When looking for a used Toyota, have you ever wondered how many kilometres should it have on its odometer?
People often joke that even Toyota’s with hundreds of thousands of kilometres travelled are “simply run in” and, judging by the stories of people with a million kilometres on their used Hilux or used Corolla, you can understand why they say that.
Toyota has a very good reputation for building good quality, reliable and durable vehicles. That is why Automark has no qualms about selling high-mileage Toyota vehicles, because often these vehicles are still in a very good condition and they can be trusted to drive for many more kilometers before ever needing serious mechanical attention.
But how do you judge how many kilometers are enough? The answer is: Don’t look at the odometer, look at the condition of the used Toyota that you are interested in buying.
An experienced Toyota Automark specialist will be able to tell from the condition of the vehicle, inside, outside and under the hood, if the Toyota being sold is in fact in a good condition.
For instance, you may find a Toyota Fortuner with very high mileage, but with almost no significant wear on its paintwork, on the leather seats or on the major mechanical components. This could mean that the previous owner travelled long distances at a time, but regularly serviced the Fortuner and never abused it.
In contrast, you may find a low mileage used car with many scuff marks on the dashboard and upholstery, many stone chips on the bonnet and perhaps even signs of oil leakage. This may mean that the previous owner did not take care of the vehicle, drove aggressively (the stone chips are often a sign of driving too close to the vehicle in front of you) and carried large objects or pets inside the vehicle (the scuff marks on the upholstery and dashboard).
Other tell-tale signs of abuse could include a very dirty car, one that smells excessively of cigarette smoke or one that has been damaged and where the repairs are clearly visible.
When looking at a used vehicle with high mileage, divide the number of years by the distance travelled. You may find that the mileage is not high at all for the age of the vehicle, or you may find that the previous owner did drive a lot for the number of years that he or she owned the vehicle.
Secondly, make sure to inspect the vehicle’s service history. A vehicle with a lot of kilometres on its odometer, but with a full service history, may be a good buy. In contrast, a vehicle with low mileage, but with a number of missed services, may be a bad buy, because missed services are often a sign that the owner did not care for the vehicle and it could mean that the vehicle’s mechanical warranty is void.
When buying a used Toyota from Automark, also ask the team to share the vehicle’s background checks with you. Automark will always check a vehicle’s ownership and service records (when it is a Toyota) and will also check and guarantee that the vehicle has not been stolen.
Lastly, do not hesitate to ask for a test drive. Even an old Toyota may still surprise you with the lack of rattles and squeaks inside the cabin and with the comfort of driving it, if the previous owner has looked after it well.