Sunday, January 12, 2014

Origin of the Species

For sale: great car, low mileage and original condition. Sounds perfect right?

It could well be, but if there's one descriptor that catches people out, it's the term "original condition".

How do you know a car is truly original? If it's on the 2nd or 3rd owner, the glossy manufacturer’s brochure is probably long gone, and the manual could have vanished, too. Without any visual reference, you're reliant on the integrity of the seller, along with a lot of guesswork.

Consider searching online as your ultimate guide to original condition, because there's a whole world of images out there for every car. Search images for a 2005 Toyota Corolla hatch. You'll get official photos from the factory, shots from road tests at launch time, owner's and seller's shots, all showing the car as made and sold new. You'll also see photos of what it shouldn't look like with decidedly unoriginal personal touches!

When you find a car selling in original condition, but you're not sure about the multi-coloured stripes, alloy wheels and rear spoiler, just do a check online to see what "original" really looks like. Or come and talk to us at Carzoos where we're about making used car buying as stress free as new car buying!

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