14 most common problems with used cars

03/12/2018 Same topic: Handy maintenance tips
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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.

used cars

 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.

damaged car tire

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.

3. Clutch

When the number of kilometers increases on the odometer, clutches might experience slipping or burning out problems.

broken car clutch

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.

faulty car battery

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.

Defective starter motor

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

Malfunctioning injectors can easily be found in used cars

>>> Read also: 7 obvious symptoms to know a damaged fuel injector

7. Brakes

A fully-functioning brakes system is always of paramount importance for all vehicles. Sadly, used models usually come with failed brakes.

broken car brakes

Used models usually come with failed brakes

8. Alternator

The conventional alternator is absolutely not a problem for hybrids and electric cars, but it is in used machines.

malfunctioning alternator

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.

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.

faulty car A/C condenser

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.

broken window motor/regulator

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.

broken spark plugs

If you bring home a used car, it’s suggested to have spark plugs replaced

14. Rust

This is not an electrical or mechanical issue. Rust is common to second-hand cars which have not been well maintained.

a car with rust

Rust is common to second-hand cars which have not been well maintained

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