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how to buy a car in malaysia

Planning to buy your first car? Here are 5 tips for you

So, you’re looking to buy your first car. For most of us, cars are a necessity. Necessity being regularly used for interstate journeys, regularly stuck in traffic, used for hauling, abused for work, and driving on uneven roads. In short, you’re looking for a daily driver.So, how do you go about getting your first car?1. Get a new carOf course, second hand cars are cheaper. But if you’re going to drive it hard every day, it will occasionally breakdown. Yes, some old cars tend to

Arif

Arif

Jun 4, 2020

Buying used cars: How to test drive a used car?

Buying brand-new cars without test driving them is common, especially when shopping for an econobox. These days, you can learn more about a brand-new car just by browsing the internet.The COVID-19 pandemic has also pushed brands to enhance their respective virtual showrooms. While shopping for a brand-new car can be safely done without a test drive, the same couldn’t be said about used cars.Test driving a brand-new car is meant to impress you with all the bells & whistles and

Arif

Arif

Sep 4, 2020

How the Proton Saga went from RM 17,575 in year 1985 to RM 32,800 today

When the Proton Saga was first launched in 1985, a fresh graduate who earns a monthly salary of RM 1,000 can expect a reasonably comfortable life, even in the city.A bowl of noodle was just a little over a Ringgit, and a McDonalds burger would have cost just RM 3. A Nissan Sunny 130Y, the default car for middle-class families, retails for RM 19,500. Depending on how far along was one in his/her career, that’s about 1.5 years’ worth a young person’s salary.When the first Proton

Hans

Hans

Sep 2, 2019

RM 15k for a first-gen Toyota Vios - how to buy a good one, maintain and have fun with it

There’s plenty of advice out there that says “Hey, you’ve just started working, it’s best you get a brand new car because they're reliable and cheaper to maintain!" Don’t get us wrong, it's a very valid opinion. 17 years ago, this car was made at the plant in the background!But what if you’re 'the 10th dentist'? Perhaps you want to eschew the monthly commitments and just plonk the cash for an older car that'll still

Sanjay

Sanjay

Oct 24, 2020

New or used car, which should you buy after MCO?

The Movement Control Order (MCO) in place to control the Covid-19 pandemic has put a huge speed bump on the various economic sector.The automotive industry has come to a complete halt as JPJ (Road and Transport Department Malaysia) has yet to resume new private vehicle registration (services related to commercial vehicles are available).It’s only a matter of time before consumers can go out and purchase their next perfect car. But with the soft economy that will prolong for the forese

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

May 24, 2020

Who makes 2020's most reliable cars? What’s the 10 best car brands to buy from?

What’s the most reliable car brand? What brand should your next car be? Depending on who you ask, you will get different answers, depending on how they choose to make their assessment.If you were to ask the Americans at Consumer Reports, the best brands to buy are Porsche, Genesis, Subaru, Mazda, and Lexus, in that order.Something is clearly not right when a brand like Porsche tops the list of a consumer-friendly buying guide so take this with a pinch of salt. But Consumer Reports is

Hans

Hans

Feb 28, 2020

How did the Honda City go from a simple family car to firing shots at the Camry?

In anticipation of Honda Malaysia launching the 2020 Honda City, let’s take a quick look back at Honda’s popular sedan and a gateway for many Honda fanboys. It is turning 25 soon, after all.“But the City isn’t 25. There was a smaller JDM car made much earlier in 1981, so it should be 40.”Well, I hear you loud and clear but I’m just focusing on the City that moved most of South East Asia and not the little turbocharged bulldog. With that cleared up, let’s

CY Foong

CY Foong

Aug 20, 2020

Electric MINI Cooper SE sold out in Australia! How will it do in Malaysia?

MINI Australia has received an overwhelming response on its city electric runabout – the MINI Cooper SE. All 100 units that were pre-ordered by MINI Australia have been sold out without the car being physically seen or driven.Those who wish buy a MINI Cooper SE in Australia now will have to wait until 2021 to get their cars. MINI Australia general manager Brett Waudby says the response was not expected since Australians love big V8s. Hence the small 100-unit pre-or

Arif

Arif

Jul 23, 2020

How to get your car loan approved? Here are 5 things that affect your chances

In 1949, the loan tenure for a VW Beetle was 12 months with an interest rate of 9 % per annum. Things have changed. In Malaysia today, car loan tenures are usually of 5,7, or even 9 years with interest rates hovering around 3% per annum (calculated on principal). Cars are getting more expensive and are almost impossible to purchase without using a loan.But is taking a car loan a bad financial decision? Well, it depends on your financial circumstances (mainly your income), how much you benefit fr

Arif

Arif

Jan 28, 2021

How to run in your brand-new car? Here is what we’re doing with our new Ativa

When you buy a brand-new car, you have to go through a run-in (or break-in) period for the first 1,000 km. Unfortunately, you can’t just gun it right after taking delivery from the showroom. As such with our new Perodua Ativa, the first thing in order is to run it in.Only 17km on the odometer upon collectionHow to run in the car?Drive the car carefully without exceeding a certain rpm and speed limit. In every car’s owner manual, the instructions for the run-in period are explicitly s

Arif

Arif

Mar 19, 2021

Once poorer than Malaysia, how Korea’s car industry progressed further than ours?

