When purchasing a used car, you could be taking on someone else’s expensive problems (and costs), if you don’t know what to look out for with a faulty steering or suspension.

Here are a few important things to inspect with the car’s steering and suspension.

  • Walk around the car and have a close look at each tire. Are the tires evenly warn down?  If not, this could simply be because of the wheel alignment being out, or it could be a lot more serious than that. If there is a problem with the suspension, this could affect the wheel alignment, so it is best to rather get this checked out by a professional for peace of mind.
  • Take the car for a test drive and check for steering wheel jerks, stiffness or noises. If anything feels or sounds wrong, the steering must be checked out by a professional steering technician.
  • Have a look under the hood, as well as under the car. Any leaks need to be investigated.  It could be the power steering that is leaking.

You have the right, when buying a used car, to take it to an independent steering and suspension workshop, at a cost of around R250 ex VAT.  This is a very small price to pay for that extra peace of mind, before outlaying a large sum of money on a car.

Call us today to book your car in for a check up.