Guide On How To Navigate The Car Market During This Time 2022

The global car industry is recovering from its biggest setback ever, and Australian used cars are being sold for the highest prices ever.

According to data from Moody’s Analytics, used cars were 65% more costly in the first three months of this year than in 2019, and 18% more costly than at the end of 2021. Some car sellers are achieving the same level of profit of close to the price they paid when they first purchased their cars, while others are paying as much as new-car prices for old cars that have been well used.

James Ward, director of content at Drive, said, ‘We have never seen anything like this.’ ‘It’s bananas,’ he added. Long waitlists on even standard vehicles are causing problems, resulting in a 12- to 18-month wait. We’ve never witnessed anything like it. Seeing used cars increase in value is another sign of the problem. In many cases, you may sell an 18-month-old car for the same price you paid for it. Certain cars, including the popular Suzuki Jimny, are fetching unprecedented amounts of money, Ward said.

 He said many advertisements listed the small four-wheel-drives as being worth $50,000 when in fact they were only worth $30,000 second-hand. 

A ute in Ballarat, Victoria, sold on Facebook in February for $1500 less than its purchase price eight years prior, despite the fact that it was in excellent condition.

The vehicle seller reported “that he had purchased a 2008 Toyota Hilux in 2014 for $22,000 with 170,000 kilometres. In February 2022, he sold it for $20,500 with 225,000 kilometres.

The ute’s seller thinks that he could have gotten someone to pay more for his vehicle if he had tried harder when selling it. The $1500 loss on the car over eight years is pretty good,” he said.

Should people consider selling their cars now, given the unprecedented prices being paid on the used car market? What should they do if they want to buy? 

Ward gives the following advice:


Why are second-hand cars costing so much?

The demand for secondhand vehicles is so high because there has never been such a serious shortage of new cars worldwide before. car manufacturers stopped ordering as many car parts when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, thinking sales would slow down. This is the reason for the lack of cars. 

During the pandemic, people had more money to spend on cars because they were unable to travel or spend their usual amount, resulting in an increased demand for cars.

‘There was a big demand for vehicles, and production was down,’ Ward said.

The demand for larger cars due to the rush of people having babies during the pandemic is what led to the need for more cars.

Caroline Springs is where Matthew lives, and he was left in that condition. ‘Because we were having a baby, we needed to get a bigger car,’ he said. 

“We purchased a brand new Mazda CX-5 in November and had to wait until March to receive it.”

More than 120 people have contacted him in the past week to buy his third-hand Toyota Yaris, which he is now trying to sell on Facebook. 

People working from home and ordering more computers and keyboards led to semiconductors manufacturers seizing up all available semiconductors, which are vital parts in cars. The global car part backlog was therefore exacerbated. The car manufacturers had to wait for more parts to be produced in order to place car orders. The huge backlog of orders is still being worked off by the market.


Is it time to sell your car?

Make sure you have a plan for what you will do once your car is sold before you consider selling your car,” Ward cautioned. “If you’re selling in a high market, you’re going to buy in a high market,” he said. 

Pre-locking in the price and timing of your next vehicle purchase is what he recommended for those looking for a replacement vehicle. “It’s exactly like property, you run the risk of selling home and having to buy in a case where your net changeover is not great,” Ward said.

Now is the time to sell those cars if drivers no longer need them, he said.

‘It’s never been a better time to sell,’ he said.


Advice For Car Buyers At The Moment

Be careful about purchasing a vehicle, because there are financial pitfalls to watch out for, Ward warned. ‘At present, you must be very very careful when purchasing a car,’ Ward said.

Despite the long wait times foreseen, he advised buyers to put down deposits to get on waitlists for new cars. A high volume of customers on the waiting list can cause a backup, says Ward. People frequently change their minds or decide not to purchase an item, he says, making the line move faster. Buying a new car would not be as risky as purchasing a used car at the moment, he said.

The ‘massive discrepancies between what is the sort of value you would expect to pay and what people are asking for are what we are seeing with second-hand cars, he said. 

Be very cautious about paying more for a car than you should, especially with interest rates rising. 

‘ Because if the market drops, you will be in a terrible position.’  Buyers who can’t wait for a new car should look for used cars with good value, Ward said, but they should research carefully and be open to forgoing the exact colour or model (Ward, 2018). He emphasised that you should not pay too much. “You should not buy a car that feels expensive for what it is.”  

Ward also advises anyone buying second-hand to look for cars that still had warranty left on them. A seven-year warranty is what a three-year-old Kia would have had if it was new when you purchased it. So it means the warranty has four more years to run.

“I would look to those cars  because they are the ones that offer the most protection if something goes wrong.”

Prior to purchasing a used vehicle, he recommended getting a complete service history and a certified Pre Purchase inspection.


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Also, read our article: Don’t Skip the Pre-Purchase Inspection


Will the prices of used cars ever go down?

Car prices are hoped to return to normal in 12 to 18 months, according to Ward. ‘We certainly envisioned this a year ago,’ he said, ‘because we were not aware of the Ukraine situation.’ 

The car parts industry is being affected by the Russia-Ukraine military conflict, creating further semiconductor shortages.

“We are really hoping that things catch up within the next 12 to 18 months – but that’s assuming everything sort of continues on its path,” Ward said.

A little correction in the car market, he said, might be achieved by higher interest rates, reducing the number of buyers for the pricier models.

People will start looking for cheaper cars because demand will slip,” he said. 

We’ll get back into the prices we were familiar with a couple of years ago, is what he said.

Used car prices are likely to remain elevated in the near term, according to Moody’s Analytics.


Pre Purchase Car Inspection

To buy a used car with confidence and especially during this time when used car prices are high, it’s best to have it inspected by a professional car inspector. 

German Precision offers Pre purchase Inspections across Melbourne and regional Victoria, with over 35 years of experience in numerous premium vehicle businesses.

Book your pre purchase inspections with our staff who are experienced in positions ranging from master technicians, workshop foremen, controllers, service advisors and service managers to provide you with reliable and excellent services.

Contact us today to arrange an inspection.