Last week, we’ve chronicled how Hyundai grew from a small workshop to a world-class automaker. What was left out however, was the hows and the whys behind the rise of Korea’s car industry, which will be discussed in the following text.When Malaysia gained its independence, Korea was a failed state. It relied on donations from the US for 70 percent of its budget, and had nothing worth exporting.Seouls Han River - 1960 vs today. Economists call it the Miracle of the Han RiverIn 1960, M

Hans

Hans

Nov 23, 2020

How symbols derive their power - the myth of car brands and the influence they have over us

Some brands, no matter how good their products are, can never attain the nearly mythical levels of influence that others haveAt its most fundamental level, cars are merely a collection of metal and parts. But few car companies will sell you a car at the price of the sum of its materials and cost it took put the car together.Premium brands especially, want to sell you not just a car but also an admission in their deeply storied heritage, and a certain lifestyle that their marketers promise you.&q

Hans

Hans

Apr 4, 2021

Malaysians pay over RM 10 billion in car taxes every year. How did we end up like this?

Malaysia is known for having one of the world’s highest taxes on cars. Sales of new cars and spare parts for motor vehicles are the single largest contributor in import and excise duties collection, eclipsing tobacco and alcohol products.How much taxes do car sales contribute to the Malaysian government?The government doesn’t provide a breakdown of its tax collection by industry, but it is safe to estimate that the automotive sector contributes well over RM 10 billion in taxes every

Hans

Hans

Jan 30, 2020

Aftersales in the new normal, how Volkswagen is setting a new benchmark in Malaysia

Decades from now, students and researchers will look into the timeline of human civilization not just in terms of BC (Before Christ), AD (Anno Domini), but also AC (After Covid). The world will never be the same again, not even after mass vaccination.If we were to be optimistic and try to see the good in this difficult time, it will be acceleration in adoption of digital technology.Several car brands have introduced virtual showroom, mobile apps for online service booking, even online car sales.

Hans

Hans

Feb 18, 2021

How to survive a car crash? Don't be stupid with your seatbelts

Have you ever come across kids jumping at the backseat of a car, while you’re stopped at a red light? This is one of my biggest driving pet peeves, people not wearing seatbelts whilst travelling in their cars.We have seen countless times, crashes on the road that have resulted in people getting flung out of their cars. Why? Plain and simple, they weren’t wearing their seatbelts. How can something so intrinsically simple to do become such a widely-ignored habit? Sadly, it’s down

Jason

Jason

Jul 11, 2020

Toyota Harrier, buy a recond and save over RM20k or buy an official import?

Toyota HarrierAlongside the Toyota Alphard/Vellfire, the Toyota Harrier is an immensely popular luxury SUV. Part of the reason why the Harrier is so popular is the lack of competition – it has no direct rival either from Honda or Nissan.But the question remains – should you buy a cheap reconditioned (recond) unit or pay up for an officially-imported unit by UMW Toyota Motor?Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons.Prices – Recond is cheaper, but for a good reasonPric

Eric

Eric

May 9, 2020

What cars do rally legends buy? A WRC rally car of course

Do you ever wonder, what kind of cars do racing legends contend themselves with? More often than not, you'd think that they will buy cars they used to race in. And you'd be correct. Take for example, one Nicky Grist who purchased a racer he had fond memories of, the Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185. No, not a replica, an actual car that participated in the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 1992.Juha Kankkunen & Nicky Grist, WRC-winning partnership in 1993By now you'd be asking, Nicky

Jason

Jason

Jul 12, 2020

How to add RM 10k to your car's resale value

Image creditSo, youve just taken delivery of your brand-new car. Youre excited (understandably so), and have already made plans on how to spruce it up and make it your own. The last thing on your mind at this point of time is depreciation, which occurs the moment your new car hits the tarmac (typically, it loses 15 percent of its value). While inevitable, are there ways one can mitigate a cars depreciation? Actually, yes.Value Users CarScour through the classifieds list and will see a wide range

Jason

Jason

Mar 29, 2021

Counterfeit vs original spare parts: How to tell?

On the surface, the air filter and spark plug you bought from your neighbourhood spare parts shop look just like the original item, except that you’ve paid just a fraction of the price you would have otherwise paid at an authorised service centre.But little do you know, the spare parts you just bought are in fact counterfeit items, not original as what the shop owner told you.Counterfeit spare parts have been floating around in the market for the longest time, but how do you identify which

Eric

Eric

May 4, 2020

Should you buy a new Perodua Myvi or a used Honda City?

