WHEN BUYING A SECOND HAND CAR UNDER 1000 DOLLARS
Get these three things sorted":
- New MOT/APK/Any sort of annual check up
- Check the timing belt/chain mileage
- Soft clutch? Walk away
The first is kind of obvious. You don't want to run into the cost of getting a car ready for its next check up. Ideally you want to be able to drive the car with virtually no maintainance for a year.
Timing Belts can be bloody expensive to repair, so are clutches.
Good tires and exhaust are a nice bonus ;).