What Is Gear Slipping? Signs You Should Aware About

A minor annoyance can become a bigger, more costly problem down the line if gear slipping is ignored. Your transmission may not fail as a result of the gear slipping, but it is an indication that maintenance is required. It is crucial to properly identify the problems with your car’s transmission because it is one of the most complicated components. 

A manual or an automatic car can have slipping gears, resulting in difficulty changing gears. A car that has slipping gears struggles to engage and therefore takes longer to do so.

Some cars may alert you of a problem by flashing warning light on the dash. Grinding noises, a burning smell, increased engine RPMs, unexpected gear shifts, or an out-of-balance feel can all indicate that your transmission is failing. 

 If you notice any of those signs, then your vehicle’s transmission should be inspected immediately. It is also worthwhile to inspect the ground where the vehicle is usually parked to see if the vehicle has been leaking transmission fluid. 

Other signs of slipping gear can be detected while driving or when stopped. Here are some examples: 

  • Weak or delayed acceleration.
  • Difficulty in shifting gears 
  • Some strange noise
  • Won’t go into reverse
  • Smells/burning odour like brakes burning
  • Engine chugs 

What are transmissions? 

There are many kinds of transmissions, aside from the traditional automatic and manual setups. New technology has brought a variety of options, including CVT, DCT, automated manual, direct-shift, and Tiptronic transmissions.

A manual transmission includes a gear selector and a clutch that connects and disconnects the drive shaft. The driver engages and disengages the clutch manually. When shifting gears, you must manually change them in conjunction with activating and deactivating the clutch.

An automatic transmission is connected to the engine via a bellhousing that contains a torque converter. Instead of using a clutch, a torque converter is used. You can allow the transmission to shift gears automatically, or you can shift gears manually if you prefer. 

Regardless of the type of transmission you have, they both work together to keep the engine within the desired powerband so that it matches the speed and torque, of moving the wheels. As you can see, there are many moving parts in transmission, and because of the heat and friction, lubricant is used (except on clutch friction materials) to ensure that the gears move smoothly and stay cool. Transmission performance can be maintained at its optimal level if the transmission fluid is replaced at the correct service intervals. 


Is it safe to drive a car with slipping gear?

If you experience an unanticipated gearshift while driving then this is a serious issue. It signifies that your vehicle has become unreliable and might be a safety hazard.   If your vehicle begins to shake or becomes difficult to steer, please pull over and get to safety immediately. If your vehicle is exhibiting any of these issues, your transmission may be having problems. Being aware of the signs is halfway to solving the problem. 

There are several reasons why gears may slip when accelerating, it includes: 

  • The vehicle’s transmission fluid level is low.
  • The clutch friction disc is worn/slipping
  • The fluid is burned out or worn out.
  • A damaged or worn transmission band.
  • There are problems with the torque converter or the clutch.

Transmission Fluid 

The transmission’s fluid is the most important part of the transmission. The manufacturer-recommended transmission fluid replacement is the easiest thing you can do to maintain your vehicle’s transmission. Though a transmission doesn’t last forever, with little effort and little maintenance, you should get up to 150-200,000km out of it. This may vary depending on; the brand of vehicle, reliability of transmission, driving style, service adherence or just component failures.

If your vehicle is sluggish or isn’t handling properly, check the transmission fluid level. If the fluid is low, worn out, or burnt, you should consider getting a transmission fluid flush, but bear in mind if it is burnt, simply replacing the fluid and filter, will not necessarily fix an issue, as there is possibly an underlying problem or wear is beyond the point of no return. Keeping your transmission fluid clean will ensure that it runs properly for a longer time. This may also be a requirement to maintain a manufacturer warranty or goodwill support, in case of future issues.

Transmission bands

Bands are what link the gears together in an automatic transmission. An automatic transmission must link the gears precisely in order to operate optimally. A worn or broken transmission band will cause the gear to slip. Therefore, damaged bands should be replaced to solve this problem. It is possible that only the bands have worn out or require adjustment, or that the clutch plates in the transmission and in the torque converter are worn out from inadequate transmission fluid. 


How serious is it to drive a car with the gear slipping?

If you are wondering whether it is fine or not to drive a car with gear slipping? The answer to that is no- do not continue driving. 

Driving with this problem is putting you at risk of your vehicle suddenly jumping out of gear, putting you in a precarious situation. It’s not a pleasant experience to be unable to accelerate while trying to pass someone, plus it’s possible that you may cause further damage or wear to other components. For example – a manual transmission clutch friction disc is worn and slipping. Replacement promptly is recommended, as continued driving may result in the flywheel becoming worn/damaged and necessitate repairs/replacement, that may not have been required earlier.


How to Avoid Buying a car with serious problems like gear Slips?

It is smart to get a pre purchase car inspection done prior to purchasing a used vehicle, to avoid problems such as slipping gears. Here are five reasons why you should get a professional mobile car inspection done with German Precision: 

Firstly, Having a pre purchase car inspection eliminates any unknown issues before purchasing a car. You may not be able to identify problems unless you’re an experienced and knowledgeable mechanic yourself. Having a pre purchase inspection eliminates the uncertainty of whether there is anything wrong with the vehicle. This information gives buyers of used cars a sense of security, enabling them to see the facts before making a decision. There is often an emotional element to choosing a vehicle – you may even fall in love with it when you test drive it – but our in-depth inspections help you see beyond the hype.

Secondly, rather than making a lengthy trip to inspect a vehicle that is not near you or that you do not have time to inspect yourself, a mobile pre purchase inspection is a fantastic choice. German Precision conducts inspections across Melbourne and even regional Victoria. We provide photographs of the vehicle so that you may feel as if you were looking at it with your own eyes. 

Finally, a pre purchase car inspection can help you avoid purchasing a vehicle with major mechanical issues like the slipping gear issue. Some issues are difficult to spot without training but can cost thousands of dollars to repair. By getting a pre purchase car inspection prior to purchase you may avoid buying a worthless vehicle. It doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is fine on the inside just because a vehicle seems in good condition. 