If you’re a fresh grad looking for your first car, chances are you’re looking at the Perodua Myvi. It offers great value for money and is packed with features, some of which aren’t even offered in cars twice its price. But then someone said you could buy a used Honda City for about the same price. So how should you decide?Before we continue, we'd like to note that this isn't strictly limited to the Honda City. Other options can include the Toyota Vios, Honda Jazz,

Shaun

Shaun

Apr 30, 2020

Booked a Proton X50? Watch how it’s made

The Proton X50 is definitely one of the most exciting cars of 2020. At least in Malaysia. The variants have been revealed, the tech features look exciting, the performance has been impressive, and yet the prices are yet to be announced.Still, that doesn’t faze people from booking the X50 but don’t be deceived by the unofficial price figures. This just shows how hyped the little brother to the X70 really is. The X50 is locally-assembled at Proton’s Tanjung Malim plant and P

CY Foong

CY Foong

Oct 1, 2020

Buying guide: 5 things to lookout for when buying a used car

Want that dream car of yours but can’t afford to buy new? The used car market is one solution. Toyota 86 for as low a RM 108,000?!If you are shopping for a used car, here are the list of things that you should look out for.1. Check paintwork, body panels, engine bay, and underneath of the carFirst impression matters. The outlook of the car is what makes you attracted to it in the first place, so naturally, this will be the first thing you should look at. Always inspect the car in dayl

Zamil Syaheer

Zamil Syaheer

May 15, 2020

Own a recon Audi? Here’s how you can get a warranty from Audi Malaysia

Parallel imported or recon (reconditioned) cars have been a part of (read: plagued) the Malaysian automotive industry for as long as the industry existed.Many have turned to these unauthorised and unofficial distributors for their significantly lower car prices – it’s not unusual to see grey import cars being 30 to 40% cheaper than officially imported cars.A small number of consumers turn to the grey market to secure a particular model variant, for example, an Audi RS6 Avant that&rsq

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Nov 19, 2019

Perodua Nautica – Is the successor to the Kembara really a bad car?

It was one of the worst-selling Perodua models ever, but the Perodua Nautica wasn’t a problematic car. It was the successor to the popular Kembara and Perodua was riding on a wave of successful models then as the second “national” carmaker began to overtake Proton as the best-selling make in Malaysia.To call the Nautica the worst Perodua model because of its lacklustre sales is pretty unfair considering what actually went wrong. But before we dive right into what went wrong wit

CY Foong

CY Foong

Oct 9, 2020

Buy a VW Passat, get a luxury island getaway at Pulau Pangkor for free!

Ever wondered how you could buy a brand-new car and an island getaway at the same time? Well, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) is offering customers an indulgent island getaway with every purchase of the Passat.From now till 30-April 2021, customers of the Passat Elegance and R-Line will receive a complimentary stay at the exclusive Pangkor Laut Resort. Additionally, the Passat Elegance comes with 1-year free insurance worth RM 5,500 while the Passat R-Line comes with 1-year free petrol

CY Foong

CY Foong

Apr 1, 2021

Why I Buy: Say Yes To Vios

** This article is the personal experience of a 2020 Toyota Vios new owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Detail about car - Car Info: Toyota Vios 2020 1.5 AG(AT)- Colour: Dark Metallic Blue- Order Date: 1 September 2020- Delivery Date: 26 September 2020- Price: RM 86,132- Cash Rebate: RM 5,400- Accessories Rebate: RM 2,800Reason to buy Exterior: Headlamps Projector Halogen Read Combination Lamps LED Front

Why I Buy

Why I Buy

Oct 5, 2020

Owner Review: My "Abah-Abah's car" – A pilot feeling being in a Honda Civic FB

** This article is the personal experience of a 2015 Honda Civic 2.0S owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Facebook: Mat Nasir↓↓↓ Press Here To Share Your Story ↓↓↓About my Honda CivicIf we story about Honda’s car, I’m pretty sure what crossed in our minds was the Civic. The Honda Civic is not the first model of Honda but Civic makes Honda become famous. Almost 20 million units sold worldwide and this C segment Sedan become num

Owner Review

Owner Review

Jul 27, 2020

How driving through floods can damage your car, and here's how to do it safely

Driving on a rainy day requires extra concentration. The roads are slippery and visibility is lower than usual. Rainy days also create unwanted puddles, which if they’re big enough, can be called floods.Even the mighty can fallYou might have seen some cars wading through water like it’s nothing. You are tempted to do it too, sometimes. After all, water doesn’t get into your engine, right? Well, it depends on how deep the water is, how fast you drive through it, and how well you

Arif

Arif

Oct 29, 2020

How to choose the right 12V battery for your car?

If you drive an automatic car, it is impossible to push start the car. Your only option in case of a flat battery is to jump start the car and get a battery replacement ASAP. A weak car battery has obvious tell-tale signs like a slow crank and dim lights.Changing a car battery is a simple task, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, there’s still a high chance of screwing things up.Not the kind of push-start you want. PhotoIf you have absolutely no experience in replacin

Arif

Arif

Oct 9, 2020

Buying a used car? Here's how to check for unpaid summons

So, you’ve found the used car of your dreams, sent it to your trusted mechanic and even got the green light from Puspakom to transfer to name over to you. But wait, have you checked if the car has any unpaid traffic summons attached to it?Surprisingly, this is a step that most used car buyers would miss on. Excited car buyers will find themselves facing a roadblock when they realise that JPJ will not transfer the car to them as the previous owner has outstanding traffic summons that has ye

Jerrica

Jerrica

Nov 4, 2020