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  1. Worried about problems after buying a used car? The SAFE Checklist lets you better understand the car's condition before buying a pre-owned car.Vehicles are complex things. And for those who aren't familiar with cars, the car you've set your eyes on might just have underlying problems. There is only so much you can tell when you're viewing a car you want to buy. The engine bay might appear spotless, and the test drive - aside from the slight vibrations - went as well as you expected. But only after buying the car do you realise there's problems. The once spotless engine now has a leaky gasket requiring frequent oil top-ups, and the vibrations have gotten worse, no thanks to worn transmission mounts that have finally given way.This isn't uncommon, and we're sure you've heard stories. In 2019 alone, the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) received more than 450 complaints pertaining to defective pre-owned cars. So how do you better understand your purchase, and the issues that might not be seen at first glance? Well, with the Standard and Functional Evaluation (SAFE) Checklist by CASE. By having the car professionally checked, it ensures that any underlying problems will be made known to you. Here's a step-by-step guide to buying your next car in confidence! 1. Find your dream car! Of course, the first step to getting a car is finding one. There are many ways to find a used car, and one of the easiest ways is to head to sgCarMart's used car listings. It is always a good idea to make a comparison, as well as finding out what are the hidden costs involved in buying a car, such as administrative fees. You can check out some tips on buying a used car here. But more than anything, it is always wise to find out more about the car's condition, or if any issues were fixed beforehand prior to the car being put up for sale. Once you decide on a particular car and are interested in finding out more about the condition of the car, you can proceed on to the next step. 2. Get a SAFE Checklist The SAFE Checklist by CASE is made for the evaluation of pre-owned cars. You can downloaded it here. With the SAFE Checklist, it will help you better understand the condition of the car from the dealer as well as a Professional Evaluation Centre. The Checklist will include two parts - Part A and Part B. Part A will be a declaration of the car's condition, while Part B will better help you understand what are the items that were checked by the Professional Evaluation Centres. 3. Get the dealer to check your car In Part A of the SAFE Checklist, the dealer will have to declare the condition to the best of their knowledge. This will include details such as warranty status and functional checks on its mechanical components, for instance the condition of the bodywork. The dealer can also highlight any problems from its own checks and attach it to the SAFE Checklist. It is advised that you keep a copy of this checklist after the dealer has completed it. 4. Send the car to a Professional Evaluation Centre After the dealer completes Part A of the Checklist, they will send the car for evaluation at a Professional Evaluation Centre. You can find more details of some of the Professional Evaluation Centres in Singapore within the SAFE Checklist Such an evaluation differs from the usual vehicle inspection. It is more thorough, and it gives buyers an objective understanding of the current condition and faults of the vehicle as assessed by a qualified individual of the Professional Evaluation Centre. Further checks will then be carried out on not just the vehicle's road-worthiness, but also to evaluate if there are any defects or mechanical problems - from leaks to missing components and even fluid levels. Part B of the Checklist is meant to help customers understand the evaluation report. If you have further queries on the evaluation, you can also contact the centres directly. 5. Compare and buy in confidence The SAFE Checklist offers you a better understanding of the car's condition. With it, you can make an informed choice when buying your next used car. It is an initiative by CASE to give you more information about the car that you're deciding to purchase, offering you more confidence. This little document can save you a lot of time and money in the future. The SAFE Checklist can be downloaded, here. You can find out more about the SAFE Checklist by CASE from their website, here. For your information: Brief guide on Lemon Law The Lemon Law was introduced in 2012 to protect consumers against defects of goods purchased. This law also covers pre-owned vehicles. If defects or issues arise six months from purchase, you could seek redress under the Lemon Law. The consumer may first ask the dealer to repair or replace the motorcar within a reasonable time period and without significant inconvenience to the consumer.If the dealer is unable to do so, the consumer can request a price reduction or a full refund if: i) the business did not provide repair/replacement within a reasonable time or without significant inconvenience to the consumer, OR ii) repair/replacement by the business is not possible, or is disproportionate in cost However, do note that for consumer-to-consumer transactions, such as purchasing your car from a direct owner or through a consignment agent, will not be covered. If you are facing issues with the pre-owned car you've just purchased, you can approach CASE for advice at its hotline 6100 0315, or website, here.
  2. I am curious, my one and only property has around 30% loan based on todays valuation. Currently housing loans are like 1% interest rates. Should I refinance and borrow MORE money from the bank and dump it into some "safe" investments that has returns like 2-3%? Maybe some government bonds? or something? Some form of investment that is Even 2% per annum profit should be significant.
  3. Vroomtattat

    In-Car Power Inverter - Safe or Not?

