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Thing to look out for when buy­ing a used car

Sunday World - - Motoring - Send your mo­tor­ing-re­lated ques­tions to Ask Ed­win at Ed­win.Naidu@live.co.za or @Naidu1 on Twit­ter. Lis­ten to Ed­win on Capricorn FM at 7.20am on Thurs­days.

DEAR Ed­win

I am look­ing for a good sec­ond-hand run­about that costs less than R50 000. I checked Auto Trader s ad­verts and loved the Re­nault Modus. Dur­ing my search, I no­ticed that its prices are low com­pared to sim­i­lar cars with about the same mileage. I was told that once a car is cheaper than the oth­ers in the same range, some­thing is wrong with it. Seloni Samu Dear Seloni On the sur­face, there is noth­ing wrong with the Re­nault Modus. It is a brand that has been dis­con­tin­ued, hence its de­pre­ci­a­tion. Brand-new in 2005, the Modus cost R129 000, and was an en­joy­able ve­hi­cle. But af­ter the fifth year, it be­gan to fall apart. The amount you have been quoted for the Modus is fair for a run­about, but it de­pends on the mileage and con­di­tion of the ve­hi­cle. Take it for an AA test, it will re­veal any flaws and the cost to re­store the Modus to its for­mer glory. Dear Ed­win

I want to buy a used Peu­geot 207 with 48 000km on the clock from a pri­vate owner for R60 000. The car will be used daily from Pre­to­ria to the south of Joburg. Please ad­vise whether this is a good buy in terms of fuel ef­fi­ciency, main­te­nance and dura­bil­ity. Elias Msiza Dear Elias That car has plenty of life in it still, given the rel­a­tively low mileage. The route be­tween Joburg and Pre­to­ria is a straight­for­ward, no-non­sense one. The Peu­geot 207 has been deemed a lit­tle

gut­less” car, but it is a fairly good ride, in spite of what some re­gard as a cheaply put-to­gether sus­pen­sion. French hatch­backs have ma­tured in terms of im­proved cus­tomer ser­vice and parts be­ing cheaper. Keep in mind that this ve­hi­cle has al­ready been re­placed by the much-im­proved 208. The verdict on the 207 is that it is an ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cle, and it is sup­ported by Peu­geot af­ter-sales ser­vice and parts. Dear Ed­win I bought a 2012 BMW 1 Se­ries last Fe­bru­ary. Due to fi­nan­cial chal­lenges, I can t keep up with the in­stal­ments. Given Mbamba Dear Given I would sug­gest that you try to sell the car pri­vately or speak to the bank that fi­nanced the ve­hi­cle. To my knowl­edge, given the pop­u­lar­ity of car auc­tions, re­pos­ses­sions have not shown signs of drop­ping. Banks fi­nance con­sumers be­yond their means, de­spite the credit laws aimed at curb­ing reck­less lend­ing. But don’t ex­pect sym­pa­thy from your bank, they don’t sell cars. They of­fer fi­nance and, when you de­fault, they de­scend on you mer­ci­lessly. Given that it is a rel­a­tively new ve­hi­cle, and a good one at that, you may be able to find a pri­vate buyer who will agree to pay what is ow­ing and take over the in­stal­ments sub­ject to your bank agree­ing.

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