One of the best things about getting a Volkswagen is the kind of reliability you can expect from most of their ranges. That is only truer of getting a Polo. More recent Polos are showing even better levels of eco-efficiency to go along with that reliability. But it also makes it a fine choice for a used car. So, what do you have to do to make sure you’re getting a good deal on a used Polo?
Why you want to
There are plenty of good reasons to want a Polo. The soft suspension makes it one of the comfiest rides you’re going to enjoy and it has a good deal of space for the size of the small car. Even entry level Polos like the S come with a few fancy tech accompaniments like a touchscreen and dab digital radio. As for going used, rarely will they let you down. Both the Ancap safety ratings and Used Car Safety Ratings consistently rank VWs amongst their best performers.
Ask the people in the know
If you want to make sure you’re getting a legit deal, that a Polo is priced fairly and that you can handle the running costs, then get some advice from people who know what it’s like to own one. Most countries have their own Club Volkswagen (because of course they do). They can tell you what you should expect from the car and how you should expect it to handle, as well as how to best care for it after you’ve actually bought the thing.
Make sure you get a quality service
If you’re not buying from a dealership, then you might be missing some of the services and warranties that other VW owners might take for granted. To that end, it’s a good idea to pair up with a car mechanic with a more comprehensive approach to safety checks and inspections, log book servicing and the like. If you want to see what kind of service you should expect, then get them to do a pre-purchase investigation of the car.
Take it for a test drive
Once your mechanic gives you the go ahead and you have an idea of what to expect from members of Club Volkswagen then you need to put the car to the test yourself. When you first get in the car, check all the adjustments are working fine, like in the chair and the mirrors. You need to make sure you can get an extended view from them to remain safe on the road, after all. It’s a good idea to try the streets more than the open road, where you can spot any visibility issues with the car, too. Then put the car through its paces, taking plenty of opportunities to test the braking, steering, suspension, and acceleration. Make sure the car does what it’s supposed to before you take it.
VW Polos are one of the few cars that is rarely much of a worse deal when you buy it used. But you still have to be careful, ensuring you put the seller and the car through all the essential checks before you drive away with your new car.