Re: Hi all, some advice please!
If it's been maintained well (fluid colours shouldn't be BLACK, from engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid if equipped). If you can get previous maintenance records to be sure that the van has been well maintained that's a bonus. I'm not familiar with vehicles down under, but do a bit more research on it, check online reviews perhaps and most important - take it for a GOOD, as long as you can, test drive! Make sure it doesn't wallow over bad roads (sign it needs new shocks). A lot of creaking over bad roads can mean suspension bushings are worn (nothing to really worry about, it's just annoying to consistently hear them squeak). If it's a standard transmission try every gear, find a steep hill to climb and make sure there's no excessive vibrations felt and the stick feels secure when in gear. If automatic, similar things to try, make sure the shifter goes into each gear with a firm feel. Try the parking brake, check the tires for abnormal/uneven wear (could mean front end components are worn). Make sure all electronics work, from the exterior lights to anything power adjustable ... and so on.
Only you can decide if it's what you want and is a decent buy. I'm not familiar with down under prices either, so I can't compare value to know if it's good or bad. If you see any dents or dings you might be able to haggle the price a bit, or if anything seems out of place or doesn't operate as it should (power mirrors not working is a good example). If it suits what you need and you believe it to be a good price and the test drive shows nothing bad, then get it!
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Amsoil in all vehicles!