Did you know that a new car isn't necessarily ready to drive? A new car may have damages that you have to repair before you take it out to the road. What is more, new car dealerships aren't obligated to inform sellers about damages that don't exceed five percent of the manufacturer's recommended retail price. Here are some of the damages you may have to contend with in a new car.
Dings and Scratches
New cars get dinged and scratched a lot during transportation and storage. It makes sense that the more a car is moved, the more it's likely to have its paint scratched. After all, dealerships' parking lots and car storage areas tend to be overcrowded, and the cars can even scratch on each other. Then there is the issue of loading and unloading cars from trailers or containers, which can easily lead to scratches too. You need to take care of these dents and scratches to prevent rusting.
Just as an inadequate paint job isn't satisfactory, paint on undesirable places (overspray) isn't good for your car either. Overspray isn't uncommon with new cars, especially on the difficult-to-paint areas, such as door jams, chrome trim, and the areas around the headlamps. A trip to an auto body shop may suffice. Such damage is especially possible if the dealer damages the car and repairs it unsatisfactorily.
Spacing Between Openings
Some new cars also come with spacing between openings that is meant to be tight. It may be that the car's trunk doesn't close properly; small spaces remain when the doors are closed, or the hood doesn't fit as tightly as it should. Sure, some minuscule spacings are to be expected and normal, but they should be uniform on both sides of the car. Uneven spacings point to a problem that requires repair.
Damages From Minor Accidents
If you are buying a car that was being used as a demonstration (a demo unit), then there is one more thing you need to look out for. Dealers use demo cars to test drives, and the car may have gotten into a few mishaps during those rides. Granted, most of those repairs are repaired before the car is sold, but you want to be sure that they weren't major repairs, and they were satisfactorily repaired.
In short, don't think your car is ready for the road just because you bought it as new. The dealer may sell you a car with small repairs, which may not be so small to you. Have an auto repair shop take care of the damages before they intensify.Share
20 January 2016
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