How To Buy A Used Car From Direct Owners In Singapore?

Where to begin?

According to statistics from Budget Direct, despite the government’s policies to reduce the number of cars, there are nearly one million vehicles on Singapore’s roads. More than 600,000 of those are private and rental cars, including cars used by ride-hailing services such as Grab. For a smaller amount you can buy a used car of a more popular model. However, you must understand that this kind of transaction has its pitfalls. In this article, we will describe the procedure for buying a used car.


  • Step 1. Choose a car
  • Step 2. Look for options
  • Step 3. Communicate with the seller
  • Step 4. Check the technical condition
  • Step 5. Agree on the price
  • Step 6. Draw up documents
  • Step 7. What to do after buying a car

Step 1. Choose a used car

So, you decide to become the owner of a used car. The first thing any buyer should do is decide for what purpose an “iron friend” will be used:

  • Hatchback – An ideal car for trips around the city;
  • Sedan – A car for those who often drive out of town;
  • Station wagon – An excellent option for transportation of overall things in the trunk;
  • Sports – The type of car that is both stylish and cheap;
  • MPV – For owners who have a bigger family;
  • SUV – For people who likes spacious and affordable at the same time;
  • Luxury – For those who loves luxurious feel and have cash to spare.

Also, when buying, it is important to consider other characteristics, for example, the type of drive. The most relevant today are cars with front-wheel drive. They are easy to operate and are much cheaper than cars with rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive is suitable for lovers of high speeds, in addition, RWD gives you the ability to control the car with unwanted drifts.

Four-wheel drive – ideal for off-road. Four-wheel drive vehicles are considered the most stable on the road, but they differ in cost in a big way.

It is necessary to pay attention to the type of transmission: “mechanics” or “automatic”. Despite the fact that the manual transmission will cost the car enthusiast a little cheaper, it will give much more advantages, for example, the possibility of saving fuel. However, the automatic transmission is easier to drive and ideal for the fair half of drivers.

Another important point is engine power. The most powerful engine options allow you to load the car to a greater extent.

Step 2. Look for options

If you have decided on the characteristics and make of the used car you want to buy from hand, it is time to move on to the next step – the search for possible options. The 21st century gave us a great opportunity not to get up at 4 in the morning to go to another city in the car market. At the moment, the selection procedure has been simplified thanks to the World Wide Web. There are many sites on which a huge selection of used cars is presented.

In addition, there are a huge number of forums where car enthusiasts discuss the brands of certain cars. You can also read reviews about “iron horses” on websites, while highlighting all the advantages and disadvantages of the selected model. Now we move on to the next step – calling the seller and checking the vehicle.

Step 3. Communicate with the seller

A conversation with the owner of a used car is best done in a positive way. So a person will be more disposed to a detailed story about his “iron friend”. What questions should be asked from the owner:

  • The logcard of the car?
  • What is the mileage by car?
  • Have accidents occurred, what are the consequences?
  • Are there any burdens on the car?
  • Has the vehicle been serviced by an authorized dealer?
  • When is road tax expiring?

Carefully ask the seller about what investments will be required if you decide to buy a used car. Most sellers try to hide the need for a major overhaul of the car, but there is a possibility that you can find out the truth about how much finance you need to invest in a used car after purchase.

Step 4. Check the technical condition of the used car

If you decide to buy a used car, then you should understand that checking the technical condition is the most important stage. The amount that you then invest in your “iron horse” depends on it. It is important to prepare for the inspection of the car.

When inspecting a car with a run from the owner, the following procedure must be observed:

  • Inspect the vehicle from all sides;
  • Ask the owner to show those flaws that were discussed during a telephone conversation;
  • Ask to start the car, track the color of the exhaust;
  • Pay attention to tire wear;
  • Check interior condition of the car for wear and tear.

It is important to check for signs of corrosion. Next, check the thickness of the paintwork. Do not be afraid to ask the seller everything that interests you. Find out why the car was painted, if doors, hood and other elements were replaced.

Step 5. Agree on the price

For most people who want to buy a used car, the fundamental factor for making a positive decision is price. Bargaining with the seller before buying is not only possible, but also necessary. After all, both the buyer and the owner of the used car are interested in this transaction. The goal of the first is to buy as cheaply as possible, the goal of the second is to sell as expensive as possible.

In order for the bargain to be successful, in a conversation about the price of a used car, focus on the following points:

  • The presence of malfunctions that will require repair after purchase;
  • Internal flaws, such as a dirty interior, upholstery defects, etc.

Remember that even the lack of a second set of keys from the owner of a used car can be a reason to reduce the price when buying.

Step 6. Draw up the documents

If the price of the vehicle suits you and you decide to buy a used car, you can safely proceed to the paperwork.

Today, the procedure for processing documents for a car purchased from private hands has become much simpler than it was 10 years ago. Now the seller and the buyer enough to conclude a contract of sale.

Step 7. What to do after buying a car

Buying a car took place, and you became the happy owner of the coveted “iron horse”. Now you need to perform several procedures available in any car service:

  • Change engine oil;
  • Drain the brake fluid and fill in a new one;
  • Balance the wheels;
  • Change the timing belt;
  • Replace air filters.

These procedures will require certain costs from you. However, it should be borne in mind that, having carried out a number of the above activities, you will use the purchased car longer. These options are optional, so get your car checked by car workshops in Singapore.

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