Welcome Guest [Log In] [Register]
Welcome to Polo3.co.uk. We hope you enjoy your visit.

You're currently viewing our forum as a guest. This means you are limited to certain areas of the board and there are some features you can't use. Please join our community, you'll be able to access member-only sections, and use many member-only features such as customising your profile, sending personal messages, and voting in polls. Registration is simple, fast, and completely free.

Join our community!

If you're already a member please log in to your account to access all of our features:

Username:   Password:
Add Reply
Buying a car? READ this first; Advice on buying
Topic Started: Dec 27 2014, 08:43 PM (99 Views)
Member Avatar
Polo3 Nut
[ *  *  * ]
At polo3 we want everyone to have a easy and successful transaction so here are some tips to help avoid disappointment. We try keep the bogus sellers and scammers away as much as we can but We take no responsibility for unsatisfied buyers.

General buying tips:

• Ask lots of questions, specific ones about things like cambelt / waterpump change. Ask about the clutch and head gasket. These items may not have been changed which isn't the end of the world. What YOU are looking for is evasive answers or deliberately vague answers
• Find out when and how often its been driven, a lot of cars spend months laid up before sale and are claimed to be daily runners
• Examine the pictures closely, are they all taken at the same time in the same place.
• Be wary of pictures take moments after a wash as this is often to hide paint / bodywork defects
• If the seller is reluctant to give you a home address or makes excuses for why you should meet somewhere just walk away, no good will ever some from the sale.
• Do your research on that model of car and find out common problems to look for

Looking the engine over:
• An hour before you are due to meet phone and tell them not to run the car YOU want to see the car start from cold and hear the engine before the oil is warm
• If possible have the cam cover off and view the belt, if there are cracks or ridges visible in the belt it will need changing soon.
• Look for custom loom repairs and non standard replacement parts
• Check the air filter, oil on the dipstick and coolent level, if all look brand new they may have done you a favour or be hiding something. A good way to tell is to put your finger in the coolent expansion tank and run it around the inner top lip, If head gasket failure has happened the 'mayo' will still be present here as people forget to clean it.
• If you see 'mayo' on the oil cap and dipstick in light form it can just be condensation from sitting. If it has any real thickness too it walk away
• Make sure all the gears can be selected fine and listen out for a whine from the thrust bearing

Above all do your research on the car before you go to view.
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
1 user reading this topic (1 Guest and 0 Anonymous)
« Previous Topic · Non Polo · Next Topic »
Add Reply

:: polo3.co.uk :: polo owners club The place for Mk1 polo owners, Mk2 polo owners and Mk3 Polo owners online community, polo club and vw owners forum. Knowledge share, chat and meet!

All VW owners welcome! Mk3 Polo G40 owners, Polo GT owners, CL, Fox, Polo Coupe, Square, Squareback Loon, Classic, Eaton, G-Lader, Golf, Camper, Porsche, we have the lot!

Polo3 are not in any way affiliated with or endorsed by Volkswagen AG or any of its worldwide subsidiaries or associates nor related or responsible for any other related site.

Copyright © polo3 - 2015.