You can instantly book your pre purchase car inspection with German Precision through the Book Now page of our website. If you would like to learn more about the services we provide, give us a call at 0421 083 390

Cheap Cars Are Disappearing, Why?

Where have all the cheap cars gone? The simple answer is that they’ve gone and aren’t coming back anytime soon.

Modern technology has produced an amazing vehicle in today’s motor car and is a testament to the skills of numerous sectors. The wiring alone of a single-piece roof panel, containing hundreds of metres of wiring that make use of sensors, lidar, and radar devices, is almost mind-boggling, not to mention the complex construction of a modern tyre. So it’s difficult to believe that these cars could be made at any cost.

Also, there are plants that produce these units at up to 1000 units per shift, and more and more are powered by renewable energy sources, acting as an example for the entire manufacturing sector. So, when considering the costs associated with producing and distributing a vehicle throughout Australia, one must consider the 12,000 to 15,000 intricately designed and manufactured parts, as well as complex distribution chains.

50 years ago, cars were a luxury item, and thus prices were high. Cheap cars have only recently become available. Japanese brands such as Honda and Nissan (formerly Datsun) were priced comparably with local manufacturers such as Holden, Ford, and Chrysler, even in the early days. The arrival of Hyundai, a Korean upstart, in the late 80s is said to have started the cheap and cheerful automotive revolution.

The huge marketing budgets advertised that new cars were as inexpensive as other vehicles on the market, and this movement helped to make purchasing a new car accessible to everyone.


Is it true that those days are over?

Cars priced below $20,000—a long-standing benchmark for affordability—are an endangered species, and established automakers have little desire to save them. Because of COVID or natural disasters production has been severely disrupted, but Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Stellantis, and Volkswagen, among others, are doing very well financially. 

There is an excess of demand relative to the available supply of new vehicles, resulting in record-high new-vehicle prices. 

The car-building process is plagued with hard costs, and those costs are rising inexorably. Cold-rolled steel has risen by 25 per cent in price per tonne since January 2021 and by almost 100 per cent since January 2020. The semiconductor crunch has also reduced production across the board, resulting in an imbalance between supply and demand and an adverse impact on affordability. Higher-cost materials and more sophisticated engines are forcing OEMs to trim weight, as emissions regulations become ever tighter. Safety tech requirements are also driving up the price chain and extending down it, forcing OEMs to slash weight.

Because of all these forces, the automobile’s base price must go up.

Some brands are standing firm on the issue of prices; it can be said that MG now owns the ‘cheap and cheerful’ sector that other brands like Hyundai and Kia have abandoned, for example. However, those issues – safety, emissions, and raw material costs – will sooner or later come back to haunt us. 

The company’s Chinese parent, SAIC Motor, has provided some protection against pricing pressures, but the party can’t last forever. However, the popularity of that brand among consumers indicates a real yearning for economical vehicles.

Vehicle affordability will become a bigger issue in the back half of the 2020s, given the combination of stagnant wage growth and upcoming pricier finance. Cupra and GWM, two new brands, are not concerned with providing good value for money, whereas the probable arrival of Dacia – Renault’s economical and cheerful European interpretation – seems to have been halted.

However, it’s true that most automotive companies can purchase less expensive vehicles from other countries, but it is improbable that the numbers will add up to bring them to Australia. Despite all the hype, there is still no vehicle that offers what an Australian buyer wants at an affordable price. It’s very unlikely that Australian new-car buyers will be able to purchase a vehicle for less than $23,000 by the midpoint of this decade, and that the category will rise to under $30,000 by 2030. For those who can’t afford such a big stretch, buying a new car is a real issue. However, it is unlikely that prices will ever decrease again.


German Precision

To buy a used car with confidence and at a reasonable price, it’s best to have it inspected by a professional car inspector. 

German Precision offers Pre purchase Inspections across Melbourne and regional Victoria, with over 35 years of experience in numerous premium vehicle businesses.

Book your pre purchase inspections with our staff who are experienced in positions ranging from master technicians, workshop foremen, controllers, service advisors and service managers to provide you with reliable and excellent services. Contact us today to arrange an inspection.

How to sell your car in Melbourne 2022

Are you planning to sell your car? Whether it’s because you’re upgrading or due to a life change. Trading the car in at a dealer, or selling the car privately are your general courses of action.

Selling a used car to a dealership can be convenient, but you might not always get the best price for it. You might want to look into an independent buyer if you want more cash for your trade-in. Whoever buys your car will need to know about its market value and how much should pay for it.

Selling your car can be complicated, but knowing how the process works can make it easier. All of our more than 35 years of experience in numerous premium vehicle businesses, have led us to share it with you so that you can maximize your car sales.


Where to sell your car?

Trade a car in a dealership: you will receive less than the value of the vehicle. This is because the dealership is buying your car to then turn around and sell it to someone else. As such, they usually won’t buy your car at market value because they won’t make much money when it comes to reselling it themselves. While the trade-in value is negotiable, don’t expect to get the best trade-in value from a dealership. Usually, it’s the ’change over’ figure that’s important anyway. It’s no point selling to a dealer who gives you $2000 more. But the car they are selling you is conversely $2000 or more. More expensive than somewhere else. However, if you need to sell quickly, and don’t have the inclination to do work, prepare the car for sale and deal with private buyer inquiries, then this may suit you.

Online: In this modern era, it would be a good idea to promote your car online. We live in a tech-savvy world and have found that most of the interest you will get from showing your car off being through an ad on the web. Platforms such as Carsales, Autotrader,Facebook, Gumtree and online 3rd parties can be an excellent resource for the average seller.

Posters: Putting up posters or writing on your window may help attract potential buyers who are interested and might lead to a safe, profitable sale, but it relies on your car being out and about, or parked near busy areas, and may attract the ire of the local council, who may frown on this action.


Should I sell to dealers or Private buyers? 

We’ve found that when you sell your car privately  you will usually get a better deal. The reason is because dealers try to negotiate people down on the price so they can make enough profit off them in the end.

Some dealers will tell customers their car has problems and needs fixing, so it’s worth less.- a scam that can be difficult to spot if you don’t know much about cars.

