The Vauxhall Nova is highly coveted, due in part to its inexpensive running costs as well as its respectable performance and handling. When buying a pre-owned Vauxhall Nova, consider condition and vehicle history; doing so not only helps you maximise the return on investment, but it also ensures a safe and dependable ride. Whether getting the help of a professional mechanic or examining the car yourself, knowing what to look for is key.
Thoroughly examine both the exterior and the interior. The car body should be free of rust, dents, scratches, and other imperfections that decrease its value. Still, the interior seats and upholstery should not exhibit any signs of tears, rips, or stains. Early Vauxhall Nova SRs have brown or grey Recaro seats; this fabric is no long in manufacture, making repairs difficult. Holes in the floor should also be of concern as should the lingering presence of car odours. While normal wear and tear is to be expected, the total cost should factor in these imperfections.
Be sure to examine the brakes; you should not feel any vibration from the brake pedal or hear any squealing or strange noises. Brakes that pulsate likely need to have their rotors resurfaced or replaced, and new brake pads installed. Moreover, inspect the car engine for any signs of leaks or corrosion; dark brown oil stains indicate a leak in a gasket. While under the bonnet, also check the fluids in the radiator and the oil. If either is low, it could be due to leakage. Additionally, check the Vauxhall's timing belt; be weary of old belts that are cracked or drying. The petrol gauge is also cause for concern, as many early Novas have a faulty sender unit design that proves expensive to fix. Still, all 1985 1.3 Vauxhall Nova SRs have twin choke carbs with auto chokes, which are prone to failure, especially given colder weather conditions; these Vauxhall Nova parts are costly to repair.
Mileage and Service History
Check the Nova's odometer for the mileage, as this helps indicate the car's age. Generally speaking, the average motorist drives 20,000 km per year. If the car has been driven more than this amount, it may greatly reduce its value. Still, highway driven miles are preferred over city driven miles, as the constant stop and go takes a toll on its mechanical components. Lastly, do not neglect the car's service history, in regards to performance, repairs, and problems.