December holidays is a busy time of the year for most families in South Africa.

With family visiting from overseas, to holiday trips around the country, December can be one of the most exciting months of the year.

As the festive season rolls in you may have planned a trip down to the coast, however, have you done your proper checks?

Not that you remembered to pack the presents for your family who live in Cape Town.

Have you done the proper checks of your car?

Many South Africans seem to skip these precautions and simply hop into the car and go.

the danger with this is that if anything were to happen during your trip down, you may be stuck waiting for help for hours.

There’s no way you’ll be getting to your destination on time.

Whether you bought a used car for sale across South Africa or not, you should always be sure to check if everything is in working order.

Yes, it is boring having to do this, but doing so will make sure that when you set out for your 10 to 13 hour drive, you won’t have to add an extra couple of hours to the trip.

Now, the inspection of your car can be done by yourself or buy a professional who knows what to look for, or what signs there are of any damage.

Regardless of who will look at your vehicle, second hand car or not, there are ten points of focus when inspecting a car.

These tips comes to you from, a top dealer in used vehicles.

These are, fluids, lights, wipers, tyres, brake pads, leaks, drive belts, spare tyre, steering and brakes/clutch.


1. Fluids

Opening up the bonnet and checking if your fluid levels are where they need to be is the first thing to do.

This is one of the most important thing to be aware of as if your oil and water is not where it should be, there could be big implications when driving down to the beach.

Coolants and break fluids are also important things to check as these can affect any car, second hand cars or off the shelf.

This check is also important when buying used cars for sale as well, as these things could affect the drivability of the car in general.


2. Lights

Holiday trips generally start in the early hours of the morning and can often end in the early night.

It is important to check on your lights, to see if they are working properly, as well as seeing if your break lights and indicators are working.

Making sure that your lights are working can save you and your family’s life.

On top of this, when purchasing a used car for sale, you should follow the same principal.

There’s nothing worse than driving behind someone who has no indicator or break lights.


3. Wipers

Windscreen wipers are very important, especially in South Africa, where the weather can go from sunshine to dark skies in a matter of minutes.

Make sure that your wipers are working well as driving long distances in the rain can be very dangerous if they aren’t.

Second Hand Cars makes sure that their used cars are of the highest standard possible and everything is in working order.


4. Tyres

Tyres are one of the most vital parts of driving safely as they are used throughout an entire trip, going over soft and hard roads, which may or may not have potholes.

Driving for hours on the road means that your tyres need to be in the best shape.

If they aren’t, you might be sitting on the side of the road waiting for assistance.

Make sure that if you by a second hand car before going on holiday, that the wheels are working properly and are of a high standard.


5. Brake Pads

Brake pads are used to stop your car whether it be when traffic slows down or if you need to stop abruptly.

Whether your car is a used car or not be sure to check if the brake pads are working or not.

Not only are brake pads needed in order to slow down and stop your car, but if they are not working you could be in a position where you are unable to sop in cases of emergency.

Your handbrake is also important and you should check if it is in working order, if you are unable to put your car in a position where it is stationary, you are going to have a big problem.


6. Leakages

Check for leaks before setting out on your journey as a decrease in fluid levels can impact how your car functions.


If you notice any leakage then take your car to get serviced.

7. Drive Belts

Drive belts, if worn out or broken, will affect the entire engines functionality.

Be sure to look under your car to see if there is any wear and tear of the belt.

This rule also applies when buying a second hand car, as this can set you back even more in terms of how much you will be spending.


8. Spare Tyre

A quick and easy check, which can save you in times of distress, especially when you are on an exciting trip down to the coast.

Be sure to see if you have your spare tyre, as well as if it is pumped up and ready to be used if necessary.


9. Steering

A simple check that can be done by a professional, steering conditions should be up to par as long distances requires concentration and if your steering is not the best, you will struggle.

This should also be checked out after you purchase a used car as sometimes because of use, steering can be a bit off.


10. Brakes/Clutch

The final check, the brake and clutch combination, can be checked to see if it is in working order.

This should be done once the brake pads have been checked and if everything is in working order, then you and your family are ready to go on your adventure.