Used VW Golf buyer's guide - What to look out for

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  • Cracking second-hand buy
  • What to look out for
When looking at a potential buy, we show you the tell-tale signs of a less-than-sound invesment.

Problem paintwork
Paintwork is easily scratched, especially the darker colours. Some owners complain about paint flaking off the bumpers.

Squeaky suspension
Poor handling, clunks, squeaks and vibration means the front suspension needs attention. Test drives should expose any issues.

Suspicious steering
The steering can make a ‘grinding' noise. Also, the front tyres can wear quickly despite the wheels being correctly aligned.

Troublesome trim
Cabin trim can be a weakness, with rattles and squeaks appearing. The dash and centre console are vulnerable.

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