Used Toyota Auris

Whenever you buy a new car you should make certain that you have done your homework before hand. What I mean by that is you need to do some research on the specific make and model of the car that you are going to see. This will provide you with a checklist of things that you need to be looking for and listening out for while you are inspecting each vehicle that you go to see, in order to make sure that they are in as good condition as the seller claims them to be. Even if you think that you know a lot about cars this can be a very handy exercise, because it will make your job much easier if you know exactly where to check and where to pay the most attention. Fortunately for buyers of used Toyota Auris cars I have done your homework for you. So here is your cheat sheet of common faults to keep an eye out for.

Although Toyota generally has a very good reputation for mechanical reliability, the Auris does not rank among the firm’s best cars in this respect. It has consistently been ranked as average by various driver surveys. This means that there are plenty of potential faults that you need to look out for. The most common problem area is the transmission. Look out for jerky gear shifts, or a reluctance to shift gear.
You should also pay attention to the acceleration while on your test drive. Hesitant acceleration could be an indicator of serious problems.

Make sure that you give the brakes a good test, and listen out for a squealing noise. Many people have reported this problem, and although Toyota has issued press releases stating that the brake performance is not affected by this problem, it could certainly get on your nerves and you will almost certainly want to get it fixed.

Other common faults include clutch failures, and a chattering noise from the transmission which the firm insists is normal but which has still lead to replacements under warranty. If possible you should try to park on a hill to test out the handbrake, as some owners have reported that the handbrake can have a tendency to slip.