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Because of the lower price, most of Nigerians come to used car lot to find their first or next rides. However, reliability should seriously be taken into consideration.
If you’re purchasing an over-ten-year-old vehicle, in the subsequent 3 years, you face an over 80% chance of electrical or mechanical malfunctions. Therefore, despite buying a used car as an instant financial solution, think about what you'll have to pay for repairs and maintenance in the long run.
Think about what you'll have to pay for repairs and maintenance in the long run
Check out 14 most common problems with used cars on Naijauto.com.
1. Damaged or flat tires and wheels
Harsh and impacts conditions can do damage to the sidewalls or wheel rims. Wheel misalignment is also a sign of wearing of irregular tires.
Harsh and impacts conditions can do damage to the sidewalls or wheel rims
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2. Electrical problems
Since modern vehicles come replete with a wide array of technologies, electrical breakdown is one of the biggest problems encountered in second-hand cars.
When the number of kilometers increases on the odometer, clutches might experience slipping or burning out problems.
When the number of kilometers increases on the odometer, clutches might experience slipping or burning out problems
4. Faulty battery
Usually, batteries lose their power after 3 – 5 years. Hence, it is highly recommended to change batteries if you’ve bought a used model.
It is highly recommended to change batteries if you’ve bought a used model
5. Defective starter motor
The starter motor is fairly sensitive and the springs may not work properly due to corrosion.
The springs of starter motor may not work properly due to corrosion
6. Fuel problems
Malfunctioning injectors, leaking pipes and busted pumps are some of common fuel problems on used cars.
Malfunctioning injectors can easily be found in used cars
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A fully-functioning brakes system is always of paramount importance for all vehicles. Sadly, used models usually come with failed brakes.
Used models usually come with failed brakes
The conventional alternator is absolutely not a problem for hybrids and electric cars, but it is in used machines.
The conventional alternator is a problem for second-hand machines
9. Cylinder head gasket
Coolant leaks and white smoke are typical symptoms of a malfunctioning cylinder head gasket.
Coolant leaks and white smoke are typical symptoms of a malfunctioning cylinder head gasket
10. A/C condenser
A/C is a must-have item in hot days. However, a second-hand vehicle usually has a broken A/C condenser that you need to replace by a new one.
A second-hand vehicle usually has a broken A/C condenser
12. Window motor/regulator
You do not have to wind your windows down by hand in newer models, yet even modern motors can burn out. Thus, fixes are needed on some used models.
Even modern window motors can burn out
13. Spark plugs
Spark plugs, as part of ignition system, are among the busiest components in a car which should be changed after every 10,000 miles. If you bring home a used car, it’s suggested to have them replaced.
If you bring home a used car, it’s suggested to have spark plugs replaced
This is not an electrical or mechanical issue. Rust is common to second-hand cars which have not been well maintained.
Rust is common to second-hand cars which have not been well maintained
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