Let the buyer be­ware

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -

Afew tips to con­sider be­fore buy­ing a used car. Has the odome­ter been changed? low-kilo­me­tre car is a good find, but how can you tell if the odome­ter has been tam­pered with? * Look closely to make sure the num­bers line up. * Check the ser­vice his­tory thor­oughly for pre­vi­ous kilo­me­tre record­ings and make sure they match the his­tory of the car.

* Look for wear and tear or sus­pi­ciously new parts. For in­stance, worn rub­ber ped­als are eas­ily re­placed so it’s worth ques­tion­ing why such items have been re­placed.

* A worn driver’s seat is more ex­pen­sive to re­place and may be a warn­ing sign of more use than the odome­ter sug­gests.

* Ex­ces­sive stone chips on the bon­net also could in­di­cate a car has done more dis­tance than ad­ver­tised.

Hy­brid per­former: Toy­ota’s hy­brid Camry will serve as a pace car for NASCAR.

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