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Checklist for used-car buyers launched

By Faiming_low on 23 Mar 2017

Attached Image Used-car buyers can refer to a new checklist to have a car thoroughly inspected before buying it.

Developed by the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) with motoring industry partners, it helps to address the rising number of car complaints, which relate mainly to used cars with defects.

The checklist is an updated and more comprehensive version of the one distributed to Singapore Vehicle Traders Association (SVTA) members in 2012.

Consumers may download the new two-part Standard and Functional Evaluation (Safe) checklist from the Case and sgCarMart websites.

The first part, to be completed by the dealer and signed by both parties, comprises details of the car and basic functional and visual checks that dealers should go through with the consumer during a pre-sale inspection

The second part lists minimum checks performed by professional evaluation centres such as Vicom, STA Inspection and the Automobile Association of Singapore.

While the checks are not mandatory, Case advises consumers to walk away if dealers are reluctant to go through the checks with them.

The car industry remained the top source of complaints to the consumer watchdog for the fifth year in a row last year, with grouses about defective cars making up half of the 2,916 complaints.

Seven in 10 of car-defect complaints are from consumers without an evaluation report from an inspection centre, making it difficult to establish the condition of the car when it was bought, Case said.

The cost of an evaluation report is $150 to $200 on average and is typically borne by the buyer, though negotiations can be made for dealers to foot the bill, said Case executive director Loy York Jiun.

Having a thorough inspection helps buyers to have peace of mind and avoid costly repairs and disputes down the road, he said.

The SVTA will be making the Safe checklist available to its 380 members, mostly used-car traders.

It is also tapping funds from Spring Singapore to encourage more members to participate in the CaseTrust-SVTA accreditation scheme by offsetting the cost of joining, said SVTA's first vice-president Raymond Tang.

There are currently 35 used-car traders on the scheme, which subjects participants to an audit by Case, among other requirements.

"By encouraging our members and consumers to use this checklist and support CaseTrust dealers, we hope to cut out the black sheep and reduce complaints," said Mr Tang.

Mr Santhosh Arumugam, 33, who works in finance, said that he plans to buy a second-hand car.

"I'm nervous about what to expect but it's useful to have this checklist so you know your rights and what to look out for," he said.

The following article is written by Tiffany Fumiko Tay, a correspondent with The Straits Times.

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Written by Faiming_low
Since young, Fai Ming has always centered his life around cars. In fact his first word was 'car' and not 'mum' or 'dad'. Aren't kids cute?

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Xanavi Mar 24 2017 06:41 PM
Checklist? How many car buyer can really check if the items are ok just by looking at it? So don't need send to workshop check? Like that still end up lppl mah.
Xanavi Mar 24 2017 06:42 PM

Checklist? How many car buyer can really check if the items are ok just by looking at it? So don't need send to workshop check? Like that still end up lppl mah.

Ok.. read more clearly. My bad. Inspection involves.
Still2016 Mar 24 2017 08:18 PM
There is no perfect system.

eg leaking shock absorbers ~ cleaning it up before inspection - inspection will not pick this up

This but one eg.

Most 2nd cars inevitably have their engine bay chemically cleaned. Any oil leak goes unnoticed.

The inspection just informs you that at that point in time the car is "ok".

I have this prejudice that most of these inspections are not done as thorough as when they are inspected for renewal of road licence.

Not all are lost. But perhaps in a few cases but what happens if you happened to be the one.

We often hear one centre easier to pass than another.

I have not done any of these paid inspections before but wouldn't an inspection by AD be better because yhey specialized in their own cars.

However, most of these inspection would not be able to tell if there were minor accidents before because they are not going to waste time checking every panel.

For those who have no clue, then this inspection may be the only way. For most people if you dont know what is going on with your car then why buy one.

But dont expect too much.
davidwong6555 Mar 28 2017 08:40 PM
How about SAFE checklist for buying Parallel imported cars?
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