Therefore, If you are considering selling to dealers, we always recommend getting an independent pre purchase vehicle inspection.

A pre-purchase car inspection is an examination of a car made before someone buys it. With this, you will know from a fully qualified examiner exactly what issues your car may have, so you can’t get screwed over by any dealer/buyer/re-seller. Read more, to know why you need pre-purchase car inspections and is it worth it? 

If you’re looking for a quick sale, then garages or dealerships will be best. If you have the patience and are in it for the money, then private sellers are your best choice. Note though that you may be subjected to numerous fake/scam buyer enquiries, or need to make time to make the car available for private buyers to inspect/test drive etc. If you are uncomfortable with this, or fearful of getting scammed, then be cautious.


How should you prepare your car for sale?

  • Research about the market: Research is essential to the success of most undertakings, including selling your car. You should look for dealer inventory and find estimates for comparable vehicles in your area so you can estimate what yours would be worth at that range. It is important to remember that seeing a listing doesn’t mean the car will sell at that price. Buyers offer varying amounts, based on things like the condition of a vehicle and its mileage along with elements such as season or region. For example, certain cars are more in-demand at different times of the year. Not as many people want to buy a convertible or sports car during wintertime but you may get better deals on them during the summer season. Conversely, family wagons/SUVs may have more appeal approaching holiday periods.
  • Set a fair price for your car: Finding that perfect balance is what you want to do. You don’t want a price too high or too low as you may reduce your chances of a fair sale, or realize it was too cheap! Before setting the price, take into account whether it has any defaults or issues. It’s also important to consider that people think cars have less value if they’re not complete with all paperwork/service history/2 keys etc.


  • Selecting your Ad platform: For starters, you should choose three main platforms to help your sale go as quickly as possible. Of course, it’s likely that you will be very busy. Facebook, Carsales, Autotrader and Gumtree are platforms that can help you find customers. You might want to try promoting in Facebook groups or on the market place. Keep in mind, though, that this can attract a lot of time wasters; so it is important for you to be prepared for them before going any further with your promotion.


Tips on how to sell your car

  • Detail: Get your car detailed and show how clean it is – they’re affordable and will help sell your car.
  • Pre Purchase Car Inspection: Get a pre purchase car inspection. It will make your life easier as a seller because you’ll get to determine what type of offers you’re getting and negotiate with buyers more easily. Plus, it’ll put the buyer at ease knowing that they are purchasing something without flaws!
  • Ensure your car is roadworthy and safe: You can’t sell a car without making sure it’s up to safety standards. Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork, along with any certificates required by law.
  • Polish the car: Keep your car looking its best by polishing it. This shine can help it look newer and more appealing to potential buyers.
  • Ensure it smells nice: No one wants to buy a car that smells bad. The smell could be the game-changer! Make sure your car always smells when selling!
  • Car history: Get all the car history together, if there’s any missing pieces, get them as soon as possible. A full history will help with a faster sale and better price.
  • List the issues: Be honest and forthcoming with buyers by telling them about any problems in the car. This will make them trust you more, and they are more likely to give you a fair price in return.


Contact a professional

To sell your car at a reasonable price it’s best to have it inspected by a professional vehicle inspector. 

German Precision offers Pre-purchase Car Inspection and Vehicle Check services across Melbourne, Victoria, with over 35 years of experience in numerous premium vehicle businesses.

Book your pre-purchase car inspection with our experienced master staff to provide you with reliable and excellent services.

Contact us today to arrange an inspection.


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Signs of an Exhaust Leak in the car

One of the common problems you might face when buying a car without running a vehicle inspection is an exhaust leak. An early detection, if the car has an exhaust leak, will prevent you from significant consequences and costly repairs in the future. Here are a few tips on how to detect if a car has an exhaust leak or not:

Cars are designed to function precisely. Any input bias or disturbance in the environment inside of it could lead to significant consequences. One of the things that cars maintain is a specific pressure and closed system.

When doing a car inspection, it is essential to ensure that all the systems are closed, and no fluids or gases are moving from one system to another. Otherwise, you’ll have catastrophic outcomes that might cost you thousands of dollars on repair.

This article will explain the meaning of this exhaust leak and how dangerous it is to purchase a car with an exhaust leak. We will also share view tips on how to tell if your potential purchase has an exhaust leak and what could happen if you purchase a car that has an exhaust leak.


why should I do an exhaust leak inspection?

To understand what it means to deal with an exhaust leak, we must first gain a basic understanding of the exhaust leak. 

A leaking exhaust is not a very common issue, but it can be a serious one. This is why understanding the basics helps you get an idea of how bad a situation is and how dangerous it might be to buy a car with an exhaust leak.

In a car with a combustion system, the fuel and air are stored securely inside cylinders before being mixed to create an explosion (controlled combustion)  that produces energy. So, everything inside the cylinder should stay within the cylinder.

That’s because any generated fluid would be extremely hot and have a lot of pressure on the engine, which could lead to damage in other parts of it. Over time, the chances are high that these seals will wear out and allow some of the internal gases in the combustion system to escape. 

Imagine the kind of damage these hot and pressurized gasses can do when they leave their cylinder. Potentially, there are significant outcomes that will cost you a lot of money in repairs. Additionally, If the previous owner of the car has ignored this issue for a long time, there can be a lot of repairs or replacements needed.

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How can I know if a car has an exhaust leak?

Automotive experts compiled a list of all possible symptoms that may indicate an exhaust leak. Let’s take a closer look at these common symptoms and try to take them seriously whenever inspecting a car: 

  • Noisy engine 

One of the first signs you should look out for when trying to diagnose exhaust problems is if the car has a noisy engine. But, the more you drive the car, the better you’ll be able to tell when these noises are normal or not.

A car with a faulty exhaust manifold gasket will create an exhaust leak that sounds like hissing or tapping. The sound is especially noticeable during a cold start or when you accelerate the car. 

Generally speaking, any strange noises coming from the car should alert you that something is going wrong inside the car.

