What should I look for in a used Skoda Fabia hatchback?
Skodas are now the least problematic European cars you can buy. What's more, if your car does go wrong, repairs are fairly cheap because parts aren't expensive and Skoda mechanics usually do a reasonably quick job at a fair price.
However, there are a few things to look for and, in particular, check the footwells for damp, as water can drip in through the air vent intakes when they get blocked. It's easy enough to fix, though, as clearing the blockage and ensuring the filter is properly sealed should cure it.
Keep an eye on coolant levels, too, because one of the hoses has a habit of dislodging and leaking. This can ultimately cause engine damage if the coolant levels are allowed to get too low.
If you go for the 1.4 petrol, check the timing belt tensioner, because it can break early. There have also been some head gasket failures on the 75bhp 1.4, so check the coolant for oil, and for water under the oil filler cap - both signs of trouble.