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Guide to buying used cars in Pakistan, tips and advice

SAMAA Money’s best advice on inspections, models, prices

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 18, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 week ago
Posted: Nov 18, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 week ago

You want to make a good choice before making such a big investment.

SAMAA Money’s Bilal Hussain goes through a checklist of important things to consider when buying a used car: family size, requirements such as leg space and trunk and fuel and maintenance economy. 

He has tips on how you should inspect your car properly before buying it.

A checklist to inspect a used car before buying it


  • Radiator core support
  • Apron welding and pastings
  • A-pillar welding – B-pillar welding
  • C-pillar welding – Trunk floor pastings
  • Compare screws and welds of both sides
  • Window and windscreen stamps
  • Touch-up paint texture, waves, sound of metal, Elcometer
  • Door, bonnet, trunk pastings  


  • Cracks and broken edges
  • Fade marks
  • Pedals
  • Knob and steering texture
  • Screws of cluster   Electronics
  • Check engine light and abs light
  • OBD scanning
  • Working of AC. Fluctuation of RPM on full load  


  • Engine oil leaks
  • Engine room bearing noises
  • Rattle on certain RPMs
  • Smoke: White, bluish, black
  • Suspension rattle
  • Braking. Pedal going down. Pulling to one side on braking. ABS.
  • Wheel bearings  


  • Wobble on slow speed
  • Tyre manufacturing date
  • Tyre type
  • Visible cracks  


  • VIN plate
  • Original number plates
  • Original file including delivery and sales certificate
  • Or bill of lading, passport copy, export certificate
  • Chassis number punching
  • Engine number matching with papers

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