February 19, 2012, 11:26 am
How much are you looking to spend and what year are you looking at? There's loads of choice on these particular cars as they've always been popular. If you're looking at one of the older cars, then please check for rust on the wheel arches and floorpan. Welding can be expensive. Mechanically I don't think the Fiesta is known for any common and expensive issues, and with so many around so cheap parts are easy to come by on eBay or the local breakers.
Make sure the engine runs fine and look for obvious signs of oil leaks underneath and around the engine. Ask when the timing belt was changed (if applicable) and check any service history.
Those are the obvious things, usually you get a good idea whether the car/seller is genuine on first impressions. But it's always best to be extra vigilant.
Hope that's of some help and good luck choosing your car!