I am getting keener on upgrading to an EL Fairmont or EL Fairmont Ghia and need to prepare myself for not getting ripped off. The problem is, I am not mechanically minded and have to somehow guard against buying a car that has been in an accident or has a bent chassis as well as knowing that the mechanicals are ok.
I know that I can get someone like the RACV to come out for a price and check the car over but before I do that I would like to find out what things to check for other than the above.
For example, how many kilometers per year are considered average? I hear that 10,000km is average. Is that right? I personally do about 20,000 and so by my reckoning that means that if I get an EL made in 96 then the kilometers would read about 140,00km's.
Should I steer clear of EL's that have over 200,000km's on the clock?
What other processes should I be aware of before hunting down cars?
Any help in preparation would be greatly appreciated!
How many EL taxis have you seen? they would have done more than 200,000kms.
If you are worried about accident damage -get a panel beater to check the car out prior to purchase. They are better than RACQ/NRMA at spotting repairs. Look for consistancy in the paint colour (fluro lights good for this), look for service history, and actually see what has been done mechanically. look at tyre wear (especially the spare), and stick your head underneath to see if anything looks out of place. Drive it and see if it pulls to one side on the road. Also low kms car is not always better if it has not been regularly serviced.
Panels on an EB are date stamped (I noticed that on the inside of my guards), not sure about EL's though. Date should be prior to manufactured date of vehicle.
'67 Mustang V8 4sp... what fun to drive!
Agreed! I have seen a few private seller Fairmonts between 65,000 and 100,000km's so I know that some ppl don't drive as much as I do. Those are the ones I am targeting. I am not impressed by dealers who have Fairmonts over 200,000km's and try to sell them for more than a private seller's with low km's.
I know that as a member of the RACV that I can get a car inspected for $125 each time. I have also lined up a mechanic and a panel beater if I do not go the RACV inspection route and that the car is within a certain radius from their locations. I cannot always hope to use their services if the potential car is too far away and that leaves me with RACV inspections which could be become quite expensive if I look at more that a few cars.
Are there other ways of getting them inspected considering my lack of mechanical expertise?
Also, I have yet to take an EL for a test drive.
I have always assumed that if I go to a used car yard that I might be able to take a car for a spin if the salesman is convinced that I am a genuine buyer otherwise I suspect he will not allow it, and that if I go to a private seller's home to look at a car, I cannot expect the owner to just let me take it for a drive over to my mechanic and panel beater for an inspection can I?
Is that a fair assessment or am I being too negative in my approach to inspections?
Theres nothing wrong with what your saying ... the people who have nothing to hide will let you do anything. ,,,if they want to sell they will go out of there way. they will want to id recken go with you on such trips....
I want to up date to an EL and the like me self but iam to much of a tight arse ..
My ea wagon is a mighty fine truckser but its the age thing thats a concern...
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