SGS Sticker Can Shield you from Buying DMC Vehicle
By Tonny Akankwatsa
Many dealers in used cars Uganda have a tendency to reap off unsuspicious innocent buyers by selling them vehicles that are not road worthy.
This is an unfair transaction as it subjects innocent buyers to counterfeited motor vehicles.
Buyers prefer cheap second hand cars that end up expensive in the long run because they did not pay attention to their conditions.
What bond car dealers will never tell you
One seductive secret car dealers use to attract you to buy that good looking vogue is that they will polish it on its exterior and visible interior making the vehicle appear new for clients visual attractiveness.
And at times this car’s spare parts tend to be interchanged giving it cheap weak ones that are not of the similar model if you are lucky that some are not missing.
For example how would you tell that the car’s speed metre might have been changed for one that has less millage? Very hard to tell from the naked eye but this has happened many times.
These used cars tend to have other unknown issues, something the seller himself is ignorant about.
Some of these issues could be concealed accident damages on the car body and other areas.
How SGS helps you place a worthy bill
Vehicle inspection is a procedure mandated by national or subnational governments in many countries, in which a vehicle is inspected to ensure that it conforms to regulations governing safety, emissions, or both.
Inspection can be required at various times, e.g., periodically or on transfer of title to a vehicle. When a vehicle passes inspection, often a sticker (inspection decal or inspection sticker) is placed on the vehicle’s windshield or registration plate to simplify later controls. Inspection stations are places to drive inside to see if a vehicle passes inspection once a vehicle is due for inspection.
In addition, the whole process of car inspection is just like when a patient goes to the hospital and a general body diagnosis is done. After the checkup, one is given the result document sheet that shows 90% of your body status health wise. Thus you get to know where the weakness lies and
tackle the problem for a better living.
Buying a used car is a great way to save money. However, before you make a used car purchase, it is important to know that the vehicle is safe and is not in need of major and costly repairs. By getting a used car inspection sticker you can have a much stronger sense of the shape of your potential car.
In some jurisdictions, proof of inspection is required before a vehicle license or license plate can be issued or renewed. In others, once a vehicle passes inspection, an inspection decal is attached to the windshield or registration plate, and police can enforce the inspection law by seeing whether the vehicle displays an up-to-date decal.
Importance of SGS Report/Sticker
A glowing report should facilitate the sale of the car, and make both the buyer and seller feel more at ease with the transaction.
A sticker that uncovers some minor flaws can be used as a bargaining tool to lower the price. Or, you can insist that the seller takes care of the issues before you pay the asking price.
A troublesome report, meanwhile, should make you reconsider the purchase, unless the seller is willing to fix all the problems, or you’re adept at car repairs and the seller lowers the price accordingly.
Why get your vehicle inspected?
You will be contributing to the general improvement of road safety in Uganda. Road accidents are a global challenge. Beside the human and other factors, the technical condition of the vehicle is one of the accidents causer. The main purpose of all regulations in force, related to vehicle inspection, is the increase of road safety for all road users. By testing your vehicle, you are not just fulfilling a legal requirement; you are also getting informed if your vehicle has any problem and if it needs to be repaired, helping you to avoid accidents.
This contributes to the general reduction of transport related emissions. The environmental impact of transport is significant because it is a major user of energy, and burns most of the world’s petroleum. This creates air pollution, including nitrous oxides and particulates, and is a significant contributor to global warming through emission of carbon dioxide.
Compliance with law:
To comply with the traffic and road safety (Motor Vehicle inspection) regulation 2016 and the standards set by the Ugandan Ministry of works and transport in the “Manual of Vehicle Inspection”, as well as other recognized international road-safety standards, all vehicles must undergo an official roadworthy test in intervals set by the law. The inspection determines the technical condition of your vehicle at the moment of the test and will compare those results with the legal standards in force. If
your vehicle complies with those standards, you will receive the “Certificate of the Vehicle Inspection”.
If your vehicle fails the test
If your vehicle fails, you must have the defect repaired and take your vehicle back to an accredited SGS Automotive Uganda limited Test Centre for re-testing.
Once your vehicle is compliant, you can take it back for a re-test within 30 days. If this re-test is successful, the results will be properly recorded and you’ll have fulfilled the legal requirement.
Based on the same legal frame work, you will be penalized if you drive a vehicle that does not have a valid Vehicle Inspection Certificate, issued from the service operator SGS Automotive Uganda Limited.
The vehicle inspection
During the vehicle inspection procedure, your vehicle will go through detailed inspections of items, which directly or indirectly influence your safety, the safety of the passengers in your vehicle and the safety of all other road users.
Your vehicle is tested either electronically or visually considering: Exhaust system, headlight focus (Aim), side slip, suspension system, braking system. Vehicle Identification Number, plates and all registration
data of your vehicle in the Permit of Circulation among others are all inspected visually.
In March 2015, Uganda’s Ministry of Works and Transport awarded SGS an exclusive contract to carry out vehicle inspections countrywide on its behalf. The vehicle inspection exercise is carried out under “Safe Drive Uganda” – a road safety measure intended to ensure vehicle roadworthiness and reduce carnage on Ugandan roads.
This mandatory exercise is aimed at improving road safety by compelling motor vehicle owners and drivers to use safe and well maintained vehicles. Environmental conservation is an additional goal; vehicle emissions, one of the main sources of air pollution, will be tested.
The first vehicle inspection station in Kawanda started operations on November 28, 2016. A mobile inspection station was set up at Namboole Stadium parking lot in February 2017. Since the mandatory exercise began, 10,000 cars have been inspected at the two stations.
Five other fixed test stations are under construction around the country – in Namulanda (Entebbe Road), Namanve (Jinja Road), Mbarara, Gulu and Mbale. In addition, three mobile stations will cover several upcountry locations with sparse vehicle population.