Originally Posted by lvan
Upon purchase inspection, is there a way to tell if the cars burns oil ? Even if I take it to dealer? I am sure the seller will not tell me that he tops it up every 1000km..
That's a very good question!
Because you cannot tell unless you drive the car for awhile to see it's burning habits!
I'd say take a good look at the anti-freeze and see if there is any signs of oil, also look for leaks anywhere on the engine... best test is have somone drive behind you and start off in first, almost redline it, and see if there is any smoke coming out of the tail pipe!
pull out the dipstick and check it for any unusual sludge, or on the gas cap! I don't have this problem though...
But typically, a seller will not even mention it. Probably just top it up real well and a bit extra for good measures.
That is why you should take action and ask all these good questions when buying a used car!