Buying a used car is a great and affordable way to own the ride of your dreams. But what do you do after buying a used car?
Unlike in the case of a brand new vehicle, a used car doesn’t come all ready for you to drive. There’s so much that you should do before it is ready to hit the road.
This article is for you if you are not sure what to do after buying a used car. Keep reading!
Top 5 Things to DO After Buying a Used Car
You have bought a used car, what next? While you must have carried all the due diligence when purchasing the car, your job isn’t done yet. There are several things to do after buying a used car.
Here are the top 5 must-do things after buying a used car:
- Transfer and Registration
Writing that cheque doesn’t make you the car’s legal owner unless all the necessary documents are in your name. Before claiming the car as yours, you should transfer its ownership to you.
What should you do if you are buying a used car from a private seller?
It is advisable to ensure you get a clean car title from the seller. The title acts as proof that the car is yours. Additionally, ask for all the past owners’ official statements indicating that they have relinquished the car’s ownership.
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Where you are buying the used car from a dealership, the process is even faster and cheaper. The dealership will handle all the necessary paperwork and offer you a logbook. In case you are buying the car through bank financing, the dealership may keep the logbook and release it to you once you have completed paying the loan.
- Apply for a Car Insurance
The car is officially yours, BUT hold on. You can’t drive it without insurance. It is advisable to get car insurance from a trusted insurance provider of your choice before you can drive it. Most car dealerships will guide you through the insurance application process.
In case you bought your car from a private seller, make sure to arrange for the car’s insurance. With so many insurance providers available, you must carry out extensive research to settle on the right policy for your vehicle.
Once you pay for the policy, your provider will offer you a proof of insurance that you should stick on your car’s windscreen in the left corner. It is important to note that driving a vehicle without insurance is listed as one of Kenya’s serious traffic offences.
- Get the Number Plate for Your Car
In Kenya, you are free to import used cars. However, the law requires that cars are at most 5 years old. If you import your car, mainly from Japan, the chances are high that it won’t come with the number plates.
After importing your car, it has to be registered by the Registrar of Motors before the number plates are issued. For a more effortless and faster process, it is advisable to import your car through a dealership – they will help you with the number plates’ registration and issuance.
- Engage a Mechanic to Check the Car
The process of buying a used car isn’t complete until a mechanic checks the vehicle. It is recommendable to engage a reliable and professional mechanic for extensive inspection and preventive maintenance of your car.
The right mechanic will advise you on car parts that you should replace before putting the car on the road. The most common elements that they may deal with include car fluids, air filters, and align the wheels.
- Get an Emergency Breakdown Cover
Your car can break down anytime, anywhere. The car doesn’t have to be poorly maintained to break down – even the well-maintained car can break down. Do you have plans in case this happens? An emergency breakdown cover will come in handy.
Buying a used car can help you save a lot of money, but it is advisable to ensure that every nitty-gritty is done before getting the car on the road. Transfer ownership, get an insurance cover, get the number plates, and have a mechanic inspect it. With this process complete, you can drive the car confidently!