Look for underbody and frame rust, evidence of water leaks and rust in the trunk (usually caused by bad taillight gaskets/seals) cracks in the bumpers, electrical corrosion, etc. All these older cars have some deterioration, but the rear under bumper panel is common and not too difficult to fix; I repaired mine with fiberglass and if looks fine. The three shocks that hold the rear bumper assembly on usually rust away too. Any car purchase should also include a comprehensive inspection of all the mechanical systems. These cars are not very hard to repair, but it's best to know exactly what you will need to do to make it safe and reliable, and a rusty car is usually not worth purchasing.
Don't be gormless; get some gorm!
Last edited by catso; 01-21-2013 at 10:05 AM.