Tips for Buying a Used Car in New Zealand

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Buying a pre-owned car in New Zealand is a cost-efficient transport choice if you plan to stay for an extended period. While most sellers are honest and deals go well, there are things to be wary of. Below, you will find some tips to simplify the process of buying a used car.

Vehicle Inspection Tips

If possible, inspect the vehicle on a sunny, dry day because you’re more likely to see the car in its real condition. Take time to look over all the vehicle’s parts. Don’t take the seller’s word as to the car’s condition. The following things may help you in your inspection.

A checklist of factors to examine
A small magnet to detect concealed rust repairs
A torch for an easier look under the car’s bonnet
A knowledgeable friend
An aa vehicle check is a simple way to find out which repairs a vehicle may need.

Check the Car’s Paperwork

Before buying a used vehicle, check that its WOF (Warrant of Fitness) is current. The WOF signifies that the vehicle is fit to use on the road, and older cars must have a WOF test every six months. If you buy a car “as is”, you’ll need to take it directly from the seller to an inspection station or garage to get a WOF in Auckland. In some cases, you may have to get the car repaired after getting an aa car check to get it up to the warrant standard. It’s important to check the car’s registration sticker, which is displayed on its windscreen, and to renew it if necessary.

Get a Car Check Before Buying

Before buying a used car, insist on having it professionally inspected at a garage or through the Automobile Association. An aa car check will provide you and the seller with a report listing recommended repairs. It’s also wise to get a history check on any vehicle you purchase, as it can tell you if the car has an inaccurate odometer, has been stolen, or if it is under a lien. To schedule a WOF, AA inspection, or if you are in need of car mechanics in Manukau, Auckland, visit Tyre World & Auto at tyreworld.co.nz.

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5 Reasons to Take Your Car to a Mechanics in East Auckland

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Most people lead busy lives, and they find the inconvenience and cost of auto repair to be a legitimate reason to skip service appointments. Drivers rely on their vehicles to get from one place to another within the area, and mechanics in East Auckland often see vehicles that go thousands of kilometres over the manufacturer’s recommended service interval. Below, drivers can learn several reasons why regular vehicle maintenance and WOF East Auckland are important.

Proper Car Care is a Money Saver

Regular car service diminishes the chance of a serious breakdown or an expensive repair. Cars and 4WDs should be serviced according to the recommendations listed in the owner’s manual. By spending a little on maintenance now, a driver can save significantly on major repairs.

Increased Fuel Economy

Although fuel prices are down, filling up can still be costly for those who drive larger vehicles. With proper maintenance, a vehicle operates more efficiently and the driver saves money at the pump. For example, keeping Manukau tyres sufficiently inflated and well maintained can have a significant effect on a vehicle’s fuel economy.

Longer Vehicle Life

Service at regular intervals can increase a vehicle’s resale value, and it can help a new-car buyer maintain his or her warranty coverage. Quality maintenance, cleaning, and repairs are all crucial in maximising a vehicle’s value, both to the driver and when it is time to resell.

Proven Roadworthiness

Mechanics often see vehicles around Auckland with potentially dangerous conditions—and the owners are unaware they exist. Faulty brake lights can occur due to a blown bulb or fuse, and the driver may not notice until there’s a rear-end collision. These problems can expose a driver to liability in an accident, and they put everyone’s safety in jeopardy.

Regular Wear and Tear

Engine oil gradually breaks down with use, and it degrades over time. After about a year, the oil no longer provides enough protection for the engine. Cold starts, short trips, high traffic, and dusty conditions can all affect a vehicle’s needs, and drivers who deal with these conditions may need more frequent oil and filter changes.

Most people take their cars for granted, but all vehicles need periodic maintenance. With the tips listed here, any driver can see why it is so important to have regular auto service. For help in keeping a car and its mags and tyres well maintained, drivers can call Tyre World or visit www.tyreworld.co.nz today.

Common Braking Problems and How to Fix Them

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It is no surprise that brake problems are one of the most common issues faced by vehicle owners. The braking system has so many parts that wear out with time and should be replaced. In a brake system, the brake shoes, rotors, brake pads and brake fluid need the most frequent replacement while problems with the wheel cylinders, master cylinders, proportioning valve, brake booster and brake line are less common.

It is not a good idea to ignore any braking problem as they often indicate a certain part that require replacement or repair. To check for any braking problem, step on the pedal then press it down paying attention to how it feels under the foot. As a car owner, it is prudent to know the cause of common brake problems and how to fix them. Here is an overview of the most common braking problems and how to fix them.

