Being safe on the road does not only mean careful driving and road courtesy. It should also mean that the vehicles being driven are road worthy.
Being safe on the road does not begin at the moment the driver sits behind the wheel. It starts at the moment the decision to buy a vehicle is made.
Even when buying brand new vehicles, the buyer must be aware of the safety features. Most manufacturers and dealers offer you safety reports and statistics and help keep your home cool. As a buyer, we must have a complete and concrete picture of the car we intend to buy. The decision will be influenced by our knowledge of the general terrain the vehicle will be mostly treading, by budgetary considerations, by how the vehicle will be used for, by the track record of the manufacturer’s after sales services, and even, by how trustworthy the salesman appears to be.
The decision becomes a bit tricky when buying a second hand or used vehicle. The previous owner’s care or neglect of the vehicle spells the difference between your own and your loved ones safety and danger. Different locations enforce different levels of strictness in implementing roadworthiness and safety of used cars. Most, however, impose the requirement that sellers, dealers, and previous owners display vehicle safety certificate on the “face” of the vehicle to be sold. Even if you intend to conduct pre-purchase inspection yourself or by a mechanic, demand that the certificate be presented. Although it is only an indicator that the vehicle passed minimum safety standards, it gives you an idea on the dependability of the seller.
Be aware of the inspection coverage conducted in obtaining the certificate from government accredited inspection outlets. Transmission, compression, suspension, radiator, brakes, lights, and body are the usual features that will be checked.
While pre-purchase inspection is a more comprehensive check-up of all parts and features of the vehicle. It is customizable depending on the thoroughness you want done. Other than the those already mentioned, you or your mechanic can also check the tires, exhaust, instrument gauges (e.g. odometer, speedometer, tachometer, and fuel gauge), windshield and windshield wiper and fluid, heater and ducted air conditioning Gold Coast, stereo, exterior lights including headlights (low and high beams), hazard lights, tail lights and brake lights, interior condition of the seats and cushions, trunk, knobs, buttons and levers, mirrors, and many other elements you want examined. You may also ask to take the vehicle out for a test drive. A test drive is an excellent measure how well the vehicle shifts, runs, steers, and brakes.
It is wisest to secure both vehicle safety certificate and pre-purchase inspection reports before buying a car or any light vehicle. The first is the seller’s assurance to you that he extended full diligence in the sale; the second is your assurance to yourself that you have exhausted all possibilities to ensure your protection and of your fellow motorists.