You're still going to have to take it to a mechanic
You'd take a beater normally, but if you think this "gem" doesn't need it, you'd be wrong. Regardless of the miles, “Mechanics can tell you about any obvious problems the car’s had,” says Findley. “You could tell a lot more if you could have them break down the engine, but that’s not something you’re going to do.” Definitely not.
Looks can be deceiving
That irresponsible, fun sports car with low miles might be a better choice than the innocuous sedan with the same wear and tear. “Performance cars, sports and muscle cars -- a lot of the time these guys are changing the oil often, and winterizing their car,” says Findley. Even if you show up and the guy’s got meatball stains on his tank top, don’t run -- chances are he treats his car better than his clothes.