Tips To Retain Your Car’s Resale Value

The harsh reality of car buying can be described in one word — depreciation. Depreciation is a scary word used to describe your car losing its value over time due to wear and tear. German Precision has compiled some tips to retain your car’s resale value.

We have been in the automotive industry since 1984, ranging from apprentice to master technician, workshop foreman, controller, service advisor and service manager, in numerous premium vehicle businesses. We have built a level of loyalty that in the 21st Century is vital. After all, customer service and care is a point of difference.

We hope we are able to help you out with your needs. Our business is also known as Prepurchase Check.


Cars are the opposite of wine; they almost always lose value as they age. No matter what, your new car begins its long and gradual descent into depreciation from the moment it leaves the factory. From the moment you first turn the key in the ignition, you will lose your car resale value.

Choose The Right Make And Model

If you want your car to maintain its value as much as possible, it’s crucial to choose a popular make and model. If a dealer knows they won’t have any trouble selling your car to another buyer, they’ll be happy to offer you a better price when you trade it in.

This means you should try to select a vehicle that has good fuel economy, low running costs and a reputation for reliability. For example, brands that regularly top reliability surveys, such as Toyota, will tend to have higher resale values than others that can’t boast the same track record for quality.

It’s also worth remembering that if the model you want to buy is about to be replaced in the manufacturer’s line-up, this can drive its resale value down substantially.

Service History

By far the most important, stay up to date with your regular services and log each one. A complete service history gives potential buyers more confidence in the car they are buying and shows it has been properly cared for.

Research Resale Values

Want to know how much your car will be worth in three or five years’ time? Start researching resale values through a car valuation service such as RedBook, which offers a “Future Valuation” option to help you work out how much your vehicle will be worth in one, two, three, four and five years.

Many motoring organisations around Australia, such as the NRMA, include depreciation in their car operating costs or car running costs surveys. Use this data to find the makes and models most likely to hold their value in the future.

Don’t Smoke In Your Car

Not only does cigarette smoke give the interior of a car the smell of an impacted ashtray, but it can also cause interior surfaces to dull and even turn yellowish-brown. Since only 22% of the adult population smokes cigarettes, you can be certain that the cigarette smell in your car will be offensive to at least 78% of the population that doesn’t smoke. That will cut the potential market for your car substantially – as well as the value.

Choose Carefully Where To Park The Car

Door dings, bumper scratches and fading plastics are like wrinkles on the skin — they’re going to happen regardless, and they’re going to diminish your car’s value. But you can minimize these blemishes by parking away from other cars, choosing empty spots in the far reaches of parking lots as often as possible (despite the protests from teenage passengers).

Also, choose spots that leave your car less vulnerable to passing or turning vehicles. Choose a parallel spot at the end of a row if there are no empty side-by-side stalls. Keeping the car in a garage, if possible, away from the harsh effects of wind and sun, also helps.

Check The Age And Mileage

Mileage has a greater effect on depreciation than age does. Cars are often driven anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 km a year on average. The more you drive and put miles on the car, the more likely your car will depreciate quickly in value.

Think about how much wear and tear your car goes through by putting six-figure mileage on it. If you hold on to a top-brand car for years and don’t put major miles on the odometer, you could expect your car to be labelled as being in “outstanding condition,” which will give you a higher resale or trade-in value if you decide to part ways with your car.

Wax Your Car A Few Times A Year

You should plan to wax your car a few times per year. This will not only protect the surface but will also help to maintain the colour of your vehicle longer.

Though it’s completely superficial, the quality of the paint job on your car is the first thing that a buyer will notice about the vehicle. If the paint is dull and worn, a prospective buyer may not look any farther, even if the car is in perfect shape mechanically.

Get An Extra Set Of Tyres

Sure, an extra set of tyres for winter will cost you upfront, but it saves over the long haul. It reduces the likelihood of an accident in winter because you’ve got better traction. It also cuts the amount of use both sets of tyres get over the year, thereby prolonging their tread, their use, and value.

Besides the extra life, those shiny aluminium rims will still look great years from now. Especially if they’ve been stored over winter and haven’t been exposed to the bad weather.

Get Comprehensive Car Insurance

If you choose wisely, you can get comprehensive car insurance that’s pocket-friendly. It will make repairs or accident-related costs considerably lower. This means you have more to spend on keeping your car in top shape all the time.

Then if you decide to sell your car today, tomorrow, next week or next month, you can get the best resale value.

Hire A Professional Car Technician In Melbourne

We have engaged with many clients for independent, personal car purchase advice. Whilst we are not a CAR BROKER, we have assisted clients with discussions on MAKE/MODEL/YEAR/VERSION of vehicle best suited to their needs, and with low ‘grief’ factors. In some cases, clients, especially repeat clients (and we have many), have asked us to either source a car for them, or assist in the negotiations.

As much as some of us think we’re backyard mechanics, you can’t go past actually getting a used car checked out by a professional to determine whether it is mechanically sound. There’s nothing worse than driving away with your new purchase, only to find that it has an issue that is going to cost you dearly.

And if you want to buy a secondhand car, have a professional inspector like German Precision do a thorough pre-purchase car inspection in Melbourne to ensure that your dream car is operating properly and not a scam.

If you are looking for the best pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision or Prepurchase Check today!

sources: finance.yahoo.com, finder.com.au, pd.com.au, driving.ca, pickles.com.au, cashmoneylife.com

Buying A Family Car? Read These Tips First!

Starting a family brings an abundance of important decisions and lifestyle changes. In that mix is your choice of car—what vehicle will you choose to carry the most precious cargo you’ll ever be responsible for?There are many vehicles on the market and the options can be overwhelming, but they don’t have to be a daunting task. Before buying a family car, read these tips first!