Whether these noises are related to an exhaust leak or not, you should have this checked out professionally by a professional car inspector. This way you can avoid dealing with a car that will cost you a lot of money in the future or any problems down the road. 

  • Difficulty with power and accelerating 

Along with a loud noise, bad acceleration is the second symptom indicating you are dealing with an exhaust leak. The car’s exhaust problem will affect the performance of the engine. It won’t be able to accelerate, and you’ll lose power when accelerating on a car with an exhaust issue. This problem will worsen over time.

You can imagine what is happening as you hit the gas pedal and ask the engine to produce more energy. However, when there isn’t enough pressure inside of the cylinder (due to lack of compression), it won’t be able to produce any extra energy, even if you don’t know what’s going on inside the engines.

If you buy a car with an exhaust leak, and the leak gets worse over time, then you could lose power and speed when driving. A good example of this is if you try to push the gas pedal in the car it might suddenly turn off or stop completely. This is especially dangerous if you’re driving at highway speed. That’s why you have to inspect the car well and do a professional inspection whenever there are signs of trouble accelerating.

You might not know, but the car’s difficulty in accelerating could be linked to a different system. If this is the case, you could also be dealing with any other problems that arise by addressing them. 

It’s not always easy to know if a car has a problem like an exhaust leak or other problems. Instead, you should have it checked by a professional who will tell you what the issue is whether they find an exhaust leak or another type of problem during the pre-purchase car inspection. It’s important to keep in mind that the issues might be coming from multiple sources, so there could be more than one thing going wrong with the car.

  • Less fuel efficiency 

The other thing that you might not be able to notice directly is that the car will consume more fuel than it should. When the car’s power and acceleration decrease, often the fuel efficiency of the car also decreases. 

To get the car to function in the same way that it does without an exhaust problem, it has to work even harder by using more fuel and it will cost you a lot of money on gas. This can be a big hassle, especially the gas prices are increasing.

  • Strong burning smell 

When the gasket fails and begins to leak near any engine wiring or any parts under the hood that are made of plastic, the heat from the exhaust gases could cause these parts to burn. Those burning parts then release a burning smell that can smell like a burning engine and release a bit of smoke. If you smell any burning or see any smoke this could be a sign that there’s something off with the car. Also important to note, that an exhaust leak means a car is deemed unroadworthy and does not pass EPA/emissions standards. As the exhaust leak means a portion of the exhaust fumes are escaping directly into the environment, rather than being via the catalytic converter or DPF (diesel particulate filter).

  • Fuel smell 

The exhaust leak might allow the gases to leave the cylinders, and a specific amount of fuel might also escape. Therefore, if you’ve got into the car and as you run it you notice a fuel smell coming, you should take this issue very seriously and it could be a sign. Sometimes, fuel leaking from the right system into hot areas around the engine compartment might lead to fires, one of the worst scenarios a driver could get involved in.

It’s important to keep in mind that all these mentioned symptoms might be linked to other problems, as we previously mentioned. Therefore, you must have the car inspected by a professional car mechanic to avoid these dangerous issues before making any purchase. The car mechanic should have enough experience to tell what’s going on by performing a certain car inspection.

Note that when you buy a car with serious problems, sometimes the repair costs might approach the value of the car.


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Pre-Purchase Car Inspection in 2022

If you’re looking for a used car, getting a Pre-Purchase Car Inspection from an expert mechanic will ensure your used car doesn’t end up as just a lemon. Especially during this time in 2022 when used cars prices are still high as a result of the shortage of new cars available, semiconductor shortages, the war in Ukraine and now floods in Australia.

When buying a used car it is difficult to know exactly if the car has a mechanical issue, how much the car has been driven or its history. Although the car may feel just fine on a test drive, it could need serious repairs that will cost you a lot of money in the future. Even in used cars with a warranty, there are items not covered by the statutory warranty or even with an aftermarket/ warranty extension, or there are problems that were not reported. Here’s where Pre-purchase car inspections can be valuable for finding out about potential problems with the used car before you buy them.

Also, if you are interested in pre-purchase car inspections for selling a car, archive, feel free to read my article on selling a car.


What is a Pre-Purchase Car Inspection?

A pre-purchase car inspection is a comprehensive, in-depth check of the quality, safety, performance and value of a used car conducted by an expert mobile mechanic.

In even more simple terms,  pre-purchase car inspections allow you to find problems or damages that were not reported by the previous owner of the car. For example, there could be flood-damaged or frame damage even though the car looks pristine. If you’re wondering whether to have your car Inspected, these services will help you make the best decision and to ensure you are not going to be buying a lemon. Sadly, not everyone is truthful these days so buying a used car can be risky.

Hiring a qualified mechanic to look over the car that you’re looking at buying can provide helpful insight into its value. It is likely that you can negotiate the owner or salesperson down to a realistic price of the car’s worth.

 Pre-Purchase car Inspection in 2022 - German Precision, Australia 

What is Included in a Pre-Purchase Car Inspection?

 Pre-purchase car inspections can be really comprehensive (depending on who actually performs it) and it checks all the aspects of a car, including exterior and interior checks, as well as checking the engine bay, wheels and tyres, brakes and suspension, plus an electronic scan of faults and many more. 

The car will also be taken for a short test drive to check the engine, transmission, brakes, wheel alignment, body noises, suspension performance etc.

The car inspector has a lot of experience with various types and conditions of cars, so he can provide expert opinions on any car you are considering buying. There are so many more included that will make you feel like you already own the car and know the ins and outs!

A list of the things included in pre-purchase car inspections:

  • Brakes
  • Engine & Gears
  • Radiator
  • Electrical System
  • Transmission
  • Fluids
  • Steering & Suspension
  • Stereo, Radio and SATNAV (if fitted)
  • Heating & Air Conditioning System
  • Instruments & Gauges
  • Underbody
  • Interior 
  • Seats & Seatbelts
  • Wheels & Tyres
  • Body & Paint 
  • Windscreen & Wipers
  • Pictures Of the Car
  • Personal Advice From the car Inspector

After the inspection has been completed, a detailed report will be sent to you along with any additional comments or notes from the car inspector.

