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Car FAQs, questions about cars

Some space for those answers we constantly seek - the lubricant for automotive minds.


How do I conduct a proper market survey of the cars available?
This website has been developed to aid you in your selection for the best car suited to your needs. It includes brief descriptions and major specifications of different cars made in India. Out of the different parameters, a careful selection has been done to highlight the main features. The next step after going through this would be to visit new car dealer showrooms and check the vehicles personally. Check out colors, prices, discounts, special offers, finance schemes, etc. If possible, test-drive the car.

Which color should I choose?
The color most easily maintained is white. Apart from personal perceptions, you should remember that the lower the cost of the paint option, the cheaper it is to maintain. Basic gloss finish is the easiest to maintain, metallic and pearl finish, though look good, cannot be duplicated. Therefore your car's color should match your taste and be within your budget.

What should I look for in a warranty?
You will obtain a warranty that lists the terms and conditions only after having purchased a car. It would be good if you asked for the manual and analyzed it beforehand. Clarify your doubts in advance because the warranty weighs heavily on car maintenance costs.

What do I check when I take delivery of my car?
First, read the terms of warranty thoroughly. Understand the enormity of the contract you are about to sign. Test-drive the car that you are about to pick up before paying. After it goes for registration, check all spare parts, the working condition of the car, and see if everything promised by the dealer is there. The car should be in immaculate physical condition.

What other essentials should I have while purchasing a car?
The following :
  • Registration certificate or receipt.
  • Insurance certificate or cover-note
  • Legal registration plates
  • Pollution-under-control badge and sticker
  • Invoices
  • Receipts
  • Tax Deducted source certificates
  • Full and final payment-cum-delivery note
  • Gate pass
  • Separate sales-tax or other local tax certificates applicable in some states

What does the color of the engine oil indicate?
It does not indicate anything.

Can the quality of engine oil be judged by feel?
Yes, if the engine oil has gone bad there will be no slickness left.

What does the engine oil do in an engine?
Engine oil protects the engine from wear and tear, prevents corrosion and also prevents deposits of foreign materials from forming blocks. It cools the engine and maximizes performance and protects the engine from rust.

Is car-wash necessary? Won't ordinary soap do?
No, ordinary soaps tend to remove the wax-finish of the paint. Car-wash soaps are specially formulated to remove dirt, grime and soils commonly found on vehicle surfaces without causing the removal of the car paint's wax.

How often should I wax my car?
There are no exact specifications. When the water beading and the finish appearance indicate that the wax is gone, re-apply.

What do I look for when buying a used car?
To buy a used car, you need to take lots of precautions. Taking your mechanic along is a must as he is sure to detect defects that you were even unaware of.

A few tips:

1. Check the engine number and the chassis number embossed on the manufacturer's plate and in the car. Compare this with the Registration Certificate. If it is a stolen car, it would have these reembossed.

2. The general appearance of the car will tell you if it has been freshly painted, which may have been done to hide the actual situation.

3. If the car has just been repaired, search for shoddy material and suspect workmanship, as it would have been done to make it seem like new to bargain for a higher price.

4. Scrutinize carefully the truthfulness of the documents with the Transport Department to ensure that the vehicle indeed belongs to the person selling it.

5. Odometer readings are easily faked and cannot be relied upon. If a regular log is maintained, it improves the value of the car.

A few more points...

  • The condition of the under-mat flooring, paintwork, tyres, wheel-rims and upholstery need to be checked to gauge the car's condition. The clutch-pedal rubber cladding, the color of the exhaust pipe outlet, tail-section and tyres should be thoroughly checked. Check the working condition of the electrical accessories and examine the condition of the battery. See if the fuse box is working or not.
  • It is imperative to check tyre pressure and engine oil before you test drive the car. Low tyre pressure has a good suspension feeling as it suppresses defects and body rattle, while high tyre pressure gives a false impression of better engine performance. At times, engine oil is mixed with thicker oils to give a smoother feeling to the engine. Only an accomplished mechanic can detect this.

Now you are ready for a test drive! Mark the following-

1. Does the engine turn smoothly?

2. Does the starter sound clear?

3. Is the take-off smooth?

4. Turn the steering wheel all around, drive in reverse gear for a while, brake suddenly and watch if the car comes to a sudden halt or if the engine turns itself off?

5. When the engine warms up, check the exhaust, preferably while driving behind the car. Blue smoke indicates a weak engine while black indicates excessive unburnt fuel. Ideally, there should be no smoke. Ask for the Pollution under Control Certificate.

6. Stop the car and open the bonnet. Remove the oil filler cap with the engine at idling speed. The presence of smoke is an indication of serious trouble.

7. It is advisable that documents etc. are handed/ taken over in the presence of a witness.

Details of Documents:

  • Original Registration Certificate (or duplicated certificate issued by RTO)
  • Original Insurance Cover Note
  • Original Pollution Under Cover Note
  • Original Pollution Under Cover Certificate
  • Clearing from Finance Companies/Leasing Companies
  • Original Sale Note (Check with local RTO for exact forms required)
  • No objection certificate from RTO for out - of - state registered vehicles.
  • Money Receipt · Handing Over /Taking Over Certificate
  • Any other relevant document as the case warrants.

Always check the validity and authenticity of the documents before you part with your money.

As you zoom in on your purchase deal, remember to sideglance into other cars too.

While you are at it, remember that the tortoise won the race. Never ever be in a hurry. Be satisfied that this is THE car for you before finalizing the deal.

We hope these queries will not remain as frequently asked as they were! Happy Motoring!
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