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Here’s What You Need To Know Before Buying A Used Car

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Purchasing a used car is an excellent option, especially if you’re looking for a top-quality vehicle at a reasonable or affordable price. The used car market is thriving and is expected to reach $50 billion in the next four years. However, you must make smart choices when buying a used car, especially if you don’t know the car’s history.

Here are some useful tips worth noting before you buy a used car:

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Go for a test drive

This tip is perhaps the most important, as it lets you know if your car of choice meets your standards and performs satisfactorily. Ideally, you should thoroughly inspect the vehicle and look out for any signs that might indicate trouble before getting on the road. You should also feel the temperature of your bonnet to ensure that your engine starts cold. It’s a good way to help you identify any starting issues. 

When you’re finally on the road, keep an ear out for any noises, and check how much smoke the car emits when you start and as you drive. Additionally, ensure that it has a proper steering and braking system that is responsive. For the best results, it would be best to test the car on your usual routes or test out the car on different types of roads to see how it responds. Most importantly, consider your comfort in the car. A car could be in good shape, but it might not necessarily be the type of car that can accommodate you comfortably. 

Conduct extensive research

Buying a car can be exciting, but you might run the risk of not researching enough to make the best decision. And when it comes to buying a used car, your research needs to be extensive. Having an idea of what type or make of car you want is a good step. However, you need to be certain you are making the right decision, especially if you intend on using the car for a long period. 

The first thing you need to research is the price. Pricing can affect your purchasing decision. Therefore, look at what different dealers or individual sellers offer to find the best deal. You should also check on the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, especially as fuel costs continue to rise. The good news is that there are tons of resources available to help in your research. You can speak to friends or family for honest reviews about the car or check out websites like Edmunds that can give professional reviews. 

Inspect documentation

When you’re buying a used car, you must request its documentation to help you know more about the car’s history, as well as crosscheck its mileage against what displays on the dashboard. You will need to request its service book to know who serviced the car and when its next servicing is due. Another excellent idea is to pay for a vehicle history check that will inform you of the car’s status or whether it’s been stolen or written off.

It’s always important to make sure that the maintenance is thoroughly up to date and roadworthy to drive. The servicing data will provide that. This way, you can make sure that you remain legal and confident on the road. If anything ever happens, a great auto accident attorney like Dennis Hernandez & Associates can help you.

When purchasing a used car, you must take your time to research and negotiate for the best deals. These tips will help you find the right used car that can serve you a long time. Check out these other tips to help make better and more well-informed decisions.

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CHANGSHA, China, Nov. 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- SANY Group, ("SANY"), a globally leading enterprise of the high-end equipment manufacturing industry, is accentuating advancing sustainable development and the green manufacturing transformation of the heavy machinery industry, ahead of the COP28 UAE, that is set to take place from November 30 to December 12 in Dubai. The theme of the 13-day program this year is "Actionism," calling for people to rise to meet the climate change challenges.

The COP28 will center on four major paradigm shifts – namely accelerating the transition from fossil fuels, agreeing on climate finance shifts, emphasizing the role of people and nature in climate action, and ensuring the summit is an inclusive event that women, indigenous people, local communities, youth, countries and more can all be a part of.

SANY is responding actively and positively to the summit's agenda with concrete actions to promote the transformation of green manufacturing, bringing sustainable solutions to the industries of mining, construction, wind power, and more.

Taking green actions to build a sustainable future

SANY is vigorously expanding the use of green energy (renewables such as solar and wind) in production processes to reduce the reliance on traditional energy sources, lower carbon emissions, and support climate change actions. It has adopted multiple initiatives, especially in accelerating the R&D and application of wind energy, hydrogen, and electrification solutions, and achieved significant results.

SANY's subsidiary SANY Renewable Energy has been investing in and constructing wind farms to boost the proportion of wind power in the energy structure, through intelligent upgrades in manufacturing and creating intelligent workshops. By doing this, SANY Renewable Energy has reduced the overall unit energy consumption and carbon emissions by 15 percent compared to pre-upgrade.

In 2022, SANY has added more than 3,000 energy metering connections. SANY built China's first intelligent mixing station park and invested 3.22 million yuan in photovoltaic construction that will produce 900,000 kWh of power annually. The park will cut 887 tons of carbon emission, 242 tons of dust emissions, 26.7 tons of sulfide, and 13.4 tons of nitric oxide to achieve synergetic development of intelligent manufacturing and environmental conservation.

A total of 11 subsidiaries of SANY have installed photovoltaic power generation equipment, with clean energy usage amounting to 16.013 million kWh.

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SANY continues to improve the long-term mechanism for pollution prevention and control, strengthen the control of waste emissions including water, gas, and other hazardous substances, and be cautious of business and operation actions that could damage the ecological environment. In 2022, the group's wastewater and gas emissions met the standard rate of 100 percent, with a 100 percent compliance rate for hazardous waste disposal.

The group is also pushing for using environment-friendly materials to minimize pollution, so that the carbon reduction throughout the product life cycle also includes materials. In 2022, its VOCs emission density was 0.0011 tons per million revenue, a 39.71 percent reduction from the base year.

Meanwhile, the continuous upgrade of production techniques and processes, promotion of energy conservation technologies, and advancement of low-carbon technology development are not only playing key roles in improving production efficiency, but also reducing carbon footprint and aims to reach the "dual-carbon" goals.

Calling for the public's participation

SANY has been carrying out training programs and campaigns centered on environmental protection for employees, while further raising community engagement in terms of green, low-carbon, community-friendly, and educational innovation agendas. In 2022, the company employees completed 687.4 hours of volunteer work, and SANY invested 9.75 million yuan in the year to support 15 public welfare projects.

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