Honest and Professional Pre-purchase Car Inspection in Melbourne, VIC

We have been in the automotive industry since 1984, ranging from apprentice, through to master technician, workshop foreman, controller, service advisor and service manager, in numerous premium vehicle businesses. We have built a level of loyalty that in the 21st Century is vital. After all, customer service and care is a point of difference.
We hope we are able to help you out with your needs. Our business is also known as Prepurchase Check.

How Much Can You Afford?

First thing first, how much can you spend on a new family car—be it new or used?

There’s no point buying something that’s too expensive, where the repayments will stress the family budget for years to come. Plan carefully, think about how much the car costs to run as well as the initial costs (things like insurance, fuel efficiency, warranty and service, ongoing registration, etc), and don’t spend what you can’t cover. Period.

What Do You Use The Car For?

Is yours mainly a plain suburban route between school, work, the grandparents and the supermarket? You might not need that enormous off-roader SUV that’s going to chew up petrol for no reason then.

Even if you think to yourself, “But we’ll go camping! If we had this car, we’d go off-road all the time!”, the reality is if you haven’t done those trips already, before children, it’s unlikely you’ll do them regularly after children. Or at least, regularly enough to warrant spending more money on one.

But if you live in the country and have to travel 50km to your letterbox across rough terrain and spend weekends crossing rivers and pitching tents, that giant SUV could be just the thing for you.

Choose your car based on how you use it. Granted, in Australia, people are mad for SUVs when it comes to family cars, and with good reason. They’re higher off the road and bigger, so you feel safe in them, plus you’re not bending down to do the child seats up. And they have bigger boot space (some of them). Some sedans really do have a lot of boot space).

Consider An SUV Or A People Mover

There is a reason SUVs are the weapon of choice at the school drop off/pick up war zone. Their upright driving position offers better visibility over traffic. Their height means they are easier to get in and out of with kids and groceries; you’ll do your back twisting and lowering a snoozing baby into a low car. SUVs generally hold more stuff.

Also, consider people movers. While decidedly uncool, they offer practical motoring at their best. Their sliding doors are brilliant when it comes to ushering kids into the car. Not to mention eliminating dinged doors in the car park.

Don’t forget, it’s not just your own kids you’ll be ferrying around. You’ll also play taxi driver to all their friends and sporting groups, so consider whether you need a 5, 7 or even an 8 seater model.

Make Sure You Will Be Comfortable During Long Trips

A woman sleeping in a comfortable family car
Not only you should think about choosing between an SUV or a people mover, but you should also choose a car that will be comfortable for a long trip.

This family car is also bound to be your everywhere car, which means you’re going to use it for holidays and road trips. Make sure every single person inside the car will be comfortable during these times!

Check The Safety Features

These days, you really shouldn’t be buying a car that doesn’t have airbags that cover all rows of the car. Then there are child seat fixtures called either tether points or ISOFIX points, depending on what kind of car seat you have. Both of those things should be standard features in a family car.

But there are a whole bunch of other, newer features that are just coming into play which you should also consider. Things like auto emergency braking (the car will stop itself if you’re about to hit something in front of you); blind-spot monitoring (a light will show on the side mirror if you have a car in your blind spot); lane departure warnings (beeps in case you veer off out of your lane), reverse parking cameras (a camera that shows you the road behind you, great for parking.

Some cars now have 360-degree cameras which will show you all around your car (super useful), and adaptive cruise control (which will keep you safer on long drives and in traffic).

Know The Fuel Type And Efficiency

Petrol, hybrid, electric—they’re all a bit different in terms of fuel consumption. Make sure you get the one that best suits your needs.

Manufacturers will always have an official fuel consumption expressed as litres per 100 km. But this is usually a combination of “urban” and “extra-urban” aka freeway conditions. The manner and usage in which you drive your car could make that quite different. For example, if you do lots of school runs and stop-start city driving your fuel usage will be higher.

Does It Have A Big Boot?

A family of four and a family car
Kids come with a lot of equipment. While you might not be in the market for an SUV, you’ll definitely need as much cargo capacity as possible for prams, school bags and toys—not to mention the four-legged family member.

When you’re test-driving a car, bring your pram or stroller along and see if it will fit in the cargo area with room to spare.

If you’re shopping for a more compact car, check to see how easy it is to fold the rear seats in case you need to increase capacity.

Take Advantage Of The Test Drive

Don’t be afraid to take the car out for longer than the usual ’round the block trip, especially if it’s a used family car.

People often think they won’t be allowed to drive it for a while but that’s not the case. If you’ve got something at home you want to test it with, for example, if your garage is small and you want to be sure it will fit, ask if you can test drive it home. They will let you. They want to sell you a car.

Consult A Professional Car Technician In Melbourne

Never buy a car without researching. If you can’t choose, consult a professional like German Precision.

We have engaged with many clients for independent, personal car purchase advice. Whilst we are not a CAR BROKER, we have assisted clients with discussions on MAKE/MODEL/YEAR/VERSION of vehicle best suited to their needs, and with low ‘grief’ factors. In some cases, clients, especially repeat clients (and we have many), have asked us to either source a car for them, or assist in the negotiations.

As much as some of us think we’re backyard mechanics, you can’t go past actually getting a used car checked out by a professional to determine whether it is mechanically sound. There’s nothing worse than driving away with your new purchase, only to find that it has an issue that is going to cost you dearly.

And if you want to buy a secondhand car, have a professional inspector like German Precision to do a thorough pre-purchase car inspection in Melbourne to ensure that your dream car is operating properly and not a scam.

