What to look for in a 10+ year old Ford Ka

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    I’m looking to replace my very reliable first car which unfortunately had a bus reverse into it a few weeks ago. I had a 06 reg Ford Ka, 29,000 miles on it, near-perfect bodywork. I would like to replace with something very similar – looking to spend between £1,000 and £1,500. I realise I wasn’t very diligent in buying my first Ka a couple of years ago – I don’t remember doing that many checks on it so I was very lucky that it turned out to be as good as advertised. I don’t want to risk that again so I’m looking for a bit of advice on what sort of things I should be looking out for with an old car. I’m looking for similar low mileage so realise the importance of checking that the wear and tear of the exterior/steering wheel/gearbox are all in line with a low-mileage car. Is there anything else specific to Ka’s or just generally? Any questions I should be asking?

    Also, I’ve found a 53 reg Ka with apparently 9,000 miles on the clock.
    Assuming this is genuine (I think it looks in pretty good condition on the photos?), should I be cautious of buying a car that presumably has been sat around for most of its 14 years? Is it possible to have mileage that is too low?

    Thanks everyone!

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    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson

    Hi Lorna. Regardless of whether you’re spending £1,000 or £100,000, you will have a much better chance if you follow The Car Expert’s Ten Golden Rules for buying a car:

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