    Hi Brudders of MCF, I'm thinking of buying a power inverter to power up the Porter Cable car polisher. Is it safe to use? http://www.blackanddecker.com/productguide...927&toolview=4# Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you. [inline PI200AB_1.jpg]
  4. Picnic06-Biante15

    Is Singapore Safe From Earthquakes ?

    Most pples will say that SG is safe from earthquakes but ......... yahoo news: Earthquake: Is Singapore in danger? A second 7.4 magnitude quake hit Nepal on Tuesday, just three weeks after a deadly earthquake struck Kathmandu in Nepal and killed over 8,000 people. Early Wednesday morning, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan. The string of deadly quakes came as a surprise to many, but scientists say that the phenomenon of earthquakes was actually a result of a disaster that started about 50 million years ago. A lot of quakes are reported in the Ring of Fire, however, Singapore residents need not worry too much. According to the National Environment Agency, Singapore is in a fairly safe zone where earthquakes are concerned, as it is located about 400 km from the nearest known earthquake source. The closest experience to an earthquake in Singapore come from the weak tremors felt by some as a result of shock waves that travel from distant earthquakes, mainly those that strike Sumatra. Nevertheless, a report citing a study conducted by researchers at Nanyang Technological University in the 1990s states that there is still risk of an earthquake, albeit a small one, based on incidents of ground motions in Singapore between 1833 and 1995. To break it down, there are four types of earthquakes – tectonic, volcanic, collapse and explosion. The most common form of earthquake is the tectonic earthquake, which happens when rocks against the earth’s crust breaks due to forces created by movement of the tectonic plates. Volcanic earthquakes, as the name explains, occur in conjunction with volcanic activity. Collapse earthquakes are small quakes that happen underground, while explosion earthquakes are a result of the explosion of nuclear and chemical devices. The quake Nepal experienced was a manifestation of the ongoing convergence between the Indo-Australian and Asian tectonic plates that built the Himalayas. Earthquakes manifested by the same tectonic plates in the past include the Bihar 8.2 magnitude quake in 1934 that killed 10,000 people and the 7.5 magnitude quake in Kashmir in 2005 that killed around 80,000 people. While seismologists have come up with many ways of predicting earthquakes, none have been accurate. The probability and rough estimate of the location of an earthquake can be calculated but only mother nature can be sure of the exact time and location. link: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/earthquake--is-singapore-in-danger-----065221150.html
  5. Bluepica

    Israel: safe to drive?

    Anyone done a road trip in Israel before? Is it safe to self drive?
  6. 1 tyre got punctured by nails. Patching safe? Or need to change new tyres? Tyres only can change in pairs. Don't know if its worth it. If patched up how long is the estimate lifespan of the tyre?
  7. http://stomp.straitstimes.com/singapore-seen/fire-at-serangoon-north-flat-owner-and-family-fled-barefoot-10k-cash-in-safe-burnt-to just wondering, why would anyone keep so much cash at home ?? I don't even have $100 at home ...well, maybe in coins ... the other day the gas man came and changed my gas regulator(due outdated) ... $90 ... had to ask him to come back another day after paying for the gas tank only ... my wallet also have lesser than $20 ... I am trying to go cashless ...
  8. Hi ppl, just wonder how many drivers will purchased a Fire extinguisher which is small/compact enough to be placed in the car's boot? As heard from my friend that his friend's car started to catch fire, yes you did not hear me wrong. I was shocked to hear this too but actual reason not sure til now as still in workshop now. We always hear such 'story' but do not 'feel' it til you are caught in it. The driver of e car (my friend's friend) was so helpless and can only see it burned. We are talking if he have a fire extinguisher, maybe the damaged will not be so bad. But I just started wonder if it safe to put e fire extinguisher in car's boot? If it safe, any one know where to purchase one handy one and if can plz advise on the price too. Thanks for reading my concern. Good Sunday ahead folk! Cheers
  9. Nobrainer32007

    Holidays in Turkey - December - Safe?