If you are looking for the best pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision or Prepurchase Check today!

sources: caradvice.com.au, booths.com.au, carsguide.com.au, stayathomemum.com.au, whichcar.com.au

Things to Consider When Buying a Used Car From Interstate

Buying a car can be a big emotional and financial commitment. But for some people, the option of buying a car from another state or territory may come into play. This could be for a number of reasons—perhaps you’re set on a rare vintage model, or have found your dream car at an affordable price across state lines. If you are considering buying a car interstate, you’ve probably got questions about the practicalities of inspections, transportation and car insurance. So let’s address the things to consider when buying a used car interstate.

Honest and Professional Pre-purchase Car Inspection in Melbourne, VIC

We have been in the automotive industry since 1984, ranging from apprentice, to master technician, workshop foreman, controller, service advisor and service manager, in numerous premium vehicle businesses. We have built a level of loyalty that in the 21st Century is vital. After all, customer service and care is a point of difference.
We hope we are able to help you out with your needs. Our business is also known as Prepurchase Check.

Interstate Car Inspections and Background Checks

You should always check out a car before you purchase it, even if you are buying it new or from a dealer. Doing this remotely might take more effort than showing up (perhaps with a mechanic or a car-wise mate), but it’s not impossible.

If you’re planning a road trip with a copilot to retrieve and drive the car back, you can still do this yourself—just keep potential border closures in mind in light of COVID-19.

Once you’ve done all the obvious online checks into the vehicle you’re looking at—making sure it’s not stolen or encumbered with debt, all of which you can do through the Personal Property Securities Register—you’ll want to take advantage of pre-purchase vehicle inspection service in the state where the car is for sale, like German Precision in Melbourne, Victoria.

Do not be tempted to forgo the cost of one of these inspections—usually between $250 and $300—and buy a vehicle sight unseen. The risk is too high, and the saving versus potential loss equation makes no sense. This professional pre-purchase car inspection will look for things like mechanic and engine faults, issues with the air conditioning, tyres, suspension and general wear and tear, and can road-test the vehicle.

Registration and Insurance

When buying a car from interstate you will need to transfer the registration from the state and the buyer.

By Australian law, interstate dealers must provide you with a 3-month warranty for used cars that:

• have less than 160,000kms
• are under 10 years old
• don’t exceed the luxury car tax threshold.

Generally, this warranty is for 3 months or 5,000kms from the date of sale and will cover things related to roadworthiness, safety and reliability.

Or course, the one concern you might have is getting the dealer to pay for any warranty repairs without a hassle. This is something you will have to think about, and perhaps discuss with the person you make the purchase from.

Roadworthy Certificates

Once you have purchased the vehicle you will need to permanently transfer the registration into your name and state.

To register the car, you will need to have the necessary clearance depending on which state you live in, such as Victoria’s ‘Certificate of Roadworthiness’. These can be awarded by having the car checked over by a Certified Roadworthy Tester. These testers can be found on your state’s transportation authority website.

Roadworthy laws change between states so ensure you contact your state’s relevant transport authority to ensure you have the correct and relevant information for you.

Consider The Cost Of Getting The Car Home

You want to get the car to you as soon as possible so that you can start making use of your new wheels. However, if you have not calculated the costs of getting the car to you, you might find yourself with an out of the pocket expense. The cost of getting the vehicle to you will differ on how far it is and whether you decide to pick it up yourself or you choose to use a long-haul drive or have it shipped. You can compare your options to find the best one that will help you manage the costs.

If you are driving the car back then you may need to secure a temporary registration, called an ‘Unregistered Vehicle Permit’. These can be applied for at the state transport authority and are a once-off for transport purposes, ensuring you have CTP insurance whilst transferring the vehicle to your home state.

Consider The Fuel Costs As Well

Getting the car to you costs fuel, meaning you will need to consider the options that are fuel-efficient and will not cost you more when transporting your car. Keep in mind that if you plan to pick the car up yourself the average car burns 7.7 to 11.9 litres of fuel per 100kms, which can end up costing you anything between $150 – $200 or more. You will also have to factor in food and some possible accommodation costs too.

If you are looking for a professional pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision or Prepurchase Check today!

sources: mozo.com.au, mogo.com.au, savvy.com.au, quickrevs.com.au

You Should Never Buy A Written-Off Vehicle

Buying a new car typically isn’t cheap, which is why so many Australians turn to used vehicles for their next car purchase. A used car often means a much lower price without sacrificing much on quality. Used cars can come in conditions that range from “like-new” to “repairable write-off”, meaning there’s a lot of choices for you. However, there are reasons why you should never buy a written-off vehicle.

We have been in the automotive industry since 1984, ranging from apprentice to master technician, workshop foreman, controller, service advisor and service manager, in numerous premium vehicle businesses. We have built a level of loyalty that in the 21st Century is vital. After all, customer service and care is a point of difference.

We hope we are able to help you out with your needs. Our business is also known as Prepurchase Check.


What Is A Written-off Vehicle?

There are a few scenarios that can deem a vehicle as a repairable write-off. This doesn’t automatically mean that the car has been damaged in a severe accident. Insurance companies can deem a vehicle an economic write-off when it has had severe hail damage after a storm or severe scratches and dents from a car being vandalised or stolen.

In addition, flood, fire and collision damage that is so severe that the cost of repairs is more than the value of the car are all common ways that a vehicle is deemed a repairable write-off.

There are two categories when it comes to written-off vehicles:

• Repairable write-offs — These are vehicles that have been assessed as being too costly to repair, but subject to state laws may be re-registered for road use if they have passed a vehicle safety and identity check.
• Statutory write-offs — These are vehicles that have been declared unfit for the road due to severe damage or deterioration that prevents them from being driven.

