How to Buy a Used Toyota Auris

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How to Buy a Used Toyota Auris

The Toyota Auris is the replacement for the Toyota Corolla hatchback. This compact three or five-door hatchback was released in the UK on 1 February 2007. Toyota has positioned this car to compete with others in the lower-medium segment, such as the Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Astra, and the Ford Focus. The Auris comes in a number of petrol and diesel models and has a reputation for affordability and reliability.

Buying a used Toyota Auris is a great way to save money on a car with an excellent reputation. A number of factors should be taken into account when making the buying decision. Researching the specific models and years is crucial; this gives buyers a clear indication of the current market, or book value, and highlights common problems with particular models and years. In addition, a number of checks should be performed when buying a used car. This includes validating the documentation, inspecting the vehicle, and taking it for a test drive. A used Toyota Auris can be bought from used car traders, authorised Toyota dealers, and private sellers that often advertise on eBay.

Research a Used Toyota Auris

While there are several crucial steps when buying a used Toyota Auris, doing adequate research is one of the most important. The focus should be on specific models and years because the market value and vehicle construction can vary from year to year. Look into the running costs, cost of insurance, and cost of taxation.

Differing Features

Toyota Auris models feature differing parts and accessories. For example, a petrol model does not have the same engine as a diesel model. In turn, this means that a petrol Auris does not have the same gearbox as a diesel Auris. In addition, a car manufactured in 2009 may have improvements that are not present in a car manufactured in 2007. In some cases, vehicles were recalled to replace or upgrade certain components.

Known Faults

Understanding what tends to go wrong with the model and year enables buyers to ask sellers the right questions and to check whether problem components have been replaced or upgraded. For example, a common problem across a number of models was that the handbrake would not keep the car stationary on an incline, especially if the brake disks were warm when the car was parked. If the seller never parked on an incline, he or she may not have noticed the fault, but it could mean that the new owner has to replace or repair the handbrake in the near future.

A number of 2007 2.0 litre diesel D4D owners complain of starting problems. In some cases this was due to faulty suction control valves (SCV), which were easy to replace. Some also complained of clutch and gearbox problems with the Auris 1.6 T where either or both had to be replaced very early in the car's life. In certain models, especially those manufactured in 2007, the engine control unit (ECU) was faulty and was replaced as part of a recall. It is best to ask the seller whether this was done and whether the car has had any ECU issues. Multimode manual transmission (MMT) models are not suitable for those that live in hilly areas and some users have experience problems with these gearboxes.

These examples highlight the importance of researching according to the model and year. List the problems noted and either check the used Auris on offer physically for signs that it is suffering from any known issues or ask the seller whether any have been experienced. It may be necessary to call in the help of friends or family when evaluating the car. Alternatively, have a mechanic perform an evaluation before buying the vehicle.

Evaluate a Used Toyota Auris

Several steps should be completed when evaluating a used Toyota Auris. These include asking the seller about the car and performing a vehicle history check, inspecting the car physically, and test driving it. Finding out information before viewing the car allows the buyer to decide whether this is the right car for him or her, and can help to avoid wasted effort and time for both the buyer and seller.

Pre-Inspection Checks

Before arranging to view a used Toyota Auris, find out about the car's general condition from the seller, including its ownership history, the documentation available, and whether the vendor has the right to sell the car. The table below provides a short summary of points to raise before viewing the vehicle.


Points to Raise


General condition of interior, exterior, and engine

Maintenance history

Any maintenance required

Damage and defects


Ever been stolen or in accident

Ownership history

Length of ownership

Number of previous owners

Reason for selling


Last MOT

Road tax and validity period

V5C registration document (logbook)

Service history

Old MOT certificates and other older documentation

Seller's right to sell

Outstanding finance

Name in the logbook

Ask for the car's licence plate number, model, year, tax disc details, and vehicle identification number (VIN). This information is required to perform a vehicle history check.

Perform a Vehicle History Check

When buying a used Toyota Auris, it is the buyer's responsibility to ensure that the car is not stolen and does not have finance outstanding. Failure to do this can result in the vehicle being seized without compensation to the new owner. There are a number of companies that perform vehicle history checks for a small fee. This fee is well worth paying, considering the protection this check gives the buyer. In addition, visit the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website and use the free online vehicle enquiry tool to confirm the identity of the vehicle and the details supplied.

