Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Ford Focus RS hatchback?
This is of course a car that will have been used enthusiastically - and why not? - so it’s worth carrying out checks to the bodywork first. Look at the front and rear extremities of the car, checking for scuffs and dents, and keep an eye on the undersides too, for any signs of potential off-road excursions. Check that the bodywork looks straight, and that the doors and tailgate open without stress, and the windscreen for any cracks. Also check the alloy wheels for any signs of kerb damage, as these will be expensive to set right.
Inside, it’s worth checking the condition and movement of those expensive Recaro seats, as well as doing cursory checks to make sure the sat-nav and heating items all work as they should.