    Too cold or too near to ISIS? Worth going? Views and advice appreciated.
  10. Thaiyotakamli

    Bird Nest Recommendation

    Hi bros Any recommendation where to buy good, safe and cheap bird nest? No need concentrated as i prefer normal one like with rock sugar. Been buying from ZIP and Eu. Yan Shang for the past years but quite pricey. Some more i want to try new brands and just tried new moon the filling very little and very watery though taste not bad. If buy big bulk get discount will be better Kum sia in advance
  11. Anyone knows what happened to Chevrolet? It's cheap and safe. Not many budget cars are as safe as Chevrolet. Will they come back?
  12. OK lets see if keeping a safe distance helps in reducing being involved in front to rear accidents. Please try to be honest.
  13. Just saw someone doing that in the car park....
  14. Blacksnow

    Is it safe to travel to Jakarta?

    I'm flying to Jakarta tmr for a few days for work. Anyone here familiar with the current situation there? Is it safe? I'm Chinese.
  15. Just received the renewal notice from Aviva. Due to good driving habit and accident free, I am awarded the Safe Driver Discount. Sad news is, the premium will increase about 25% to $750 (last year was $570). Doesn't seem to be logical at all....
  16. hi, i recalled there was a thread discuss recommended hotels in KL for safe overnight parking especially for sg cars. i don't seem to be able to find that thread. anyone ? thanks
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  18. Picnic06-Biante15

    NASA Says, No Worries We're Safe .....

