Hey Lifehacker, I would like to know if it is worthwhile buying an ex-mining vehicle (used above ground only)? I am considering purchasing a 2005 Navara for $6500 — RedBook values it at $10000 or more. Any thoughts? Thanks, Miner Matter
As with any used-car purchase, it depends on the overall condition. As a mining vehicle, it's likely to have been exposed to harsh terrain on a more frequent basis than your typical 4WD. It will also have more kilometers on the odometer; especially if the mining site is in the middle of nowhere.
You need to be very wary if the seller is sketchy about the history of the car — at the very least, you'll want to see a detailed log book including mechanic receipts. This will give you an idea of what kind of wear-and-tear that the car has been through, which is a good thing to know when you're dealing with a mining vehicle.
If the seller hasn't been keeping their log book up to date, ask for the contact details of their mechanic. They should be able to provide you with all the service records. Being a company-owned vehicle, it's extremely likely that any repairs and services will have been done at the same place, which should make record hunting easier.
Other things to be mindful of are the engine (does it take petrol or diesel?), towing capacity (is it more car than you actually need?) and pickup location (travelling all the way to the Telfer desert probably isn't worth it.)
Do any readers have experience with ex-mining vehicles, either from the buying or selling end? If so, feel free to share your tips in the comments section below.
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