If the pre-purchase car inspection identifies any faults or repairs that are required, these issues can be used to negotiate a lower price with the seller before purchasing.

If the car has passed a clean bill of health, you will know that it is in good condition and you’ll know that your purchase is for a safe and reliable car.

As a car buyer, you can ask as many questions about the car as seem reasonable to you. We want to help you get all of the information before deciding on buying or selling your car.


Are Pre-Purchase Car Inspections worthwhile?

There’s really only one question here. Are Pre-Purchase Car Inspections worthwhile? 

If you know about cars and work as a mechanic, then it wouldn’t be necessary for you. However, most people are not aware of what should take place in order to make sure that there is nothing wrong with the car they are buying. So getting an inspection would probably be beneficial and it’s definitely worth it.

Your car is an asset and should be treated like it. Why take the chance of buying something that may only last for just a few months? Buying a lemon will put you out of pocket, not to mention at risk.

The benefits of pre-purchase car inspections are worth it for the buyer and seller. We will go into this in more detail below; these inspections are definitely worth getting if you’re planning on buying a luxury car.

Reasons why should you get a Pre-Purchase Car Inspection?

Reasons why should you get a Pre-Purchase Car Inspection?

First, Pre-Purchase car inspections could save you a lot of money in the long run. This will help you identify the car problem and heaps of issues so not buying it after knowing the car condition is the best decision. Some sellers won’t tell you about any issues with the car because all they care about is selling it.

Secondly, this is beneficial to both the buyer and the seller. Knowing the true value of a car is an important thing for buyers. It will help you know how much you should be spending, and if they’re ripping you off. This also will help you to negotiate for a better price as well.

For sellers, you will know exactly how much your car is worth so any dealers or buyers that try to negotiate lower prices can be ignored. You can use this as a benchmark and work from there.

Last, even if this is actually the car of your dreams, this inspection will let you know upfront exactly what needs to be repaired. You may even find that some things need to be done straight away. Whereas other issues are just warnings and still have months of good use and it could save you and your family from any dangerous problems in the car when driving down the road. 


What If Pre-Purchase Car Inspections reveal problems?

If the pre-purchase car inspection uncovers hidden issues, you can take many different actions.

First, if it revealed unreported issues or damaged surfaces you are certainly at risk of buying a car from an unreliable seller making you question your decision. But what if the seller was upfront about how bad the car condition is. If that’s the case, If the seller is willing to repair any problems before you buy, then you can agree on them taking care of it and negotiating a better deal. 

Car inspections also can be used to your advantage if you are seeking a car that is above your budget. If a pre-purchase car inspection reports hidden problems in the car, you can negotiate down the price at this point.

The most ideal outcome for a pre-purchase car inspection is that the report rates the car as in excellent condition with no needed repairs. A positive report will be an assurance to you of reliability and longevity.

And with this, I hope that some of you now understand what a pre-purchase car inspection is and when it might be necessary.

If you’re looking for your next car, don’t buy someone else’s problem. Get a professional inspector with many qualifications to look over the car here!

Beware of flood-damaged cars

Thousands of cars have been affected by the recent floods in NSW, Queensland, and even in Victoria. Many of these flood-damaged cars will be cleaned up to hide the damage and sold. These cars might be shipped off to other parts of the country, where there is a lower chance of flooding. But often to vehicle repair businesses to repair and resell. Buyers from less prone locations to this problem might not even know about it.

There are many cars damaged by these floods, and those without full insurance claims are the real danger to buyers. “Cars that were previously uninsured or underinsured will be cleaned up and put back on the market to sell,” Mr. Scognamiglio said. Even the cars that are insured and ‘written off’ by insurance companies, will either be sold as STATUTORY WRITE-OFFS (can never be registered again but only sold as parts or private property cars), or REPAIRABLE WRITE-OFFS, that may end up in all parts of the country, to be resold, in many cases without due disclosure, to unsuspecting buyers.


What do you need to know about Flood-damaged cars?

Flood-damaged cars are a danger to consumers, with the possibility of having defects in their electrical system. Nearly every system in the car and components that control the brakes, doors can be affected by this. These scams pose a real threat to people’s wallets and safety. A lot of these electrical/trim/residual moisture problems may be sporadic or infrequent, and be frustrating due to their nature and characteristics.

“You may not be able to see signs of rust or corrosion in flood-damaged cars for up to six months. Sellers have a window of opportunity to sell these cars to unsuspecting buyers, including dealers.Royal Automobile Club of Queensland said. 

The diligent cleaning will remove most evidence of recent flood damage, and buyers should conduct a proper pre-purchase car inspections.

Spokesman Steve Spalding said that “One thing I remember after a previous flood was a late model Mercedes for sale that had been cleaned and detailed immaculately. The clue was in the glove compartment, which the buyer had skipped over. It showed how deep the particular car has been submerged under water by a mud tide-mark.”



Tips on how to spot flood-damaged car

Flood-damaged cars are usually written off and only re-enter the market illegally in rebirthing schemes. In order to make sure that the car you are buying is not flood-damaged, it is always a good idea to carry out registration and inspect the car before making the purchase. So what should you be looking for? Here are some of the most common signs of a flood-damaged car: 

  • The car carpet: The best way to know whether the carpets are waterlogged is by smelling them or seeing signs of caked-on mud and mustiness. Brand new carpet in an older car may be another red flag.
  • The car seat: The seat must be removed or even replaced to dry the carpets effectively.
  • The car lights: The waterline may still be visible on the lens or reflector.
  • The difficult-to-reach places: such as gaps between panels in the trunk and under the hood, for capturing mud and debris.
  • Log books: The log book will probably be removed or replaced before sale. If a book is missing and the condition of it appears inconsistent then it might be a sign. 
  • The car smell: The smell of a car that has been flooded can be difficult to remove from the fabric and trim, so be suspicious if a car is treated with strong fragrances.
  • The car rubber drain plugs: If the area under the car and at the bottom of doors looks recently removed. That may have been done to drain floodwater.

