Buying an Old Car

With ever increasing prices of new cars and heavy custom duty on importing cars from the outside world, people are left with almost no options when it comes to selecting any car for personal usage. The only option, if there is a limitation of budget, is to buy an old car. But buying an old car is not always the easiest thing to do, and you might end up losing the deal even after paying a handy amount.

So we decided to highlight some of the key points you must keep in mind when looking for an old car. It is important to note that there are three main components to look out for when buying a used car.

Body, Engine and Documents (Papers). Any issue in these three mentioned areas will be considered as a major issue. If you have checked all these things and are satisfied with it you can buy that car. Other minor issues even if you overlook them will not be a cause of great concern, however you might have to visit the related person for those minor fixes but it will not devalue your car.

Assuming that you have finalized the brand and model under your budget. Now here are the things you need to consider while inspecting a used car.


The first thing you will notice is the appearance of the car. Look for the dents and touch ups. If the entire body is re-painted then it can be due to some major accident or rust or some other reason, but this means major drop in the value of the car. Check out the chassis, look for wielding marks on it, wielding marks mean there might be some accident. Open and close all the doors multiple times to check the sound. Shutting the doors have a rhythmic sound. You can get the idea of that sound by closing the doors of any brand new car. Also, it is important that while taking a test drive, you must listen carefully for the noises from doors, windows or trunk gate. They can help you identify other problems, for example Noisy doors might mean their hinges need to be tightened.


You can now move to the interior of the car. Turn on the car. A quick start suggests a good battery and engine condition.

Check whats under the hood by opening the bonnet of the car. Check battery condition, engine oil and mark engine leakages. Give some acceleration to check engine power. Listen carefully for any abnormal engine sound while accelerating. Check the walls of the silencer by inserting your finger, oily fingers mean weak engine. (Make sure the silencer is not very hot).

Now take a test drive and drive on different speeds to check engine pickup, brakes, suspension and gear condition. Drive on bumpy roads to check the suspension. Also the check the working of AC, though it is one of the most over-looked factors while buying an old car.

Other miscellaneous things to be observed are lights (High/low beams), indicators, brake lights, reverse lights, windscreen viper, petrol level indicator and heat level indicator. Also check car seat covers and dashboard. Once done with that check all five tyres and their condition.


If you are satisfied with body and engine condition, you can now move for papers. Check the papers, owner’s name, chassis number, Engine number, Tax paid and number plates etc.

You can verify the details of the car by entering the car’s number on this link as well:

It might be possible that the data is not updated on the website or may be the car is on open letter. So you can visit the related office for CPLC clearance and legal checks.


This blog serves as a checklist for our readers who intend to buy a used car. However if you don’t have any idea about cars, it is recommended that you hire services of a mechanic and a painter who can help you finalize your dream car.

Furthermore, if you don’t have any mechanic or painter and do not feel confident about this particular outing, you can write to us and we will provide you the right person who can help you in car inspection and will do the paper work for you.

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