Try mo sa J & C Niñal Auto shop & display center
Address: 168 JM Basa, corner V. Rama st., Cebu city.
Owner: Mr. Clifford Niñal
I attached a sample quotation.
In my experience only, newbie rin sa automotive mechanics,
you have to check the following:
1) Engine appearance (outside only)
- should be free from grease/oil
- clean & dry surface
- no loose bolts/nuts
2) If you didn't bring a mechanic with you you can check first the
ignition or if the engine will start at one click only. This is the
common problem for Zuki's.
3) Usually they don't overhaul or open the cylinder head, so you
can't see the condition of the valves, pistons, gaskets, etc.
You just have to road test it. Listen to the sound the engine makes.
Are there squeaking sounds, unusual noise? Take note also when
and where the sound occurs, after turning, braking, at the wheels?
If you can check under chassis, check for leaks. I have a fair share
of this type of problem. Take note of where the leaking starts, is it
oil? coolant? Inform the "casa owner" immediately after you observe
these things or tell them to re-inspect for leaking under chassis.
4) Ask the "casa" if the radiator is clean or you can check by yourself.
Also check the coolant reservoir & check the color if it's still
green (new coolant) or colorless (water) or red (rusty). You have to
change the water/coolant if it's already rusty.
5) Check if the battery they install is new. No corrosion on terminals.
a. Bring a voltmeter with you & check the voltage accross the bat.
terminals while the engine is OFF. It should be at least 12.5V
b. Turn ON the engine & measure again. It should register at least
14.4V without any accessories ON.
c. If the headlightS, aircon, stereo, wiper is ON, the voltage should
not reach below 12.5V. If your alternator is normal, it should read
13+V in your voltmeter (all Acc. ON).
7) Paint finish
In my case, I didn't check the upper part (roof area) of my van.
They forgot to make it shine & smooth like the one they did on the
sides. So check it before you withdraw your van. Closely inspect the
corners, edges, hard to reach areas for good paint application.
If you can check under chassis, they usually color it black. Again,
check for rust & dents also.
8) Since they are surplus from Japan, it's already converted from Right
hand drive to LHD. Check the following:
a. Is the steering assembly welded properly? Not tack weld?
b. wiper arrangement should be for LHD
9) Ask for demonstration no matter how simple it may be.
a. how to turn ON the rear deffoger? heater? aircon? blower?
b. how to adjust the seats?
c. how to open the gas tank? (some are not key-operated)
d. location of your coolant reservoir, where you put the oil, etc.
e. child-lock operation for sliding doors (you can't open from inside)
f. other accessories & features you have inside the van . . .
10) If you are meticulous enough, you can check for lacking bolts,
upholstery screws, plastic covers, etc. inside your van.
11) Check if the headlights, brake lights, horn, wiper, signal lights &
other dashboard gauges inside your van is operational. The basic
gauges are odometer, speedometer, coolant temp. & gas tank.
You're lucky if there is a gauge for RPM.
12) Make sure you get the Registration papers, LTO stickers & other
important documents before you go.
13) They usually give you a free tire jack & a close type #17 wrench
for your wheels. Check where they place them. Also check where
they place the spare tire, if you have time you can check the tire
yourself & have a demo how to take it out under your van.
14) Check if the safety belt is strong enough to support you. Are they
15) It's better to record the number of kilometers your van has ran.
Ask the "casa" if the oil is new or need to be changed. You can
check by yourself the oil level with the dipstick. Is the oil color
black? or light brown? Maybe they can change the oil for free.
16) Basing on what I've read in this forum, the clutch fan or radiator
fan located at the back of your radiator should not rotate upon
turning the engine ON. It should rotate after the engine reaches
a certain temp. with the aid of a thermoswitch.
17) Bring a pen & paper with you & log in every bit of information you
can dig up from the casa mechanic/owner regarding your van.
18) Usually the Casa owner will tell you to thoroughly check the van
up to a month after you took it. So it's understood that they will
repair whatever damage (except intentional) you found out.
Monitor the engine temperature carefully. Have them overhauled
for free if the temp. reaches beyond average limits. Monitor leaks
& have it repaired by the casa. Listen to unusual sounds, etc.
19) Ask for extra key if they have it or you can have it copied later.
20) If you can bring a mechanic with you, so much the better.