Posted 24 December 2012 - 14:18
You can do all those things.
Best things you can do, is look up the car online and look into what common faults it can have and check what might need replacing after so long.
This will give you a good indication at what to look at on the car when you look at it. Other than just checking the car and all the seals for no rust.
In the UK you can get a HPI check, which is invaluable when buying a used car, it will tell you things the owner might not want you to know. As in if its been a write off.
Ideally you want someone like a mechanic to come with you to check everything, but the owner may let you take it to a garage to get it checked out. Also test drive it and listen to the engine for no unusual rattles
or funny noises. Check the brakes, clutch, steering(simple things like tracking). If they won't let you test drive it. Walk away.
Mileage, it depends on the car really. They have different engines and some you can get away with a high mileage. Again, research the car before going to look at it.
I will mention it again, research the car. There are hundreds of websites which give you the type of information, you want to know.