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Think of it as a full medical checkup for cars - a car evaluation is an extremely useful service for potential car buyers to assess the used car they are eyeing.
Category: Car Buying Advice
Buying a car is typically a sizeable investment, and with any investment, there are risks involved. So what would a smart car buyer do? Well, like a smart investor, he would work towards minimising the risks involved with extensive research on the car he intends to purchase.
This sounds simple if you are someone that knows the ins and outs of cars, but what if you don't? Here's where a car evaluation comes in handy.
Is that the thing where you bring your car to STA or VICOM?
Well, yes and no. If you are thinking of the vehicle inspections mandated by the Land transport Authority (LTA), then nope.
Car evaluation is a different service that can also be found in vehicle inspection centres such as STA and VICOM. Unlike the vehicle inspections which are performed to ensure road worthiness and compliance with LTA's emissions standards and regulations, a car evaluation is a comprehensive check on the condition of a used car before you buy it.
Is there really a need to spend the extra money?
Unlike buying a brand new car, used cars don't usually come with a warranty. The fact that it is used also means there could be wear and tear components that require repairs. There's also the slight chance that the used car for sale that you are eyeing is actually hiding a severe accident in the past.
Unless you enjoy the hassle (nobody does) of dealing with a lemon, frequenting workshops to repair your new, used car, you surely wouldn't want to end up buying a car riddled with issues.
Without intrinsic knowledge on cars, chances of us missing all the tell-tale signs and ending up with a lemon is high. By opting to have the used car evaluated by a trusted inspection centre or workshop, you can likely avoid the pitfalls of a lemon car at a low cost.