Guide to eco
WITH the rising cost of living, affordability takes a new turn as many motorists have now realised that spending on things based on style and image is no longer condoned.
Hence, many mature Malaysians are downgrading their motoring options and having new perspectives of their automotive needs.
In this issue of Motoring ,we address some of the steps and concerns in purchasing a car and what it takes to keep prices low.
Super big discounts
Auto experts will warn about cheap buys. There are a few companies desperate to cle their old stock, hence offeri discounts.
The problem with this is the cars are usually more th year old – some are even m than two years old.
Discounts can amount up RM10,000 but be wary, as th are a few things you need t check before signing on the dotted line. If the car has be parked for a long time, the might have flat spots for be static too long. Get the selle change them.
You should also check for bitten off rubber hoses in th engine bay, hardened door o window seals and faded pain A wiring harness that has b damaged by rats can cost more than RM20,000 to
replace. The big discount sometimes does not offset the residual value of the car.
Check the used car market for the price of the car after two years. Your discount will likely En y the
. r before accepting it. rrant t
Affordable does not necessarily mean cheap
Some experts will advise you
er, use igher downpayments. If you are not careful, you might also end up spending more cash to get your secondhand vehicle running smoothly.
In contrast, new cars nowadays are usually offered with lower interest rates and downpayments.
It is best to take a shorter loan of maximum seven years because modern cars require more maintenance after the fifth year and you will incur more costs if you are still serving the loan.
Take maintenance into account
Some cars might have a price tag that you can afford but the maintenance can eat into your savings. Always check the maintenance cost for each vehicle such as the cost for a normal lubricant change and major service jobs that the car will have to undergo every 20,000km.
If the car company offers a free maintenance package, check carefully for the things that are covered. Some might cover specific engine oil specifications, which require shorter service intervals, while some might cover only the labour cost or lubrication services.
There are a few that will cover everything sans tyres, wipers and other perishable items.
This is a big issue since our fuel prices are floated now. Check reviews and car clubs about fuel consumption.
Nowadays, the fuel consumption figures given on the brochur
Malaysia has come up wi consumption regulation, those figures might not be valid because the vehicles might have been tested in a cold country or the engine might be using a different fuel grade.
For MPVs, diesel offers lower fuel consumption and better performance. The downside is that modern diesel engines prefer Euro5 fuel, which is available at limited petrol stations.
Don't listen to rumours
Car clubs offer a wealth of information because they own the very vehicles they talk about.
Most of the time, they know more than the media and can advise on the things to look out for, where to buy cheap parts, who to take care of the vehicles, and highlight features that even the car dealer never knew
If the car company offers free maintenance package, check carefully for the things that are covered.
existed. They can even share which service centre to go to.
When in doubt, look for familiar brands
Not many people are really into cars, so consider buying the usual brands. The more common the car on the road, the more likely people know how to fix it.