Reducing the Risk of Buying Old Cars

The Journal (Newcastle, England), April 8, 2006 | Go to article overview

Reducing the Risk of Buying Old Cars


Byline: By Chris Russon

Buying an old car need not be a risky venture, even though a new survey has revealed most breakdowns involve vehicles more than five years old.

The study, by International Breakdown, shows that the probability of a car letting you down increases dramatically with age.

According to the survey, there is an average 5% chance of a breakdown for a car up to five years old ( with only a 3% chance of a car letting you down during the first three years of its life.

In fact, 70% of all breakdowns investigated in the research involved cars registered before 2001. The average age of a car breaking down is six years.

International Breakdown has now come up with the following guidelines for people setting out to buy an older car.

Re-charge the batteries: flat or faulty batteries are by far the biggest cause of breakdowns and non-start problems, accounting for nearly half of all call-outs. A useful tip is to take your car for a ten to 15 mile drive at least once a week to replenish the battery.

Check your tyres: incorrect tyre pressure can cause unnecessary wear, so you should ensure that this is checked regularly and the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. …

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