· Low brake fluid

This may be as a result of a leak in the brake system. You should inspect the brake hoses, wheel cylinder, master cylinder and the brake lines and if you detect a leak, the defective component should be rebuilt or replaced. A defective component poses a serious safety hazard therefore, the vehicle should not be driven until the repair is made.

· Low brake pedal

This often occurs if the shoe adjusters on the drum stick fails to compensate the normal lining wear. Adjusting them will restore the full pedal but unless the adjuster is replaced or cleaned, the problem will occur again when the linings wear out. Other causes of a low pedal rake include fluid leak or worn out brake lining.

· Soft or spongy pedal

This occurs when there is air in the brake system either due to improper bleeding, low fluid level or fluid loss. The best way to fix this is to bleed the brakes using the recommended sequence for your vehicle. Another cause of this problem is a ballooning rubber brake hose when the brakes are applied.

· Excessive pedal travel

Possible causes of this include misadjusted drum brakes, worn brake linings or air in the brake lines. It is quite a dangerous condition as the brake system can run out of the pedal when the vehicle is still on the road.

· Pedal sinking to the floor

This is a dangerous problem caused by leaks in the hydraulic system or worn out internal rubber seals preventing the brakes from holding pressure.

· Pedal pulsation

This problem indicates a damaged brake rotor that require replacement or resurfacing. The faces of the rotor should be parallel; within 0.0005 inches or 0.0127mm in most cars, they should never be more than .002 inch or 0.050 mm of run out. The wheel bearings should also be inspected, cleaned and repacked with grease. You may also need new grease seals.

· A scraping noise

This noise usually indicates metal to metal contact. In this case, rotor and drum replacement will be needed together with new linings and brake hardware.

· Brakes squeals

This is often caused by a vibration between the caliper and the disc pads which can be fixed by replacing or resurfacing the rotors, installing new pads or applying a noise compound or brake grease at the back of the pads.

· Chatter

This braking problem is caused by incorrectly machined rotors and the process was not finished properly.

· Grabby brakes

Brake fluid, oil or grease fluid on the linings makes the brakes to grab. To fix this, you need to identify and eliminate the contamination then replace the linings. Badly scored rotors or drums can also grab and they may need to be replaced or resurfaced. 

· Dragging brakes

The dragging leads to increased fuel consumption and a steering pull. The drag also accelerates the wearing out of the brakes and makes the brakes to become hot which increases pedal effort and risks the brakes fading if they become too hot.

Dragging brakes is caused by a broken or a weak retracting springs on the drum brakes, a corroded or jammed caliper piston, floating caliper with corroded bushings or mounting pins, frozen emergency brake cable or overextended drum brake self adjuster. 

· Brakes pull to one side

This is caused by misadjusted brakes, contaminated linings, dragging brakes, a bad wheel caliper or cylinder or loose wheel bearings. It can also be caused by differences in rotor thickness or unequal friction on the front brakes. 

· Hard brake pedal

Lack of power assist is often caused by a low engine vacuum, a defective brake booster or a leaky vacuum hose to the brake booster. The booster is located between the firewall and the master brake cylinder in the engine compartment. Sometimes, a damaged check valve makes the vacuum to bleed out of the booster leading to hard pedal when the brakes are applied.

This condition can be fixed by starting the engine in order to build vacuum then shutting it off and waiting for about five minutes and trying the brakes if there is a power assist. If there is no, you will need to replace the check valve. For vehicles equipped with power brakes, a hard brake pedal is caused by low fluid level, loose power steering pump belt, faulty valves or leaks in the power hose.

On cars that use ABS pump to generate brake boost, a problem with the high pressure accumulator or the ABS pump leads to loss in power assist. This makes the ABS warning light to come on and the ABS system and also sets a fault code corresponding to the problem that needs a scan tool to read. If your brakes system grind, sequel or it causes a jerky stops or the warning light flashes, you should have the entire system inspected by professional mechanics.

At Tyre World & Auto, New Zealand, we offer many brake service packages and we strive to ensure that or customers feel comfortable in their cars. Our basic brake service package includes a thorough evaluation of the braking system and the brake pad as well as the replacement of the brake shoe and off vehicle resurfacing of rotors or drums all of which are performed by professional mechanics in Auckland.

Get in touch with us, we will explain the problem to you, provide car servicing and get your it back on the road safer and more comfortable in no time.