Who replaces air and oil filters only when they are blocked? For many sellers good used car preparation also includes replacing these parts. When it comes to car lights, however, sellers and most drivers follow the principle of “as long as they’re on I don’t have to do anything”. A service promises you peace of mind for a while with your new used vehicle. But a lamp may fail the moment you drive away from the dealer. Car lamps are wear and tear parts, and it’s certainly not a waste to equip a used car with new ones. After all, they’re not like spark plugs, filters and oil that wouldn’t immediately cause failure if you missed a routine check.
New lamps as a precaution
Preventive replacement not only has the advantage that you’ll have peace of mind for months or years to come. You’ll also know what has been installed. Once a car has racked up more than two or three years, some of the lamps may well have failed during that time. And the replacements would not always have been of the same high quality as on a new car. Even many garage mechanics know nothing about the big differences in the quality of car lamps. Readers of the carlight blog, on the other hand, do.
When making a precautionary replacement, they use long life types such as the Ultra Life from Osram. They are perfect for rear lights, front parking lights, indicators, brake lights and perhaps even the reversing light. Long life lamps cost a bit more, true, but in most cases they last three times as long as standard lamps. They’re usually installed ex works. There are also suitable versions for headlights. But here the owner has alternatives, ranging from inexpensive standard products – called “Original” at Osram – to high-performance lamps with much better light. The Night Breaker upgrade types fall into this category. Which lamps your new used car needs can be found in the manual or on the configuration site on the internet. Don’t forget about the small unobtrusive lighting functions when buying new bulbs. Repeater flashers, number plate lamps and even interior lights may house bulbs that are very near the end of their lives.
Replacing at least the prescribed exterior lights definitely minimizes the risk of having to deal with car lights again soon. That alone is quite significant, given that more than 20 percent of advisory information at the legally prescribed vehicle inspection such as the MOT is caused by the lights. New lamps will once again produce full light. After all, incandescent and xenon lamps lose a lot over time. That’s sometimes downright obvious when you replace old lamps because the glass bulbs are nearly black, letting through very little light. The need to replace lamps is only clear when they fail completely. But no buyer of a used car should wait that long.