Purchasing a used car - advice, tips, pitfalls

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Purchasing a used car - advice, tips, pitfalls

Postby MarcoPE » Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:44 pm

We are considering purchasing a car ... most likely will be used - 2010 or above - and just wanted to know any experiences about the process, what maybe to look out for, any other suggestions somebody might have, like reliable places to look or places to avoid, etc..

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Re: Purchasing a used car - advice, tips, pitfalls

Postby adrian Thorne » Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:08 am

Keep your eyes open on expat. For later model cars and El Comercio is also a good place to start.
Never part with money until you have had the vehicle checked over at a reputable garage. Costs a bit but worth it in the long run. Finally more important than anything run a check on Sunarp for verification of ownership and vehicle details.
https://www.sunarp.gob.pe/
https://www.sunarp.gob.pe/ConsultaVehicular/

There are a lot of robbers out there.

Good Luck.
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Re: Purchasing a used car - advice, tips, pitfalls

Postby marlia » Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:30 pm

Halo MarcoPE,

I never used their service but seem trustable:

http://autodiagnostico.pe/
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Re: Purchasing a used car - advice, tips, pitfalls

Postby gringolandia » Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:47 pm

This probably goes without saying, but as with buying / selling anything expensive in Peru, do not give out your address, and minimize other personal information exchange as much as possible.

To inspect / show the car, meet at a safe public location.

There are gangs that have people (who are very nicely dressed and presentable, even friendly) go out and pretend to be interested in buying things they see listed, but really they are just scoping out your home for valuables. You don't want their friends stopping by later uninvited.

This really just fits in to the more general precaution of not inviting strangers into your home.

Also, I've heard that odometer rolling or replacement is rampant, so if the car looks like it has more wear than the odometer reads then be *very* suspicious.
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Re: Purchasing a used car - advice, tips, pitfalls

Postby caliguy » Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:17 pm

gringolandia wrote:


Also, I've heard that odometer rolling or replacement is rampant, so if the car looks like it has more wear than the odometer reads then be *very* suspicious.

been there before. car was stated as having only 50,000 kilometers, but the engine compartment was a mess with oil, dirt, make shift repairs etc. possible ecu was changed at some pint. also make sure the vehicle has a/c. don't know why so many cars here don't have it (maybe another market for that). if possible, buy used from a dealer with written warranty if applicable.
every place has it's own spirit. you just need to tune into it.
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Re: Purchasing a used car - advice, tips, pitfalls

Postby MarcoPE » Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:00 pm

Thanks for all the good tips. I figured that odometer manipulation was a big problem here.

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