The standard of repairs required varies for different states. In Victoria, there are stringent standards, which include repairing with genuine manufacturers parts and standards and getting a Certificate of Compliance by a licensed repairer.

Older cars have lower values, meaning minor damage can often cost more than the total value of the car. This is another great way to get an inexpensive vehicle without damage that would impact the safety and reliability of the vehicle.

Can You Resell A Repairable Write-off?

If you purchase a repairable write-off you do have options. Unlike statutory write-offs, repairable write-offs can be sold although they generally fetch lower prices. As long as the vehicle can pass a mechanical check and a Vehicle Identity Validation (VIV) inspection, which certifies it as a previously damaged vehicle and not a rebirthed stolen vehicle, it can be registered and sold.

There are other restrictions when it comes to fixing, selling or re-registering repairable write-offs, so you should check with the relevant authorities in your state or territory.

Do Your Checks Before Purchasing The Vehicle

Always ask if a vehicle’s ever been written off, and keep a written record of the seller’s answer. You should ask if the vehicle is a written-off. However, the seller is legally obliged to disclose to the buyer if the car is written-off, whether the buyer inquires or not.

We also strongly recommend that you check the rego and do a Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) check before buying any vehicle.

A PPSR check will tell you if the vehicle’s on the Written-Off Vehicles Register (WOVR), and if there’s any money owing on it. If you buy a car and realise later that it’s stolen, or there’s money owing on it, you might lose the vehicle and the money you paid for it.

Potential Risks Of Buying A Repairable Write-off

There are many things to consider when buying a vehicle that’s declared a repairable write-off. If you see a car for sale that’s significantly cheaper than the competition, there’s every chance it could have been written-off at some point in its life.

While a write-off can happen due to a crash, it is also commonly due to flood or hail. Most repairable write-offs cars are damaged beyond reasonable simple repair and are not a good investment as a primary vehicle. Some cons of purchasing a salvage include the following:

• Damages cost more than the vehicle’s value
• Often unable to test the vehicle before auction
• You may now know what you’re getting into
• High chance of financial loss
• It may be ultimately more difficult to sell as buyers perceive may be a poor quality repair
• Little to no resale value as buyers do not understand standards required for repair
• Safety concerns.

Even if a car has been repaired professionally, it’s almost never going to be as good as it was when new or when compared to its compatriots for sale online. Risks can include less structural rigidity or integrity, ongoing problems in the case of a flooded car, paint erosion and rust problems due to hail and more.

A statutory write-off should not be sold under any circumstances. Also, be aware of repairable write-offs from NSW being shipped off and sold up interstate. Chances are by saving a few dollars more or even at the same price, there will be a secondhand model of the same car that hasn’t been written-off. It’s handy to shop around and not jump at the first good deal you see. That good deal might not be so great after all.

It’s also worth noting that insurance companies know when a vehicle has been written off—even if it has been deemed a repairable write-off—because the VIN is listed on the WOVR.

A repairable write-off could be subject to a slightly higher insurance premium, because it has suffered previous damage which could lead to more costly repairs at a later date if the car is involved in another accident.

Hire A Professional Car Technician In Melbourne

We have engaged with many clients for independent, personal car purchase advice. Whilst we are not a CAR BROKER, we have assisted clients with discussions on MAKE/MODEL/YEAR/VERSION of vehicle best suited to their needs, and with low ‘grief’ factors. In some cases, clients, especially repeat clients (and we have many), have asked us to either source a car for them, or assist in the negotiations.

As much as some of us think we’re backyard mechanics, you can’t go past actually getting a used car checked out by a professional to determine whether it is mechanically sound. There’s nothing worse than driving away with your new purchase, only to find that it has an issue that is going to cost you dearly.

And if you want to buy a secondhand car, have a professional inspector like German Precision do a thorough pre-purchase car inspection in Melbourne to ensure that your dream car is operating properly and not a scam.

If you are looking for the best pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision or Prepurchase Check today!

sources: vicroads.vic.gov.au, mynextcarbuyingadvocacy.com.au, ppsr.com.au, savings.com.au, motorama.com.au

Odometer Fraud: Beware Of These Odometer Tampering Signs

Buying a used vehicle is a smart way to save money. However, a second-hand car can come with hidden dangers. Most people assume a vehicle’s odometer will display every kilometre it has ever travelled, unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

Scammers are everywhere online. If you’re in the used car market, you may fall prey to odometer fraud; where a seller purposely winds back a car’s odometer to make it appear newer than it really is. This means they can sell the car for a higher than the normal price. So how do you know if the odometer of that used car you have your eye on has not been tampered with? Is the car really as good of a deal as it sounds? Read this article and beware of these odometer tampering signs.

Honest and Professional Pre-purchase Car Inspection in Melbourne, VIC

We have been in the automotive industry since 1984, ranging from apprentice to master technician, workshop foreman, controller, service advisor and service manager, in numerous premium vehicle businesses. We have built a level of loyalty that in the 21st Century is vital. After all, customer service and care is a point of difference.
We hope we are able to help you out with your needs. Our business is also known as Prepurchase Check.

Most people assume an odometer is a true account of kilometres travelled—unfortunately, scammers can tamper and change digital and analogue odometers. The practice is most common in South Australia and Tasmania. Second-hand Japanese imports are also popular targets for odometer fraud.

How Does An Odometer Work?

Most odometers work by counting the rotation of the wheel on a car. A sensor transmits this data to a computer that calculates the distance travelled based on the specified tyre circumference for that vehicle.

