5 Tips on Buying a Daewoo Lanos

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5 Tips on Buying a Daewoo Lanos

Daewoo is a South Korean car company that produced a number of vehicles including the Lanos. Daewoo is still in existence as GM Korea, having undergone a name change in 2011. The Lanos was produced from 1997 to 2002, before Daewoo shut down production. After this, Daewoo allowed the Lanos to be produced under different model names by other car companies. Buyers should consider the following five tips when buying a Daewoo Lanos, which refers to the original three-door hatchback.

The Daewoo Lanos was produced in four different models from the base model up to a luxury version with many additional features. Buyers should be aware of these model types and have a good idea of what can be expected from each of them. Condition, mileage, and safety are three important factors to consider when buying a car. Daewoo Lanos can be bought from used car dealers, private sellers, and marketplaces such as eBay.

Tip 1: Select the Daewoo Lanos Model

The Daewoo Lanos was manufactured in one of four different models during its production history: S, SE, SE Plus, and SX. After 2000, the SE model was replaced with the Daewoo Lanos Sport. Each of these models has slightly different features to offer the driver.

Daewoo Lanos S

The S model is the basic version of the Daewoo Lanos without any bells and whistles. This model has manual windows, dual impact airbags, front cupholders, a rear window defroster, radio, and cassette player. Other features are available as add-ons, so it may be possible to find a Lanos S with air conditioning, power windows, a CD player, or tilting steering wheel.

Daewoo Lanos SE and SE Plus

The SE and SE Plus are the next step up from the base model and come with a few extra features. The Daewoo Lanos SE models include power mirrors, power windows, remote keyless entry, and a security system. The SE Plus also includes air conditioning. Both SE models can have additional features, such as ABS brakes and a tilting steering wheel.

Daewoo Lanos SX

The Lanos SX is the top-of-the-range model with all of the extra features, plus a few more that were not available for the other models. The SX includes air conditioning, alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, fog lights, a security system, and CD player. It was available in a four-door version. As optional add-ons, the SX may have ABS brakes and a power moonroof.

Tip 2: Check the MOT and Road Tax Details of the Daewoo Lanos

It is always a good idea for buyers to determine when the next Ministry of Transportation (MOT) inspection is required and the cost of road tax for the Daewoo Lanos. The MOT is an annual inspection for safety, roadworthiness, and is used to determine the level of carbon dioxide (CO2) the vehicle produces.

MOT Date

When a buyer purchases a car like the Daewoo Lanos, the current MOT inspection validation stays with the vehicle. So, the buyer usually has until the next MOT inspection is required before having to incur any costs. This could be as long as eleven months or as short as a few days. Ask the seller when the next MOT is due and confirm this by looking at the documentation.

Road Tax

Road tax for the Daewoo Lanos is based on its CO2 tailpipe emissions. The emissions for the Lanos vary between 200 and 225 grams per kilometre. This places the Lanos at the "K" band of the 13 bands used to determine a vehicle's road tax.

Tip 3: Inspect the Condition of the Daewoo Lanos

The condition of the Lanos is another factor to consider. Daewoo only produced the Lanos until 2002. After this, the car was made by other manufacturers in countries such as Poland and Egypt under different model names. In the UK, buyers are most likely to find only used Lanos models produced by Daewoo. An older car's condition is affected by how well the previous owners cared for it.


Walk around the outside of the car first, noting the paintwork, wheels, mirrors, and bodywork. Ideally, the paintwork should be intact with few or no rust spots. There should not be any dents in the bodywork. However, these two problems are easy to fix with some paint and an experienced body repair mechanic. Check that the tyres are fairly new and have a good deep tread of at least 3 millimetres. Buyers can still purchase a Daewoo Lanos with low tyre treads, but they should be aware that the tyres need to be replaced. Look at the mirrors and test them to see if the power mirror mechanism still works.


The inside of the car should be well kept with no tears in the fabric. Check that the seat belts still work and that the front seats can be adjusted to a comfortable position. Look under the bonnet for cracked hoses, belts, and an old battery. Start the car and test drive it for a few miles, both at low and high speeds. Buyers may find that the car does not accelerate very quickly, which is a characteristic of the Daewoo Lanos; the car should start smoothly. The engine may be a bit noisy, but this is also a characteristic of the Lanos. Ask the previous owner how often the car was serviced and what the significant repairs were on the vehicle.

Tip 4: Check the Mileage of the Daewoo Lanos

The Daewoo Lanos has been on the market for over a decade, so older cars are going to have more on the odometer on average compared to newer models. However, this is not always the case. Check the odometer to get this information. A car with less mileage could be in better condition, even if it is older than one with more mileage. In general, mileage is more important than age when it comes to the condition of the Daewoo Lanos.

Tip 5: Evaluate the Safety of the Daewoo Lanos

Safety features can help the driver feel more secure on the road and when the car is sitting unattended. The Daewoo Lanos received an average score for protection of the occupants in the event of a crash when evaluated by the European New Car Assessment Programme in 1998. The Lanos scored in the middle range for passenger protection and similarly for pedestrian protection. The low score for passenger protection was given for the high risk of chest injury from side impact crashes.

The Daewoo Lanos comes with many safety features to improve passenger protection including, driver's side airbags, passenger airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, a brake fluid warning, centre high mounted stop light, low fuel warning, and key in ignition warning. The high-end models of the Lanos, such as the SE and SX, also have remote keyless entry and security systems.

How to Buy a Daewoo Lanos on eBay

You can buy a Daewoo Lanos from eBay sellers for an affordable price. These cars can be found by searching from the eBay home page. Just enter the car manufacturer and model in the search box, for example " Daewoo Lanos". To find a particular Lanos, include the year and car type in the search terms. The fuel type for the Lanos is always petrol because the manufacturer did not offer a diesel engine or an eco-friendly version. Read the item description and contact the seller if there are any questions.

Local Sellers

Use your postcode and a distance to find local sellers. Having the seller nearby makes it easier to perform a physical check of the car, question the seller, and go for a test drive. It also means that you can collect the car in person if you decide to buy it, thereby saving on delivery costs. You can also narrow down the search results by distance.


The Daewoo Lanos was produced by the South Korean car manufacturer between 1997 and 2002. Versions of the Lanos were produced after this through licence agreements with other carmakers. Most buyers searching for a Daewoo Lanos wish to purchase a used model produced before 2002. There are a number of factors to consider when buying a Daewoo Lanos. Buyers must determine which of the four models they prefer from the base model S to the high-end SX. These models each come with a variety of features and options, such as CD players and air conditioning. Some of these features come as standard and others have been added by previous owners.

Buyers should ask the seller about the last MOT inspection and how much time they have before the next one is required. They should also calculate how much road tax is due on the vehicle. Paying close attention to the condition of the Daewoo Lanos can help to prevent the purchase of a car that needs lots of repairs. The same is true for the mileage on the odometer. Finally, buyers should consider the safety ratings of the Daewoo Lanos. A Daewoo Lanos can be bought on eBay from a range of sellers.

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