What should I look for in a used Ford Ka hatchback?
These are tough little cookies. The mechanicals were well proven, largely in Fiestas, before they were pressed into service in the Ka, and they give little trouble.
Suspension faults are by far the most common problem, according to data held by Warranty Direct, but the independent warranty provider also reports that repairs on Ford Kas are about as cheap as it gets.
Electrical problems are the next most likely fault, although there's little to go wrong, since the Ka avoids complicated electronic kit.
Check, too, for rust on older cars - the lower edge of the doors and around the wheelarches particularly.
It's also worth being aware that changing a front light bulb is a really time-consuming, fiddly job. That clearly shouldn't stop you buying a car with a blown light - but make it a condition of sale that the seller changes it before you hand over your cash.