Given these specifications, if you were to change the wheel and tyre on a vehicle the odometer reading will be affected, so the sizing should remain the same.

What Is Odometer Fraud?

Odometer fraud is when a person illegally rewinds or tampers with a vehicle’s odometer to deceive potential buyers, making it look like the car has travelled fewer kilometres. This enables them to sell the car for a higher price. Odometers can be illegally disconnected and replaced, and the numbers can be digitally or mechanically altered.

How Scammers Tamper The Odometers

In the old days, it was called ‘winding back’ the odometer. Fraudsters would physically pull the odometer out of the vehicle and manually wind the display backwards.

Nowadays, they can still physically alter, change or reset the numbers but some will also disconnect the odometer, continue to drive the vehicle and then hook the odometer back up when it comes time to sell.

Alternatively, they can replace the original odometer using an odometer from another vehicle.

Odometers can be legally removed or replaced, but the action has to be registered and approved by government authorities.

How To Spot Odometer Fraud

If this is your first car purchase, do some research to figure out the value of a particular make and model of a vehicle from a certain year. And if you’re not sure where to start with that, check out our guide for determining how much your car is worth. So when you’re shopping for used cars, make sure that the price, condition and mileage seem at least reasonable.

#1: Check Its History

First of all, take a look at the vehicle’s service book and manual. These books should contain vehicle information, such as the make and model, VIN, engine number, and colour. Check in the engine bay to make sure that the VIN and engine numbers match the service books and manual.

When you know that the number match up, check out the service history and—in particular—the odometer readings at each service. These readings should be sequential with realistic readings given the time interval between services.

#2: Check The Vehicle’s Overall Condition

An obvious method to look for odometer rollback is to evaluate the general condition of a vehicle. A car that’s only travelled 80,000kms is unlikely to have cracked leather seats, a faded dash, and holes in the floor carpet. You can pick up some indications through a walk-around.

However, keep in mind that a vehicle with a genuinely low odometer reading could still be in poor condition if it has been subjected to hard use.

You can also search for an oil change and maintenance stickers on windows or door frames, in the glove box or under the hood.

#3: Are There Any Wear And Tear That Is Inconsistent With The Odometer Reading?

Places that often show wear are the pedals (accelerator, brake, and clutch if a manual), seat belts, and sometimes the door rubbers. The seller can use paint to cover up cracks and make the dashes look ‘new’; however, the pedals and seat belts are harder to change. Every time someone drives the car, they use these items. So they usually reflect the true age of a vehicle.

Check that the numbers on the odometer gauge are aligned correctly. If they’re crooked, contain gaps or jiggle when you bang on the dash with your hand, walk away from the purchase.

#4: Check Out The Odometer Itself

Take a torch with you when inspecting a vehicle and use it to closely examine the cluster where the odometer is housed. Sometimes odometer rollback simply means replacing the entire cluster rather than tampering with the reading. You can often identify a replaced cluster with scratch marks on or around the cluster, and particularly on the screws that hold the cluster in place. Also, have a look for fingerprints or dust on the inside of the cluster.

Where Does That Leave You?

Buying a car with an odometer rollback can cause you a headache in the long run. It devalues the vehicle and can make it hard for you to on-sell.

If the odometer has been wound back you could end up with mechanical issues much sooner than you anticipated. Because you don’t know exactly how many kilometres the vehicle has travelled, the transmission and engine could be much older than you think. You might have to replace big-ticket items sooner than expected. It can leave you out of pocket in the long run—whether or not you got a bargain when purchasing the vehicle initially.

The only real way to figure out if an odometer has been tampered with is by having it appraised by a third-party assessor or independent mechanic. If your seller insists such measures aren’t necessary, this may tip you off right away!

Hire A Professional Car Technician In Melbourne

If you are looking to buy a used car in Melbourne that has low kilometres for its age, have a professional carry out a pre-purchase inspection. Especially if something doesn’t seem right, ask for their opinion on the odometer reading.

We have engaged with many clients for independent, personal car purchase advice. Whilst we are not a CAR BROKER, we have assisted clients with discussions on MAKE/MODEL/YEAR/VERSION of vehicle best suited to their needs, and with low ‘grief’ factors. In some cases, clients, especially repeat clients (and we have many), have asked us to either source a car for them, or assist in the negotiations.

As much as some of us think we’re backyard mechanics, you can’t go past actually getting a used car checked out by a professional to determine whether it is mechanically sound. There’s nothing worse than driving away with your new purchase, only to find that it has an issue that is going to cost you dearly.

And if you want to buy a secondhand car, have a professional inspector like German Precision to do a thorough pre-purchase car inspection in Melbourne to ensure that your dream car is operating properly and not a scam.

If you are looking for the best pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision or Prepurchase Check today!

sources: savvy.com.au, carhistory.com.au, autoguru.com.au, e-motor.com.au

Why Buying A Used Car Is Better Than Buying A New Car

When it comes time to buy a car, you have a variety of choices available to you. Not only do you need to pick the make and model of your car, but you also need to decide if you want to buy a new or used car. This is an important decision and it can make a big difference in your finances over the next several years. Read this article to know why buying a used car is better than buying a new car.

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No Depreciation For You

The biggest advantage of buying a used car is that you let someone else take the biggest depreciation hit on the car. You may be able to sell your car for nearly the same amount you paid for it in the next few years.

When you buy a used car, it is easier to save up and pay cash. You can also review the Consumer Reports and choose a model that has been performing well.

Used Cars Are Cheaper

Shiny, brand new cars usually come with a big price tag. If saving money is a factor in your decision making, you can save thousands on a used car. This is by far the main benefit of buying used.

