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Used Toyota IQ

Buying a used car is not always an easy thing to do. Even if you do take the time to research the values for a specific type of car such as the Toyota iQ, so that you are well armed with the correct information to get yourself a good deal, there are many, many more things that you need to consider. For many people buying a used Toyota iQ, or a second-hand model of any car for that matter, will be something of a lottery.

The reason for that is because unless you are a mechanic with experience of working on one of these cars you will probably find it difficult to properly asses the condition of the vehicles that you go to look at. Of course you can take all of the cars that you go to view on a test drive to make sure that they feel ok to drive and that there are no obvious problems when you accelerate, change gear or break. You can also take a few moments to walk around the vehicle in order to inspect the body work to look for rust, scratches, dents, and so on. And you can also look for leaks and test out all of the vehicles electrical systems to make sure that they are working properly. All of these things will help you, but you can still get caught out, because some problems may not be obvious unless you are looking for them specifically, whilst other things may look like a small problem which doesn’t matter too much to you, but may actually be a symptom of a much larger underlying fault. To help you out here is a list of some common faults that you need to look out for which are specific to used Toyota iQ cars:

  1. Check the top of the front windows, as sometimes the guide rubber can crease causing the glass to drag it into the gap.
  2. If you notice a hesitation from the accelerator when you try to pull away at the start of your test drive then this is likely to be caused by a problem with the EGR valve.
  3. On older models the rear seatbelt clips have a tendency to tap against the body, potentially causing damage.
  4. Keep a close eye on fuel gauge while driving. Erratic changes may indicate the need for a replacement fuel filler and tank unit.
  5. Look for a rust trail running along the underside of the tailgate close to the handle. This is often caused by internal rusting which then stains the paint surface.
  6. There have also been 3 recalls which should have already been fixed but may not have been, so please do check the service history. The first of these related to the brakes, which suffered from binding causing them to work less effectively. The second was a steering problem and the third was an early recall that would only apply to older models, and was due to a faulty accelerator.