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Do you rave about rav4?

Asked by Les Smyth

I WOULD like to buy a 1997-1998 five-door Toyota RAV4 as my first car. What are the important things to check in a car of this make, model and age before buying? A local car yard is advertising a 1997 model five-door automatic with power steering and airconditioning for $8999. Is this a fair price?

Answered by CarsGuide

11 Jan 2008 Carsguide.com.au

IT'S A Toyota, so be assured it will be reliable provided it has been serviced according to the Toyota schedule. The first thing is to check the service record to make sure everything has been covered. Because it has been promoted as an off-road vehicle, make sure it has sustained no damage as a result of being thrashed through the bush. The RAV4 will handle some light off-road driving, but is not designed for really heavy going and is prone to being damaged by someone intent on pushing it beyond its limits. As for cost, $9000 is a fair market price for the car at your local yard, but you could try to negotiate it down to $8000.

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