Can Transfer The Original Warranty

If you’re looking at cars ten years or older, this will not apply to you. However, in today’s market, a lot of new cars come with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty.

If you’re looking at a three-year-old used car that still has its original warranty, you can transfer this into your name, and protect yourself in case of unexpected breakdowns.

You Can Get Cheaper Features On Used Cars

The oldest trick in the dealer’s book is to install additional dealer options. They’ll add a pinstripe, a protective film, or the immortal “anti-rust coating,” but new car buyers who want these add-ons can easily get them for a much lower cost from an after-market installer. Regardless, these changes don’t add a dime to the car’s resale value anyway. When you buy used, you may not get every feature you want, but you certainly won’t end up paying extra for things you didn’t ask for.

On the other hand, when you search for specific car features that you do want in a used car, like a sunroof or navigation system, you’ll pay far less than the original owner did. Instead of needing to decline a dealer’s expensive navigation package with fees and surcharges, you’ll be able to afford the built-in features.

Your Dealership Checks And Repairs The Car

Buying a lemon is a huge concern when it comes to used cars. There are a few red flags that you should avoid when hunting for your dream car.

Unless, of course, you’re shopping at Dodgy Bros, you should always go to an honest car dealership.

Car Dealership, reputable used car dealers would have checked and performed necessary repairs or maintenance to the car when it originally came in.

Check that this has occurred before driving away, as this will give you a sense of security and peace of mind.

What Else To Consider About Used Cars

Buying a car is a highly personal decision, and there are several factors that need to be considered before deciding. However, when it comes to the new vs. used car debate—don’t rule out a three to a four-year-old used car.

Consider thoroughly researching what models meet your wants and needs, and budget what you may be able to afford.

If this is something you or your family can afford, you will be able to take advantage of a discounted price, while knowing that the car will be new enough that you (hopefully) won’t be driving away with a lemon. Further, if the car still has its original warranty, you’ll be able to transfer this to yourself and enjoy added peace of mind.

What Should I Be Aware Of?

The biggest downside of buying a used car is that you cannot be guaranteed its history. You can piece together a pretty good idea through service logs, condition and running a vehicle history check, and even seeing the Roadworthy Certificate—but you will never know each and every quick of the car before your time.

Pre-purchase Car Inspection

As much as some of us think we’re backyard mechanics, you can’t go past actually getting a used car checked out by a professional to determine whether it is mechanically sound. There’s nothing worse than driving away with your new purchase, only to find that it has an issue that is going to cost you dearly.

Have a professional inspector like German Precision to do a thorough pre-purchase car inspection in Melbourne to ensure that your dream car is operating properly and not a scam.

If you are looking for the best pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision or Prepurchase Check today!

sources: ratecity.com.au, roadloans.com, thebalance.com, carsguide.com.au, moneycrashers.com

Things to Do After Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car is a great way to save money and take advantage of depreciation. If you’ve been careful about car selling red flags, you might’ve just gotten a great deal on a used car. Excellent! But then what? What are the things to do after buying a used car?

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Transfer The Registration

When a used car changes hands, the registration has to be transferred from the seller to the buyer. It’s the buyer’s responsibility to transfer the registration.

The printed form is found on the reverse of the vehicle registration certificate. You must pay a transfer fee as well as stamp duty on the sale price or market value on the price you paid for it, whichever is higher. Go to VicRoads’ Transfer & Motor Vehicle Duty Fees to find out.

The seller will complete the disposal notice on the reverse of the registration certificate and submit it to the VicRoads, also done online—within 14 days. This provides proof to the VicRoads that you’re no longer the owner in the event the new owner receives a traffic infringement notice.

Get Your Vehicle Insured

Once you have the title in hand, more paperwork is required to file before you can hit the road in your new wheels. Most states require you to secure insurance for the vehicle before you can register it and get license plates.

If you go through a dealer, chances are they will walk you through these steps—and in some cases even file the paperwork on your behalf. If you bought your vehicle from a private seller, your first call should be to an insurance company to set up a policy and get your proof of insurance sent to you.

Sell Your Old Car

Selling your old ride is not difficult. In fact, if you trade it in, there’s nothing to it. However, you might wish to get more for your car by selling it yourself. Just make sure that you know what to do before selling your old car.

Clean Your Car

When we say clean it, we mean it.

Take an afternoon to wipe down everything. Vacuum, polish, take it through the car wash, and anything else that makes your ride look presentable. Have it looks good not only to your friends but yourself as well. Plus, who knows of the filth that lays under the seat and on the carpet.

Especially during a pandemic like this. Keeping your car clean during COVID-19 is very important.

Buy a couple of air fresheners too. This is probably the cheapest and easiest thing to do with your car.

Get Your Car Inspected

The last thing to do after buying a used car is to get a professional to do a vehicle safety inspection.

If you have time before the purchase though, have a professional inspector like German Precision to do a thorough pre-purchase car inspection in Melbourne to ensure that your dream car is operating properly and not a scam.

If you are looking for a professional pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision or Prepurchase Check today!

sources: tocowarranty.com, mynrma.com.au, drivetribe.com

Factors To Consider When Buying A Used Car

When it comes to buying a used car, you want to make sure you get the right car, for the right price. Used cars, by definition, are not new, they have a history, and it’s a series of historical information that makeup what the car is now. There are important factors to consider when buying a new-to-you car.

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The Car’s Age

One of the first things you need to consider is the car’s age. The term ‘used’ simply means ‘not new’ so you can find cars ranging from six months to sixty years or more, falling into this category. Your first consideration is to really decide how old is too old for you. Cars of a certain age don’t come with certain luxuries or safety features that we have come to expect in new cars – can you live without them?

