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Significant problems with electric cars

Significant problems with Electric cars

Upon looking at Toyota praises and other electric cars I thought I would give a shot at explaining the problem behind electric cars. One of my major concerns if I owned an electric car would be the maintenance behind it. I mean literally could you go under the hood and change the oil? The transmission oil? Oil filters? Like you would with a normal car? No I highly doubt it. According to yahoo notes about the pruis it has been known to have high insurance, and high cost of maintenance. That being said most people would have bought the corolla instead. Another problem with electric cars are their batteries. Although they could possibly run 3-5 years but how much do they cost to replace? According to Pruischat.com they would cost $4,000 to replace and would only be covered to 100,000 miles by the warranty.

Unfortunately I have never been a fan of electric cars. All of them seem to be too weak, small, and not much fun. Aren’t cars supposed to be practical, easy to live with? And reliable? Only one electric car was made that matched these guidelines at it was the General Motors EV1 car. This car had the acceleration compared to a modern day corvette. The EV1 car was shown in the movie “who killed the electric car” and to this day there are close to none EV1’s on the road. Why? Because GM put out propaganda that it sucked and people weren’t ready for it at that time. Even though GM produced this car they lost over 2 Billion in collecting these cars back from people and shutting down all electric stations in California. Though there were minimal problems with this car, GM once again blew this out of proportion and forced owners under threats to give back their cars. Sadly this was one of the best electric cars ever produced.

Shopping for a reliable second hand car

Shopping For A Reliable Second Hand Car

Repossessions and forced sales, prevalent during the economic downturn, are, however, a platinum lining for those who can afford good, certified used cars in Cape Town. Customers are encouraged to shop for their mode of transport at reputable car dealerships or at one of the many used car auctions held in the city.

Before signing on the dotted line, however, it’s crucial to do a bit of homework:

  • Research the make and model you are interested in and make a note of any common problems or complaints. When you test drive the car, you’ll know what defects to look for.
  • Do a thorough check of the vehicle’s history. You’ll need the vehicle’s VIN number and although you’ll have to pay for the report, it could save you a heap of cash in the future.
  • Take your time and give both the interior and exterior of the car a methodical inspection. How carefully has it been maintained? Are there dents and scratches on the bodywork? Do the body panels match up perfectly? Are the lines of the body perfect? If not, it’s a sure sign the car has been in an accident. Make a note of the problems and see if the dealer is prepared to repair the damages or re-negotiate the selling price. Avoid a used car with corrosion and one that hasn’t been properly maintained, you’re likely to end up with a ‘lemon’.
  • Always have the car inspected by a reputable independent motor mechanic or take it to the Automobile Association for the ‘once-over’.
  • Take the car on a prolonged test drive or arrange to keep it overnight if possible, this will give you plenty of time to reveal any major defects or problems.

Although the bulk of Cape Town used car dealerships come highly recommended there is always the odd ‘rogue’ intent on ripping off the customer. To ensure you are getting the best deal possible ask the following questions of your preferred used car dealer:

  1. Is the car certified? If so, demand to see the pre-certification inspection.
  2. Who was the previous owner? If a trade-in to the dealership, ask for the maintenance records.
  3. When last was the car serviced by the dealership?
  4. Does the vehicle have a warranty?

Once the car dealer has answered all your queries and you’ve had the car independently assessed, it’s more than likely safe to sign the sales agreement.

Remember there is an entire range of good, reliable used cars in Cape Town. Although the recent recall by Toyota of millions of vehicles throughout the world is undoubtedly nerve wracking for most, big brand names such as General Motors have an array of used cars renowned to go on and on.

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Toyota Prius Check Engine Light – Toyota Prius Problems

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