    from Yahoo : NASA: The world will not end on December 21, 2012 AFP Relax
  19. Hi all, as I'm going to take ferry to desaru for a holiday, I'm thinking whether to park my car at the changi ferry terminal (not tanah merah ferry terminal). I'm concerned about the safety aspects. Anyone has experience of parking there? I'm thinking, if I don't drive,would I have difficulty getting a cab when I return to sg? Thanks in advance to any advice!
  20. From AsiaOne: http://ride.asiaone.com/news/general/story...oads?page=0%2C0 How safe are our roads? (Clockwise from top) The junction of Rochor Road and Victoria Street, where a Ferrari driver ran a red light and hit a taxi on May 12 last year; the scene of a chain collision involving four vehicles on Seletar Expressway, near the Turf Club Avenue exit, on Dec 8, 2010; a car crashed into a traffic light at the junction of Woodlands Avenue 7 and Gambas Avenue on Oct 25, 2011. Maryam Mokhtar and Royston Sim | The Straits Times | Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 Drivers making right turns 'may misjudge, be impatient' Making a right turn at a cross junction can be dangerous and has been the cause of at least 11 serious or fatal accidents in the past two years. In 2011, a 22-year-old unlicensed driver killed a pedestrian while making a right turn from Tampines Street 45 into Tampines Avenue 9. That junction was also where two young brothers were knocked down and killed by a cement truck in January. In that instance, the truck was turning left. Nanyang Technological University adjunct associate professor Gopinath Menon said motorists making turns may misjudge the window to turn safely across traffic, or may be impatient. Said Mr Menon, a retired Land Transport Authority planner: "They take a risk and don't want to wait for the green arrow." Avid cyclist Francis Chu, 53, said cars making a right turn often focus only on traffic coming from the opposite direction and not on whether people are crossing the road they are turning into. Nee Soon GRC MP Lee Bee Wah told The Straits Times on Thursday that a resident in her ward who was in her 30s died in January because of another driver's misjudgment when taking a right turn. A car turning from Lentor Avenue into Yio Chu Kang Road knocked down the motorcyclist, who was coming from the opposite direction. "Drivers are impatient. We need a mindset change to encourage courtesy on the roads for everyone's safety," she said. Motorcyclists, cyclists most likely to get serious injuries The Straits Times found that motorcyclists and cyclists frequently paid for road accidents with their lives. On Feb 22, a motorcyclist in his 40s was killed after making a right turn at a junction in Sengkang, then colliding with another motorcyclist. This group of road users, said former Land Transport Authority planner Gopinath Menon, are more vulnerable to serious injuries and death as they are more exposed and not protected by a vehicle. A New Paper report last Saturday showed that of 14 road-related deaths reported in the previous two months, six involved motorcyclists and cyclists. Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport chairman Cedric Foo said "the best line of defence" was to educate them on road safety. "Cyclists need to don helmets voluntarily to save precious lives and we see anecdotally that they don't do that," he said. Asked if expressways posed a higher risk for motorcyclists, Mr Menon said riders "must be alert" on these roads, which have high-volume, high-speed traffic. Motorcyclist Roy Peng, 26, said: "It's dangerous even if you're a safe rider, what more if you are reckless." An executive in the industrial gas industry, he noted that some riders weave through lanes on the expressway without considering if they are in a vehicle's blind spot. And from his experience, lorries, which have larger blind spots, pose a greater threat. Road users 'less vigilant late at night, with fewer vehicles' Motorists and cyclists could be dropping their guard when they use the roads late at night or in the early hours. After a spate of recent accidents at these times, avid cyclist and co-founder of lovecycling.sg Francis Chu, 53, fears some cyclists perceive the roads to be emptier and hence safer. "From my experience, cars too tend to speed up because there are fewer motorists on the road." Two weeks ago, two men were killed on the same day in a pair of unrelated road accidents. The first victim is believed to have died instantly when his car mounted a kerb and hit a tree at around 2am. About five hours later, a 59-year old van driver is understood to have lost control of his vehicle, which skidded and struck a road barrier on the Ayer Rajah Expressway at about 7am. MP Lim Wee Kiak is a strong supporter of stiffer penalties for speeding drivers - especially in school zones. He said the changing lighting conditions at dawn and dusk could also be a factor affecting the visibility of motorists. Drivers interviewed said they tend to be less aware of their surroundings in the wee hours. Motorcyclist Nurhafi Azahari, 23, has been riding for five years and has been involved in two road accidents. He said: "Late at night after work, I sometimes feel too tired and less alert." There were 7,168 accidents causing fatalities or injuries last year and 7,926 in 2011. 6 Black Spots: 1. The intersection of Tampines Avenue 1, Tampines Avenue 4 and Bedok Reservoir Road: 2. The right turn from Woodlands Avenue 7 onto Gambas Avenue: 3. The merging of the Seletar Expressway and Bukit Timah Expressway: 4. The junction of Rochor Road and Victoria Street: 5. The slip road from Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 into the Central Expressway: 6. The Intersection of Upper Serangoon Road, Upper Paya Lebar Road and Boundary Road:
  21. HI all, post on behalf of a friend who is the organizer. All are welcome, free talk, free food and goodies bags.
  22. Dont speed ......... because you never know , See CLIP
  23. sharing something that caught in my dvr few days back, ignore the date stamp as i didn't set it.. The taxi is in front, what pissed me off is the uncle trying to deny and push the blame to the poor driver.. and even wanted to call the police.. wasting tax payer money.. as i render help to him, the poor chap was shivering in fear/shock.. furthermore, exhaust dropped and don't think car was in a condition to drive. Children in car, were shocked as well. lucky i was behind the scene, capturing all. assured the driver that he's in the right of way and everything in recorded (finally, my dvr working....) the driver used my video and fought his case. glad that we helped, least on the road. Drive safe
  24. taken from http://sgforums.com/forums/8/topics/420474 Nordian Cuaca is a 45 year old man who has been escaping Interpol and has been living in Singapore! How could this be? I always thought that the Singapore Government has been taking a tough stance against criminals! But it seems that Cuaca has been living in the Singaporean Haven for the past ten years! Apparently, he has been able to settle down here, setup a company, own two Sentosa Coves properties, starts a family and even owns a Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini in Singapore! I always believe that the Singapore Government has strict immigration laws to prevent criminal from entering, let alone settling down here. How was it possible that he could slip past detection then? In this age of Terrorism, could this mean that Terrorists could also possibly slip past detection and conduct their activities here? As a citizen, I am worried if not terrified at this lapse of national security. But for one thing I