Lifestyle

It’s important to buy a car that suits your lifestyle now and in the future. A minivan could be a better choice than a compact sedan for a woman who has one child now but plans to have more in the future. Similarly, a commuter who drives more than 100 kilometres per day will be best served by a small SUV rather than a full-size SUV. Finding your balance and deciding on the best choice for your lifestyle is conceivably the most important aspect to consider in your used car search.

Value And Cost Of Ownership

Finding a vehicle that retains its worth well over time is the next step in ensuring continued money savings down the road. The old adage, “A car loses value the second it is driven off the lot,” may have been true in the past. In today’s market, it is becoming increasingly false. Vehicles are thoroughly researched by trusted outlets such as Kelley Blue Book (KBB.com) to find out how they hold their value over time and also rate vehicles based on their 5-year cost of ownership. By utilising this helpful data, drivers are saving more money than ever before on their used car purchase.

Test Driving The Car

Spending time with the vehicle will give you an idea of how comfortable it is to drive and if everything is working smoothly. Ask the seller if you can test drive the car on different road surfaces such as flat roads, uphill, highways and areas with sharp cornering.

The Previous Owners

Some people treat their car with the utmost respect, keeping it clean, driving it nicely and servicing it on time. Others see their car as a dumping ground that gets them from A to B or they race around with little regard for their poor car’s engine or exterior!

The number of owners a car has had is important to consider when buying a used car. The more owners a car has had, the more likely it has had at least one of the latter driver type. So, try to choose a used car that has had few owners. There’s more chance that it has been well looked after.

Warranty

Buying a used vehicle with a solid warranty will not only save you money on future unknown repairs, but it can also be a shield to protect your money. Whether it is a factory warranty or an extended warranty offered by the dealership, this added protection can go a long way when it comes to saving your wallet.

Pre-purchase Car Inspection

As much as some of us think we’re backyard mechanics, you can’t go past actually getting a used car checked out by a professional to determine whether it is mechanically sound. There’s nothing worse than driving away with your new purchase, only to find that it has an issue that is going to cost you dearly.

Have a professional inspector like German Precision to do a thorough pre-purchase car inspection in Melbourne to ensure that your dream car is operating properly and not a scam.

It is worth taking your time when buying a second-hand car as you don’t want any surprises after you buy it.

If you are looking for a professional pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision or Prepurchase Check today!

sources: chevroletofnaperville.com, pacifictoyota.com.au, loans.com.au

Does Your Used Car Have a Warranty?

So you’re in the market for a used car. You might have heaps of questions, including whether you should buy from a licensed dealer or a private seller. There are certainly advantages and drawbacks to each seller. But the first question you should probably have is does your used car have a warranty?On one hand, you can save money by buying from a private party and you can avoid pushy salespeople. On the other hand, buying from a licensed dealer grants you certain guarantees and warranties.

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Statutory Warranty

In certain circumstances, you are entitled to a warranty at no extra cost when you buy a used vehicle from a licensed:

• motor dealer
• chattel auctioneer.

When you buy a car from those places, you may be able to get a statutory warranty at no cost to you. This warranty protects you from financial loss if your vehicle is faulty.

A licensed motor car trader must provide a statutory warranty if the car:

• is less than 10 years old, and
• has travelled less than 160,000 kilometres.

Note: the car’s age is determined by the date stamped on its build plate, usually found on the firewall between the engine and passenger compartments.

What Your Used Car Warranty Covers

A statutory warranty will cover most part defects whether they stop working properly or altogether. However, a statutory warranty does not cover defects relating to:

• any item listed on a defect notice with a reasonable estimate of how much it will cost to repair
• accidental damage that occurred after delivery of the vehicle
• damage caused by misuse or negligence by a driver after delivery of the vehicle.

A statutory warranty also does not cover defects occurring in:

• tyres
• batteries
• radios, cassette players, CD players, MP3 and MP4 players, and docks
• DVD players and video display panels
• telephone and in-car telephone kits
• global positioning systems (GPS), satellite navigation systems and other computerised navigation systems
• power outlets, including cigarette lighter sockets
• cigarette lighters
• car aerials
• non-standard alarms
• clocks
• non-standard body hardware
• non-standard keyless entry systems and remote keypads
• tools other than jacks and wheel braces
• light globes, sealed beam lights and non-standard fog lights
• keyless entry systems and remote keypads that are not standard to the car.

How Long A Statutory Warranty Lasts

A statutory warranty lasts for three months or 5000 kilometres after purchase, whichever occurs first.

The trader must repair any faults covered during the warranty period in order to ensure the car is in a reasonable condition for its age.

Note: even after the statutory warranty expires, you still have rights under the Australian Consumer Law that you can rely on if there is a problem with your car. However, the level of protection will depend on things such as the car’s age and condition. For more information, view Consumer Affairs Victoria’s Consumer guarantees page.

Transfer Of Statutory Warranty

A licensed motor car trader provides a statutory warranty only as part of the contract. Therefore, if you sell your car privately before the three months or 5,000 kilometres have passed, the warranty does not transfer to the new owner.

Claims And Repairs

If you have a part not listed above that needs a repair or replacement, you will need to notify the warrantor with a written notice, who has 5 days to tell you whether the defects are covered.

If the warrantor does not respond in writing within 5 days, they are taken to have accepted that:

• the statutory warranty does cover the defects
• they will be responsible for repairing your vehicle.

For repairs, you’ll need to take the car either to the warrantor or an authorised repair shop. The shop will then have 14 days to repair the vehicle.

