Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Vauxhall Astra hatchback?
Many Astras will have gone to lease and rental car firms when they were new, so it is worth checking your potential purchase for marks to the bumpers, kerbed alloy wheels and any marks on the seats.
Check the service history on cars that have done high mileage as the cambelt needs changing every 100,000 miles. Vauxhall does have this job listed as part of its fixed-price servicing scheme. If you cannot find any record of the work having been carried out, then check out Vauxhall’s website and haggle, or budget, accordingly.
If your Astra has a diesel engine, then it is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). This means that the car will need to be taken on frequent motorway journeys to ensure that the DPF can regenerate, as this process is only triggered at high speed. Check how the previous owner has used the car if you are unsure.
Other potential problems with the DPF-equipped cars come if it has been shut off partway through a regeneration. The result is contamination of the oil system with fuel, which leads to the oil level rising gradually over time. This can cause damage to the engine, if it hasn’t already, so it’s worth getting the car checked out.