What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Polo hatchback?
Despite the Polo's solid nature, it's not without its problems.
Look for damaged paint - particularly stone chips and, in some cases, whole flakes peeling away. Bumpers and wheelarches are most vulnerable, so check these carefully.
A dramatic drop in performance and a warning light on the dashboard can be caused by an ignition coil failure on petrol models. It's not that expensive to fix, but parts can be hard to find. A decent test drive should expose this problem.
The interior generally feels durable, although the dashboard can rattle, especially around the centre console. Again, a thorough test drive should expose any problems. The anti-lock braking control module can fail (signified by a warning light on the dashboard). Don't drive the car - it should be taken to a garage for repairs.