch before you place a bid on the car as remember, at a car auction once you win the auction, the car is yours with no cooling off period and no way to get out of the contract.

Tip 5: Does the car's suspension do the job? If you walk around the car and lean your full wait on each of the four corners, one at a time, you have the opportunity to judge if the suspension needs replacing. Each car varies slightly, but the rule of thumb is that it shouldn't bounce more than twice and shouldn't do so in an erratic way - the rebound/s should be smooth and soft.

About the Author:

No comments:

Post a Comment