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5 Signs That You Have Bought a Bad Car

  • The car may initially be designed unsuccessfully for the sake of economy or dubious experiments. It also happens that the car was good, but the previous owners ruined it. The main thing, having accidentally bought such an option, is to admit this mistake in time. Here is a list of five signs that you have bought a junk car. 

    1. It consumes too much oil

    The engine must not consume a lot of oil. Obviously, oil enters the combustion chambers through “sticky” piston rings, through valve guides, and through the turbine. And let the forums tell you “this is X, it must eat oil!”, And the manufacturer writes in the regulations that oil waste up to a liter per 1,000 km is the norm.

    The waste of lubricant has been and remains a malfunction that not only adds an expense item called “topping up oil”, but also accelerates engine wear due to the formation of carbon deposits and deterioration of lubricating properties. In general, one should listen to the manufacturer very limitedly: they still sell cars and are interested in their financial well-being, and not you. Many of them recommend not to change the oil in the automatic transmission yet, as it is “filled for the entire service life”, which, of course, is not true.

    2. It breaks down all the time.

    An ordinary mass car that doesn’t belong to the premium class should not bother with serious breakdowns for at least the first 50,000 miles and about five years of life. For premium heavy cars with highly accelerated engines, a bunch of expensive (often experimental) electronics, the suspension (silent blocks, shock absorbers, hub bearings) may require attention a little earlier, but there should be no problems with the main units. Of course, provided that the car is conscientiously serviced.

    If the car, despite the timely replacement of oils, filters, and other consumables, all the time breaks, doesn’t want to start, kicks, creaks, crunches, knocks, and leaks liquids from the wrong places - alas, you got a bad a car. Either it is simply defective, or the model itself turned out to be unsuccessful. The fact that much is eliminated under warranty is little consolation. The car should drive, and not stand for warranty repairs. If the car should be of high quality, but for some reason, it falls apart on the go, then, most likely, you purchased a car with a very twisted mileage and a bunch of disguised breakdowns.

    3. It rusts

    Rust on a car, unless it is a crazy rat look tuning project, is justified only in one case: if you bought a car for nothing in a semi-conscious state, and there is neither financial nor historical and cultural sense in restoring it. Then a body with “blooming” door bottoms, fenders, arches, and sills, as well as gaping holes in the floor is just an inevitable reality that must be accepted. You can, of course, advise in this case to hand over the unfortunate wagon for scrap metal and transfer to the tram. There are cases when the car is worn out to such an extent by the previous owners that it remains only to “roll” it to the last gasp, and then disassemble it for spare parts or take it to a landfill.

    In all other cases, rust is an evil that needs to be fought. Clean the rusty place to metal, prime, and paint properly. If necessary, weld or change the entire element. Rust will not resolve itself, and it will only get worse. With a strong desire, it is possible to maintain in good condition even cars made of desperately bad metal, with very bad coloring. If it is just old, then you, as its owner and buyer, are to blame for this, not paying attention to rust. And if the car is less than six or seven years old, it has never been in a major accident, but it actively rots - it's just a poorly made car.

    4. It has a cheap trim

    In terms of interior trim, almost all modern cars are, on average, worse than those that were 20-25 years ago. We must honestly admit that the auto industry in this area has gone down the path of degradation. But if cheap hard plastic instead of old soft one can still be forgiven, then the craze for leatherette is impossible. Especially when it comes to expensive cars. All so that the buyer does not feel like a simpleton who was sold a fake at the price of a natural material. So what if after 70-80 thousand kilometers the eco-leather will crack and rub, and it is simply useless to process it by any means. 

    In fact, the leather substitute is simply cheaper to manufacture, and instead of farming, your money is now going to chemical production, and nothing more. But we are not talking here about the economy and ecology, but about the qualities of cars. So, “eco-leather” is a bad material, short-lived and unpleasant to the touch, compared not only with good natural leather but also with velour and just high-quality fabric.

    5. It is not tech-friendly

    This, of course, only applies to new cars. It makes no sense to demand modern trends from the Mercedes-Benz W124, right? But new cars, if something is good, then at least for its relevance. It is a pity that not all buyers are aware of this. It's time to recognize that there are iOS, Android, and Windows - three platforms that have divided the software market. If your car is new, expensive, but does not “befriend” at least the first two, but offers some kind of useless system of its own, then this is a bad car. 

    A modern car should be fully integrated with smartphones, allow you to play music from them, watch videos, access the Internet, and make it possible to use familiar applications. Everything else is objectively inconvenient. And it exists only so that manufacturers of obsolete software products and hardware can earn some money. 

    What to do with a bad car?

    In general, there are only two exits. First, if you care about your bad car, help it become good. This is usually possible, but not always advisable. You can take a car to the car service to re-apply anticorrosive and paint the entire body, replace the engine, alter the interior, and change bad equipment for good. But it can cost you hundreds of dollars. It is quite suitable for a wealthy person who builds a tuning project to suit their tastes. But for most, this is not an option. 

    Therefore, there is a second way - to get rid of a bad car and never buy such again. Of course, you can live with it and even, to some extent, enjoy it. But the consumer, no matter how pathetic it may sound, can and even should form an offer on the market, both primary and secondary. Yes, the failure of one person will not be able to change the policy of manufacturers. But the refusal of tens of thousands is quite enough. And you can start, as always, with yourself.

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