Hiding snuggled up
under a cover!
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: United Kingdom
I see its miles from you...
get the owner to photo the past invoices so you can see mileage, or photo the page in the service book where you should have the date, mileage and dealer stamps. You could then phone the dealer and ask them to confirm they did service the car on the day if you're worried about the possibility of a forged service history.
Age is the factor you need to be checking on the cambelt; 10k miles if fine but if its over 3 years it needs swapping immediately - don't even think about buying it and driving it home as you'll have a nasty bill if gives up the ghost. As well as the cambelt (and paraphernalia such as tensioners, balancer belt) the water pump is best replaced too.
A low mileage car could still have problems, so have a damn good look, listen, poke and prod.
If you've never driven one, then go and have a look/ drive of one more local to you first - even if you have no intention of buying it you'll get the feel of what they should drive like, so if the 4k was a badly repaired wreck or had worn suspension say it would feel "off" in comparison to others you have driven.
Last edited by Cup 57; 12-06-12 at 11:41.
Reason: added another thought...