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Introduction to Used Cars: Tips to Choose a Good Secondhand Car.


There are a lot of used cars in Africa, and different vehicles have different characteristic. 

Some cars are big enough to board many passengers, or some cars are small and compact.

It is important for you to choose a good car that is appropriate for your demand. 

In this article, we introduce how to choose a good quality car.

1. First Step: Clarify Requirements for Your Car.

Before selecting a car, it is better to clarify your purpose of buying a car.

The most important thing when you buy a car is to select a car that is useful for you.

If you want to use a car in rough road, you may be better to choose a big car. 

If you want to use a car with family, it might be better to buy a car that can board many passengers. 

The first step to buy a car is to clarify what aspects you put a high priority.

First Step: Clarify Requirements for Your Car.

2.  Millage, Year

First, you have to check millage.

In Japan, cars driving in Japan are obliged to be inspected their condition once every two years by law. 

Because of this, even though the millage is long, there will be no big problem in terms of safety. 

However, millage effects the price of car. 

In general, short millage is regarded as a good condition, and the longer the millage is, the cheaper the price is. 

If you want to buy a good car and have enough budget, how about choosing a car with short millage?

Years is also one of the most important aspect. 

If the age is old, the millage tends to be long, and as a result, it will be cheaper than others. 

However, sometimes there are young cars with long millage. 

Such condition may indicate that the cars are managed carefully and kept in good condition for a long time. 

Millage, Year

3.  Steering

In Japan, people generally use right-drive cars.

It means that most of Japanese used cars have their handle in right side. 

If you live in a left side traffic country, Japanese cars may be useful for your drive. 


4.  Displacement

Simply put, displacement means the amount of fuel and air that the engine can draw in.

If the amount of displacement is large, the car has large power.

It means that the car can speed up quickly and drive faster.

If you want to drive in highway, such cars may be useful for you.  

However, large displacement means large amount of fuel is consumed to be drawn in the engine. 

Also, cars with large displacement need to be made more sturdy to withstand its power. 

Because of this, such cars tend to be more expensive than other cars.



Except for these points, there are a lot of aspects you have to check when you buy a car. 

For example, brands, colors, options, dimension, passengers may be the points you think as important. 

It is better for you to choose a car based on your criteria. 

We, SBI Africa, sells many kinds of cars. Unlike brand-new cars, every used car has each own characteristic. 

Please check out our website and enjoy comparing various cars!

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