The people of Malaysia have plenty of concerns when come to buying a car from government taxes to service maintenance fees. In this country, government-imposed heavy taxation on cars and the protective interests of local makes like Proton and Perodua have practically forced the citizens to settle for the local makes instead of having a choice to choose from global and more renowned brands.
Government-imposed taxes are inevitable to protect interests of local makes in this country. But, there are more concerns for car buyers other than prices. First up for car buyers is reliability short- and long-term. Depending on brands, many owners have a positive ownership experience in Malaysia. A local survey involved some 1,000 motorists about main concerns when purchasing a car, whether used or new.
The main concerns for car buyers in Malaysia are in regards to car reliability and escalating service costs. Most manufacturers in the country have been offering 5-year standard warranty along with free service maintenance, depending on brands, to appease potential buyers. As consumers, we must be aware about terms and conditions when it comes to manufacturers' warranties. This is to ensure you don’t receive a service bill that might blow a hole in your pocket. Warranty coverage is limited as well, depending on your manufacturer’s terms and conditions, be sure to check with your service advisor if you’re unclear about your car’s warranty program.
The other main worry amongst Malaysian car owners is reliability issues. With cars becoming ever more loaded with technology it is a tribute to the quality of modern cars that only around a small percentage of owners experience a problem. And it is worth remembering that faults are often misreported by complex in-car monitoring systems, so that an engine warning light symbol on the dashboard is often merely an electrical glitch rather than revealing a serious issue.
Other lesser concerns for car buyers in Malaysia comprise of: getting bored with the car sooner than they would like, fuel cost escalation and maintaining long-term interior comfort.
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