Lastly, some buyers are worried about purchasing a car that has been damaged by flood. So if you’re planning to buy a used car, we recommend you over the next six months to carefully inspect used cars by looking in depth at its physical condition and their official history. Or you can take it for a professional pre-purchase car inspection to make sure it is professionally inspected.

To help Australians navigate these complexities specially during these times, German Precision offers an inspection service to assist you in identifying if the car in question has been involved in a flood/accident. As part of the car inspection, we take pride in reporting minor/major damaged areas and signs of prior flood or repairs. We can focus on details and make sure that each car is not considered a flood-damaged car.


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2022 Best Used Cars

It’s the best time of year for used cars buyers because Bingle Australia just picked out three amazing brands of used cars.

The car retailer’s Best Used Cars awards by Bingle Australia, have once again recognised the broad selection of quality used cars for buyers on a tight budget.

In the past, Mazda has been the dominant brand in these awards, but Ford and Toyota have both come surprisingly close to taking over this year.

Each company took two outright wins in different categories, but Mazda’s tally of honourable mentions means it is still ahead of Ford and Toyota in the small, medium and sports car categories.


What are the best-used cars for 2022?

The Mazda6, a mid-size passenger car from Mazda, has consistently been one of the top-selling cars in previous years. However, it was relegated to honourable mention status for 2022.

The Mazda BT-50 was an honourable mention for 2020, but the RedBook gave it a lower score in face of competition from the new Toyota HiLux and Nissan Navara generations.

The Mazda’s twin under the skin, the Ford Ranger, repeated its win in this dual cab ute segment through a concerted effort from the judges but was fortunate to be nominated at all based on it’s RedBook ranking.


The 2022 Best Used Cars are presented by Bingle. VFACTS is the basis of the segmentation, although certain categories are a mix of multiple segments – such as small cars or off-road 4x4s – while dual cab utes are mixed between VFACTS pick-ups and cab chassis.


Cars categories 

Luxury Cars 

Sports Cars 

Dual Cab ute

Small passenger cars

Medium passenger cars 

Large passenger cars 

Small SUV 

Medium SUV

Large SUV 

Off-road 4✕4

Scores were tallied in each category to select a winner and two honourable mentions.

All the entries were judged according to a set of criteria. Each entry was given points out of 100 and an analysis accounted for half the maximum possible score, with a score out 50 being derived from cost of ownership, safety, retained value and market appeal.

The calculations were based on an average of 15,000km travelled each year from new, with fuel just one of the factors in arriving at a figure for each vehicle.

The fixed-rate fuel per litre and the official combined-cycle fuel consumption figure of each car was used in this calculation, to work out annual fuel costs.

Safety ratings were determined by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program’s (ANCAP).

RedBook provided a demand-and-supply metric to establish the market appeal of each vehicle by make and model, as well as retained value information.

The rating of five judges’ that scaled from 1 to 10 was combined with the redbook score out of 50 for a total score out of 100. The total then determined which entries were winners and honourable mentions in the ten categories.

The five judges were Marton Pettendy from carsales, Ken Gratton who used to be a technical editor for the publication, Ross Booth of RedBook Data Services reports and Cliff Chambers from carsales. The fifth judge was senior journalist Bruce Newton.


list of the best used cars for 2022

  1. Best Small Car: 2015 Mazda3 Neo hatchback
  2. Best Medium Car: 2015 Skoda Octavia Ambition 110 TSI
  3. Best Large Car: 2015 ford FG X Falcon XR6
  4. Best Small SUV: 2015 Honda HR-V VTi 
  5. Best Medium SUV: 2015 Mazda CX- Maxx 
  6. Best Large SUV: 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i
  7. Best Sports Car: 2015 Toyota 86 GT 
  8. Best Luxury Car: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S 300h
  9. Best Dual-Cab ute: 2015 Ford Ranger XL 2.2 4×4 Dual-Can Ute
  10. Best Off-Road 4X4: 2015 Toyota LandCruiser Prado GX

Before buying any used cars you should know that every year, many cars are either damaged or destroyed and yet don’t automatically end up in a junkyard. Some of these cars are repaired and resold in other parts of the country without the buyer being aware of their past.

There are many signs you might not know when inspecting a car. It is so important Before buying any used car, you need to carefully do a pre purchase car inspection or take it to a professional vehicle inspector.


Things you should know about German Precision:

  • We provide a complete pre purchase car inspection for a fair, honest price. The car inspection is completely unbiased and honest.
  • We have been in the automotive industry since December 1984, ranging from apprentice to master technician, workshop foreman, controller, service advisor, and service manager.
  • over 35 years of experience in multiple premium vehicle businesses
  • I am raised and trained in Australia, but I have gained experience working overseas. This includes work in Germany, Taiwan, South Korea. After this long time abroad I returned to Australia.
  • We offer our services across Melbourne and Victoria.



Is it worth buying a used car that’s been in an accident?

Imagine finding the perfect used car. It has everything, it’s a perfect model, the right model year, and has all of the amenities you wanted in its interior and exterior package. The price is just what you’re looking for as well. The car is technically sound but has issues that make it a dangerous proposition to buy. There are multiple instances of major collisions, and the seller was forced to sell the car due to them.

Some accidents don’t cause major physical damage, like a broken door or missing panels. You can figure out if the car has been written off by taking it for a pre purchase car inspection with German Precision.

These damaged cars are often sold at a heavily reduced price, meaning you’re paying much less for the same model. But there’s a risk with that because sometimes the car will be in such bad shape that it costs as much as you paid for the car to get it back on road.


The benefits of buying a used car that’s been in an accident

If you’re the kind of used car buyer that cringes when they hear the word “accident” then maybe a used car that’s been in one just isn’t for you. But being open-minded when purchasing a used car can be helpful.

It would appear, from some research studies, that many cars on the road today have sustained some sort of damage. This means that many cars are on the road and have been in a scuffle at some point or another. Furthermore, some vehicles had an airbag deployment too.

Buying a used car that’s been in an accident can save you money, though you should expect to pay less for a used car.

