Polo boosted Volkswagen's momentum and became a massively successful car for the automaker. Quality and German engineering were packed in a Rs. 10 lac car, attracting many customers nationwide. The car is still strong, and its used models are in demand. If you want a used car, a Polo second-hand car must be on your wishlist.
Polo has sold over 2500 units month-on-month since its inception; the most it sold was around 4000-5000. People looking for affordable vehicles with a robust build were its customers. Let us see what you need to know to buy a Volkswagen Polo second-hand car.
Things to know before buying a used VW Polo
It would be best to remember that a Polo second-hand car would have its pros and cons, being a used car. You must consider these points when buying a Volkswagen Polo used car.
Check the suspension
A VW Polo second-hand is notorious for its suspension noises. A commonly reported issue in a VW Polo second-hand is a noisy suspension in India and worldwide. The car makes strange noises when crossing bumpy roads and deep potholes. After you drive the Volkswagen Polo used car for 30 to 40 thousand kilometres, you will notice that the car makes noises even on the tiniest roadblocks. It occurs because the lower arm bush cracks. The lower arm bush is essential as it is among the two connecting parts between the frame and the wheel hub. A broken arm bush can lead to a total handling loss. Ensure your VW Polo second-hand does not make any noise before buying.
The electric variants of a VW Polo second-hand car may have window issues. These windows are infamous for slowing down with time and can sometimes get jammed. Sometimes the button stops working and needs to be replaced. It happens because debris gets collected in the window's channels. This debris obstructs its movement and jams the window subsequently. It leads to the motor experiencing excessive pressure, which can burn out if there is an overload. It can lead to the entire channel failing, and you might have to replace every component. Ensure your VW Polo second-hand car has perfectly working windows.
While this issue in a VW Polo second-hand car is uncommon, many people have observed it. The washer jet of models after 2011 has issues spraying water. The washer either stops spraying completely or the flow is weak. It happens because of the split water jet pipe. These pipes are highly fragile and susceptible to damage. The split could lead to water leakage in the electric circuits around the area. It can potentially be dangerous if you are unable to clean your windscreen. Ensure that your Volkswagen Polo used car has a working windscreen washer to be safe.
Recall after the emission scandal
Volkswagen was in the limelight when it was discovered that VW used cheat devices on their cars to clear emission tests. Around 3.14 lac vehicles in India were affected, among many others worldwide. The ARAI (Automotive Research Institute of India) reiterated that certain Polos had modified O-rings that were not abiding by the emission limits. VW India voluntarily recalled its Polo GT models between April 2015 and March 2017 to replace these ill-famed O-rings. Ensure that your Volkswagen Polo used car does not have the same issue.
Power loss or rough idle
Many Polo owners have reported an issue where they have experienced uneven/rough idling on their vehicles. While the car is known for its smoothness and refinement, it is a commonly reported issue. The initial stage is when the idle RPM fluctuates and develops into roughness and vibrations when idling the car. The ignition coil pack is to blame, and the coil can stop supplying voltage timely if left unaddressed. It can lead to power loss and improper ignition. Ensure that your Volkswagen Polo used car does not have uneven idling patterns.
While the Polo enjoys a massive fan following and sales in India, these are a few issues you should be wary of before buying a Volkswagen Polo used car. Volkswagen is renowned for its robust build quality and smooth ride. You can check your Volkswagen Polo used car for any of these issues and purchase the vehicle if everything checks out.
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