Each day your car is in the shop, it adds an extra day to your warranty term.

The authorised repairer should be less than 20km from the warrantor’s place of business. They may only use a more distant repairer if you agree to it.

If your vehicle is more than 200km from the warrantor’s place of business, they may choose to:

• nominate the nearest qualified repairer
• pay delivery costs if they decide to use another repairer.

Hire The Best Pre-purchase Car Inspector in Melbourne, VIC

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sources: consumer.vic.gov.au, autoking.com.au, warrantyandinsurance.com.au

Car Tyres: When Should I Replace My Tyres?

Few things are more critical to the safety and performance of a car than its tyres. Simply put, a car cannot be safe if its tyres are in poor condition. Unfortunately, like everything else, tyres suffer from wear. And the amount of wear proportionally affects the way a car behaves on the road. So when should I replace my car tyres?

As the only components in constant touch with the road surface, the tyres contribute not only to safe handling and braking but also to the comfort and overall running costs of a car. Hopefully, all car owners and operators know the best time to replace a worn or ageing tyre. The indicators are generally simple and involve little more than a visual check.

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How Long Does a Tyre Last?

First of all, know how long car tyres last. A few milestones and tips:

1. Keep five years in mind

After five years or more in use, your tyres should be thoroughly inspected at least once per year by a professional.

2. Ten years is a maximum

If the tyres haven’t been replaced 10 years after their date of manufacture, as a precaution, Michelin recommends replacing them with new tyres. Even if they appear to be in a usable condition and have not been worn down to the tread wear indicator. This applies to spare tyres as well.

3. Proper care expands a tyre’s lifespan

If you take good care of your tyres’ air pressure, tread wear, alignment and so on, you can increase their longevity.

Don’t forget to check your owner’s manual to find out what your car maker recommends.

So how do you know when you should replace those old tyres?

Check The Tread Depth

Tyre treads are there for one reason: To assist grip on wet surfaces by clearing the water under the tyre and allowing contact with the road. The less tread, the more compromised the wet-surface grip.

All tyres have tread wear indicators (TWIs) comprising small blocks of rubber within the tread at certain points around the tyre. As the tyre wears, these blocks get closer and eventually become flush with the surface of the tyre.

Once that happens, the tyre is officially unroadworthy because by this time only 1.6mm of tread is left. The recommendation is that the tyre should be replaced once the tread depth is down to around 2mm.

The easiest way of ascertaining how much life is left in the tyre is by using a tread depth indicator. Often tyre retailers offer these for free; otherwise, they’re a small-cost item from a car part retailer.

Car tyres tread wear indicators
The minimum legal tread depth is 1.5 mm across the width of the tread.

When the tyre is worn to the legal limit the bars will be flush with the surface of the tread.

While that is the legal requirement, some car manufacturers recommend you to replace your tyres before they wear to that extent.

Check Your Tyres Age

If your tyres are older than 5 years, it is also suggested to replace them even if they appear to be in great condition and haven’t been worn down to the tread wear indicator. This is because rubber deteriorates over time. This also applies to your spare tyre. Just because it hasn’t been used regularly or even at all, does not mean it is in great condition. Spare tyres need to be replaced every 6 to 8 years due to the degrading of the rubber.

Are Your Tyres Damaged?

Take a quick look at your tyres. This can be an obvious reason to replace your tyres. Can you detect any damage such as a cut, nails or chunks missing? If so, then it’s time to get the tyre replaced as these damages can make your tyres unsafe. Keep an eye out for cracks on the tyres too. These cracks are caused by too much exposure to sunlight.

Now you know when to change your tyres, but how about maintaining them? Here are some handy hints on how you can extend the life of your tyres by keeping them in good condition to get the most possible use out of them.

Have Your Tyres Inflated Correctly

Maintaining the correct inflation pressure is one of the most important things you can do to look after your tyres. There are 2 reasons why your tyre pressure is so critical:

• Underinflation
• Overinflation

If your tyres are under-inflated, they will wear out on the outer edges quicker than normal. The wearing of the edges can increase braking distance and increase fuel use.

Overinflation will result in wear on the middle of the tread instead of the outer edges. This can cause issues with cornering ability, steering and braking.

The correct pressure for your vehicle can be found on the card attached to the car body, which is generally on the driver’s door pillar. Your tyre pressure should be checked every month, before a long journey and before you plan on towing as it will need to sit higher. The recommended inflation pressure is shown on a placard attached to the body—usually on the driver’s door pillar—and also in the owner’s manual.

Rotate Your Tyres

Tyres wear at different rates depending on their position on the car. On a rear-wheel-drive car, the rear tyres wear faster than the front tyres. On a front-drive car, it’s the front tyres that wear the fastest.

Rotating the tyres around the car can even out the wear on all tyres. That way they should all need replacement at the same time.

If you do rotate your tyres, do it regularly at 5000km intervals. That way, the disparity between those that are wearing the fastest and those wearing the slowest is minimised.

When rotating your tyres you can also include the spare.

Should I Replace The Spare Tyre?

The spare is almost always forgotten, left to sit in the dark in the boot of our car until needed in an emergency.

A forgotten spare tyre in your boot
In an emergency, you can still use spare tyres that are six years or older. But a tyre that is 10 years old should be replaced.

Hire The Best Pre-purchase Car Inspector in Melbourne, VIC

Have a professional inspector like German Precision do a thorough pre-purchase car inspection in Melbourne to ensure that your dream car is operating properly and not a scam.

If you are looking for a professional pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision or Prepurchase Check today!

sources: carsguide.com.au, motoring.com.au, michelin.com.au, westsideauto.com.au