The general rule is that a car that has been involved in an accident is worth 60 per cent of similar models that have never been in an accident. You’ll be saving money, but the risks are still there. Furthermore, if you considering buying a used car that has been in an accident. Make sure to take it for a  pre purchase car inspection to confirm the repair status of the vehicle, that whoever did repairs on it did a good job, and whether there is any additional work that needs to be done. Remember, in many cases, sellers do not disclose damage or even if WRITTEN OFF. 


The top reasons to avoid buying a used car that’s been in an accident

The major reason to avoid a used car that has been in an accident. Because some accidents cause long-lasting damage. Furthermore, the additional damage could lead to other problems down the road even if repaired. Repair quality is not always perfect. It’s tough to repair a car after it has been in an accident. Some shops take the time and care necessary to fix the cars their customers have brought them, but some focus less on quality and more on getting them “fixed” as quickly as possible.


Tips for purchasing a used car that’s been in an accident

When buying a used car that has been in an accident, there are several things to keep in mind. There are two types of accidents – what we can call “damaged beauties” and ” damaged lemons”. Sometimes, you can’t tell which category your car falls under until it’s taken for a  vehicle inspection.

At a point, you’ve already purchased the car, and then knowing that it had been involved in a major accident and needed to be repaired. You can’t return it. You may be left with a large bill or one which is surprisingly small. 

It’s important to take stock of what is damaged on the car before you buy it, from exterior panels to the motor or wheels and suspension. It’s also important to know who fixed the car. not all car mechanics do good work. Make sure you get the name of the repair shop that fixed the car and get an understanding of the kind of work they do. 

Lastly, you should consider how much the car is being sold for too. Does its price make sense for a used car that’s been in an accident? You should be paying less, not more, for a used car that has previously been involved in an accident.

To prevent buying a “damaged lemon” car, it’s best to have it inspected by a professional pre purchase car inspection.


Things you should know about German Precision:

  • We provide a complete pre purchase car inspection for a fair, honest price. The car inspection is completely unbiased and honest.
  • We have been in the automotive industry since December 1984, ranging from apprentice to master technician, workshop foreman, controller, service advisor, and service manager.
  • over 35 years of experience in multiple premium vehicle businesses
  • I am raised and trained in Australia, but I have gained experience working overseas. This includes work in Germany, Taiwan, South Korea. After this long time abroad I returned to Australia.
  • We offer our services across Melbourne and Victoria.


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A guide on car battery replacement and maintenance

Many people neglect the electrical system of a vehicle until it fails. But with some maintenance here and there you can save yourself money and time in the long run. Car battery failure is one of the most annoying problems that you can easily avoid if you test them regularly and replace them when necessary.

In this article, we will talk about how long do car batteries last? and how to avoid battery early failure, and what causes car battery failure.


How long does a car battery last?

On average, car batteries last between three and five years. Your battery’s capacity will slowly reduce over time. You should test your car battery after 3 years of use. Getting your battery tested often will lower the chance of you getting stranded due to a dead battery.


Car battery maintenance

Be sure to test your battery voltage regularly. The quickest way to test your battery’s voltage is by using a voltmeter. Purchasing your own digital voltmeters is the easiest to use. The voltage test should be done at least 12 hours after your car has been turned off to get the most accurate reading. Normally, A fully charged battery will typically display a reading between 12.4 and 12.8 volts. If your car battery voltage is anything outside that range. You should take it to a mechanic for vehicle inspection from a mechanic. Dedicated battery testers indicating health/state of charge and condition, are even better. And this is what your workshop will/should be using at each service – if not, ask them.

Secondly, Leaving your car unused for long periods of time will likely cause a problem with the battery not having enough time to recharge. Using your car more often will even make it in an optimal condition, It’s always good to take your car for a drive once every week if possible. This is because of the fact that it will help warm up your engine and circulate your fluids. If you won’t be using your car for a few weeks, it’s likely that the battery will need attention when you use it again. In many cases though, starting a car and then simply driving around the block or a few km, does nothing too little to improve the SOC (state of charge), and in some cases could be detrimental.

Thirdly, make sure to clean your battery regularly. A car battery with grime, dirt, or dampness will have a leakage across the casing to cause a short circuit. This is why you should keep your battery clean and dry! Doing this at least once a month will reduce buildup. The corrosion that accumulates on battery terminals and lead clamps is very common. Corrosion in the Lead clamps and terminals will impede the flow of electricity through the battery. Making sure to clear this grime or build-up is important in order to ensure that your battery lasts a long time and works efficiently.

Lastly, Powering up electronic accessories while the engine is off will discharge a battery more quickly. This is because when the engine switches off, your car’s alternator automatically shuts down and electronic accessories instead drain power from your car’s battery. One way to avoid this is to get into the habit of checking that everything is switched off every time you exit your car.


Signs that your car battery needs to be replaced?

it is best to take preventative measures if you are noticing a few signs that your battery might need a replacement. If you are finding your car reluctant to start, it could be a sign that the battery needs replacement. Additionally, If you notice your headlights seem dimmer than usual, it’s time to get the battery checked as It can be an early sign of weakness in the battery.


Contact a professional

To prevent your car battery from breaking down unexpectedly, it’s best to have it inspected by a professional vehicle inspector. The next time you go for a vehicle check service, ask the mechanic to check if your battery is working well and charging properly.

Unfortunately, German Precision focus on pre purchase car inspection only and we are no longer able to personally carry out services/repairs, however, due to our period in the industry, we can help refer you to trusted professionals who will look after you, or at least guide you with questions and support post-purchase car checks.


Things you should know about German Precision:

  • We provide a complete pre purchase car inspection for a fair, honest price. The car inspection is completely unbiased and honest.
  • We have been in the automotive industry since December 1984. Ranging from apprentice to master technician, workshop foreman, controller, service advisor, and service manager.
  • over 35 years of experience in multiple premium vehicle businesses
  • I am raised and trained in Australia, but I have gained experience working overseas. This includes work in Germany, Taiwan, South Korea. After this long time abroad I returned to Australia.
  • We offer our services across Melbourne and Victoria



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