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Things to consider before buying a new vehicle

Vehicle has moved from what used to be a luxury to being a necessity. Movement of goods and services has been easy, people will always have a different need and taste for a car. There are cars meant for performance, load, comfort, ease of usage and sometimes a blend of all these qualities. This should always be put into consideration when buying a vehicle.

Vehicle can be purchased new or used and each of them has what needs to be checked before purchase. As for new cars, it is important to check certain details before buying:null

Identify the need

As earlier mentioned, there is always a need to consider when buying a vehicle. If for example, the vehicle is to be purchased as a runaround vehicle, a vehicle of a high fuel economy would be the best to suit the purpose. If it is to be a touring vehicle, a performance car would be the best to consider, using the former for the latter and vice versa would reduce the live span of any of the two vehicle. Identifying the need makes you get the best for whichever condition you wish to use the vehicle for and a value for money.

Check the fuel economy rating

Every production car has a fuel economy rating, and it is advisable to check to have an idea of the average amount you would be spending on fuel after purchase. This would also ensure you are buying a car with a cleaner technology that is safe for the environment.

Check online car review

Being new does not necessarily make a car problem free. There were instances where defects were seen on cars after thru had been rolled out of production. Doing an online survey would help you see reviews and comments from owners of the dream car of yours and their opinions since they have been using the vehicle.null

This goes a long way in confirming the claim of the manufacturer or otherwise. Some of these opinions might be positive and some negative. This definitely would inform your decision making. If the vehicle is something you should get or you let go for another.

Consider the region of production

It is not an uncommon to see people who buy vehicles brand new and when a component fails and needs replacement, they have problem sourcing the parts.

That you have a common brand does not necessarily mean that the replacement parts would be available. There are possibilities that the brand you are about to buy is from a region that is not popular and the parts are not readily available. You can easily check this out by looking at the vin number of the vehicle during the pre-purchase inspection or ask the vendor during negotiations. Please do not be carried away by the popularityof a brand, consider the region it’s coming from to make it easy to get the service parts.

Check for recalls

Recalls have been a front burner in the automotive industry due to an increase in the safety requirements of automobiles. No manufacturer is immune to recalls. It is important to always check if your choice of vehicle is on recall. This would help you better in demanding for a fix from the dealer before buying the vehicle and you are sure that the vehicle is certified okay at the time  of purchase.

Always be calm

Seeing and wanting to buy what is appealing to the heart could sometimes blind one to other things that are necessary before a vehicle purchase. It is important to be calm while negotiating for a vehicle purchase and it also makes it easy to deal with the seller as an informed customer. This could give you an edge during price negotiation and also a critical look at the vehicle before it’s paid for. This is the more reason I advise anyone buying a vehicle not to go alone. Do a quick visual check of the fluids, the interior, tyre labels, body and if possible, ask for a test drive of the vehicle.vehicle not to go alone. Do a quick visual check of the fluids, the interior, tyre labels, body and if possible, ask for a test drive of the vehicle.

Ensure that you get all important documents, warranty certificate and other important gadgets before purchase. Buying a vehicle is not as easy as other things because if an informed decision is not reached before putting money on such, it could cause a lot of nightmare after purchase.

This piece is written by my mentee Ibrahim Ogundele

GENETICS CODES

P0921: Gear shift forward actuator circuit range/performance

Meaning

The transmission control module monitors the gear shift forward actuator. The TCM sets the OBDII code when the gear shift forward actuator is not to factory specifications.

Possible causes

  • Faulty gear shift forward actuator
  • Gear shift forward actuator harness is open or shorted
  • Gear shift forward actuator circuit poor electrical connection

P0922:Gear shift forward actuator circuit low

Meaning

The transmission control module monitors the gear shift forward actuator. The TCM sets the OBDII code when the gear shift forward actuator is not to factory specifications.

Possible causes

  • Faulty gear shift lock solenoid
  • Gear shift lock solenoid harness is open or shorted
  • Gear shift lock solenoid circuit poor electrical connection

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