In almost every country, buying a car is a big purchase – often put next to the purchase of a property. And yet, it might surprise you to know that despite needing to hand over a hefty sum to buy a vehicle, most individuals do not bother themselves to thoroughly inspect the vehicle before they commit to the transaction. The problem with this situation is that independent investigative researchers, as well as government inspectors, of many countries have regularly found out that there are many vehicles unfit for the road being sold off to unknowing buyers. The problem – which can easily become a legal issue – is then entirely in the hands of the new owner, which is why care should always be taken before making such an important purchase.
The status of whether a vehicle is fit for the road or not is known as roadworthy. The word is often thrown around when discussing accidents – what police and investigators often find is that most vehicles involved in accidents are not actually fit to be on the road (the other popular reason being that the drivers were not fit to be on the road – due to being under influence of alcohol, or uncommonly, due to a lack of skills). Finding out whether a vehicle is worthy to be on the road is the responsibility of a buyer.
Usually, if transactions are made through reputed dealers – and especially if the vehicle is brand-new – this is a minor issue, as the dealer (having a reputation to uphold) will look into the required qualifications and testing necessary.However, if the purchase is a private one, this is where the buyer must take precautions. It is recommended to take the vehicle you are going to purchase to a garage before you make up your mind, or, if you cannot take the vehicle to the garage, you can bring a mechanic with you. He or she will be able to quickly assess your car whether the need of additional repairs or maintenance that the seller is not informing you about. Accordingly, if the seller is not willing to get the vehicle inspected in front of you, that certainly is a red flag.
Whilst you can hold a seller accountable to a bad transaction in most countries, know that it is by no means an easy affair. There are circumstances where you might not even be able to do this – most scammers are quick to flee after they dupe their customers. This is why being careful is the best course of action at all times. Even if an inspection might cost a bit, if you think about the later expenses (which can easily exceed the small fee you pay) and headaches, it is by no means a great price to pay.