Identifying a Maloo isn’t a difficult job, but that doesn’t mean you should be complacent when it comes to checking out the history of the ute you’re looking at. Start by having a rummage around the engine bay. You’ll spot the vehicle’s VIN plate riveted to the nearside front inner wing. As you’d expect, model code, chassis number, date of manufacture, trim identifiers and paint codes will be visible. Kerb weight may be displayed on a separate identity plaque if you’re looking at a independently imported Maloo (such as the blue beauty seen here) or a Vauxhall-badged load lugger.
Engine covers feature a sticker outlining displacement, bore/stroke measurements, power and torque. There’s also a nifty performance graph for you to marvel at!
When you have all of the car’s particulars, punch them into the DVLA’s free-to-use online vehicle enquiry website. Any stored information relating to passes, fails, advisories and mileage recorded during MOT tests will be available for you to view. Ensure the detail matches whatever the vehicle’s accompanying paperwork suggests.
Visit mycarcheck.com and run a report to highlight even more information about the Maloo you’re looking at. Registration plate changes, colour swaps, accident damage, the number of former keepers and evidence of outstanding finance are just some of the details you can view.
MALOO TRANSLATES AS ‘THUNDER’ IN ABORIGINAL LANGUAGE