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#1 Sy1275

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:03 PM

Hi all.
I’m Sy, looking at a mini this week, can’t wait. Fingers crossed it rocks all the right boxes

#2 WillCarter

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:34 PM

Just remember to check all the common areas for rust and have a look at the MoT history of the vehicle too

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 06:19 AM

Hi,

Will... Common areas of rust?

You mean the whole Mini don't you???  :lol:

Cheers  :proud:



#4 WillCarter

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 07:48 AM

Hi,
Will... Common areas of rust?
You mean the whole Mini don't you??? :lol:
Cheers :proud:

Lol true, you could spend the whole day looking for rust and then some!

A few areas though would be: the sills, underneath the battery, around the roof sill (is that what it's called? I can't remember), the A pillers, along the doors, the scuttle, behind the headlights, underneath the doors and the floor of the inside of the car.

Obviously don't annoy the person who's selling it by taking his car appart but at the same time if he's hesitant about you looking here and there or if the carpets are stuck down then you should probably start to worry.

That's why I mentioned looking at the MoT history. Rust will be mentioned in it if it is present, so if it is, especially if it was an advisory for last year's, definitely make sure to check that area of rust!

Then your other basics. Make sure when you see it that the engine isn't hot or running. You want to see the car cold and turn it on yourself. Are there any strange noises/does it struggle to start? Check all the lights and electrics, ask for the guy to take it for a run with you. Watch out for clutch slips, engine noises and noises when changing the gears.
This might be difficult as mini's make a racket most of the time. But any noises that seem out of place.

Also check for any areas of paint that don't quite look right, it might be hiding something!

Check for rot underneath the radiator.

Check the condition of the tyres, although this is minor, if they're below the limit then you may need to trailer it home.

But I think the most important thing is BRING A MAGNET AND CHECK FOR RUST, rust is probably the most expensive and time consuming thing to sort out.

Let us know how you get on and good luck.

Edited by WillCarter, 13 August 2018 - 07:51 AM.





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