Inspecting a Used Toyota Auris

Always carry out the inspection at the address in the logbook to confirm ownership of the vehicle. Remember to bring the list of common faults, if any, and to add these to the inspection schedule. Never pay a deposit before inspecting and test driving a car. Always arrange viewings during daylight hours on dry days. Artificial light and rain often obscure defects. The table below can be used as a guideline for performing the documentation, interior, exterior, and engine checks.




Original documents only

Confirm seller is listed in the logbook: ask for driver's licence

Confirm the VIN matches the logbook and shows no signs of tampering

Confirm "DVL" watermark in the logbook

Logbook serial number should not fall between BG229501 and BG9999030 or BI2305501 and BI2800000

Accident damage

Paint finish should be even

Different colours or shades on panel could indicate repairs

Spaces between panels must be the same and even

Doors should open and close smoothly

Check tyres for uneven wear; could be indication of problem with suspension

Check passenger dashboard; damage many indicate that airbag deployment requires repairs


All areas where water pools

Bubbling paint

General exterior condition

Dents, nicks, and scratches

Tyres and spare wheel

Check tread and wear pattern


Fluid leaks

Fluid levels

Colour and condition of oil

Top of engine and under oil cap for evidence of head gasket failure

Condition of battery terminals


Mileage should match condition of car interior

Can be confirmed through service history

Condition of interior

Upholstery, seats, safety belts, mats, and carpets

Window mechanisms

Door mechanisms


Condition of wiper blades


Condition of covers

All lights should work

Previously Stolen

Steering column and ignition should have no damage


Air conditioning, radio, bonnet, and fuel cap release should all work


The vehicle checks determine whether the vehicle is roadworthy and safe, and whether everything works as it should. A used Toyota Auris may require some repairs or maintenance; take this into account and factor it into the price of the vehicle.

Test Drive a Used Toyota Auris

Never buy a car without test driving it. Ensure that the person performing the test drive has adequate insurance and be prepared to prove this to the seller. Arrange with the seller to drive the used Toyota Auris while it is cold as this highlights starting problems and indicates whether the car produces excessive exhaust fumes when starting from cold. Before starting the car, turn the steering wheel from one lock position to another. The power steering may cause a subtle sound, but there should be no loud noises or screeching. Turn the car on and take note of the colour and amount of exhaust smoke. Excessive blue or black smoke indicates a problem with the engine.

Drive the car for at least 15 minutes to get an accurate impression of how it handles and whether there are any mechanical problems. Check all the gears; transmission should be smooth and the clutch in good condition. Driving an MMT model could take some getting used to and it may be best to ask a person with experience in operating these cars to accompany the driver during the test drive. Test the handbrake by stopping on an incline and pulling away. The car should not roll backwards or forwards. When braking, the Toyota Auris should not pull to the left or right. Listen for unusual noises from the engine, suspension, and body while driving. Handling should be the same for left and right turns.

Buying a Used Toyota Auris on eBay

Finding a used Toyota Auris on eBay is simple. Type a phrase, such as "used 2011 Toyota Auris", into the search field, which is displayed on every page, to see the items available. Refine your search by choosing the most appropriate category and item specifications. If you would like more control over your search, use the advanced search feature.

Before Buying on eBay

Before buying on eBay, take a moment to evaluate the item and the seller. Click on a listing to view the item listing page where you can find information such as the full item description and images of the car, the buying and payment options, and the seller's feedback information. If you have any questions about a listing, contact the seller by clicking the "Ask a question" link. Look for local sellers to make it easier to inspect and test drive vehicles.

The seller's feedback information allows you to see what other buyers think of his or her products and customer service. Click on the number next to the seller's username to view this information.


The Toyota Auris was released as a replacement for the Toyota Corolla and has been available in the UK since February 2007. These cars are generally found to be reliable and are considered a good buy. Save more money by buying a used Toyota Auris. Research specific years and models to get an idea of the current market value, running costs, and any known faults. Use this information to inform your buying decision.

Always find out as much as possible from the seller about the car's condition, documents, ownership and maintenance history, and the seller's right to sell. Perform a vehicle history check before arranging a viewing. Buyers that are not confident in their ability to evaluate used cars should ask someone who is more knowledgeable for assistance or should have the vehicle checked by a qualified mechanic.

Evaluate the vehicle by checking the condition of the exterior, interior, and engine. Always take a car for a test drive before buying it. Pay attention to handling and driving problems and listen for unusual sounds while driving. eBay sellers offer a range of used Toyota Auris models at competitive prices.

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