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**RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 8:17am On Nov 25, 2015
Recently, a quiet member of this Auto section contacted me about purchasing this 2004 Toyota Highlander.

http://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/641735888/overview/

WhatsApp: +436602306454

Although the location of the vehicle**(IA 52402) is far from the nearest port of departure and we would have had to spend $700 just to transport it, we decided to go for it because it looked like the perfect ride.

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 8:26am On Nov 25, 2015
As it's normal practice here at Kakaki Autos, the most important step in purchasing a vehicle is the physical and mechanical inspection of the vehicle by a professional auto technician.

It's suicidal to buy a car just by looking at the pictures. **(Pictures which are posted by a seller who also wants to make a profit). Once I received full payment for the vehicle, I proceeded with the inspection. That inspection, as every inspection, was an eye-opener and a money saver.

It's important to note that during my negotiations with the Nairalander, he indicated that Rust was a deal-breaker.

Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 8:29am On Nov 25, 2015
Lifting the vehicle up to get a good look.

Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 8:33am On Nov 25, 2015
This is exactly what my client warned against. Rust.

Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 8:36am On Nov 25, 2015
More Pictures from the inspection.

Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 8:42am On Nov 25, 2015
After the inspection, I shared my findings with my client. It was a unanimous decision that we should back away from this vehicle. Making sure this vehicle was thoroughly checked before paying for it saved us a lot of money and earned me a happy and satisfied client. The search continues for a better car.

This is what you get when you place your money and engage Kakaki in the purchase of your next dream car. I am here to serve, I don't cut corners and I guarantee you that you will know the exact physical and mechanical condition of the vehicle you choose.


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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by Goodwinners: 10:17am On Nov 25, 2015
Good job. People should learn from this. good luck with the search.

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by carterguccy(m): 10:42am On Nov 25, 2015
Thanks for this!

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 11:20am On Nov 25, 2015
Goodwinners:
Good job. People should learn from this. good luck with the search.

Thanks a lot. I appreciate. smiley

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by Royruky(m): 12:19pm On Nov 25, 2015
I am yet to recover from the mistake of buying a car without this type of search.

The car ended and is still ending a disaster.

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 12:27pm On Nov 25, 2015
Royruky:
I am yet to recover from the mistake of buying a car without this type of search.

The car ended and is still ending a disaster.

I'm sorry to hear this. sad

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 12:28pm On Nov 25, 2015
carterguccy:
Thanks for this!

No piece of car buying advice is more often ignored than this: Have a mechanic inspect a used car before you buy it.

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by Nobody: 1:38pm On Nov 25, 2015
Why could rust be a big problem? And is there a way to arrest it?
Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by Gunbiz: 2:06pm On Nov 25, 2015
hw much was d car put on sale?
Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by ElRazur: 2:17pm On Nov 25, 2015
I think a degree of rust should be expected from a car of that age. I once bought a Mitsubishi FTO from Japan and because of their weather (not as harsh as England's), I treated the underbelly of the car with anti rust paint/solution.

Well done for doing the inspection though.

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 2:59pm On Nov 25, 2015
Gunbiz:
hw much was d car put on sale?

$5,495
Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by Royruky(m): 4:25pm On Nov 25, 2015
[quote author=kakakibuy post=40388713]

I'm sorry to hear this. sad[/quot


That was before I met you. Now that I have met you I cannot make that mistake again.
Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 5:46pm On Nov 25, 2015
Royruky:
That was before I met you. Now that I have met you I cannot make that mistake again.

I'm at your service.

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 5:21pm On Nov 26, 2015
For stubborn carpet or mat stains After vacuuming floor mats or interior carpeting, apply foam rug cleaner to resistant stains as directed by the maker. Work the foam into a few square feet at a time, using a wet sponge or brush. Vacuum when dry.


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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 12:21pm On Nov 27, 2015
Top off your brake fluid Check brake fluid monthly.Wipe dirt from the master cylinder lid before you open it. If you need fluid, add the type recommended by your car’s maker. Never substitute other fluids, such as transmission or power-steering fluid. And don’t use brake fluid from a previously opened container. Once exposed to air, brake fluid absorbs moisture and contaminates easily.

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by Ayire(m): 12:39pm On Nov 27, 2015
kakakibuy:
Top off your brake fluid Check brake fluid monthly.Wipe dirt from the master cylinder lid before you open it. If you need fluid, add the type recommended by your car’s maker. Never substitute other fluids, such as transmission or power-steering fluid. And don’t use brake fluid from a previously opened container. Once exposed to air, brake fluid absorbs moisture and contaminates easily.

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can u tell me how much it will cost to get a passat cc oldest model or a Toyota Camry muscle (hybrid synergy drive ) to naija. thank you
Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 5:58pm On Nov 27, 2015
Ayire:

can u tell me how much it will cost to get a passat cc oldest model to naija. thank you

The oldest Passat CC is a 2008 model. This exact one pictured here will land Lagos port of entry with 3.5M Naira

Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 6:43pm On Nov 27, 2015
Ayire:

can u tell me how much it will cost to get a Toyota Camry muscle (hybrid synergy drive ) to naija. thank you

I guess the Muscle is the 2007 model right? If you want Hybrid, we'll have to step up to this 2009 model here. 3.8M Naira to Lagos port of entry.

Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 12:00pm On Nov 30, 2015
Run your AC in winter To keep your car’s air-conditioning system fit for the next warm season, run it a few times throughout the winter. This will prevent moving parts in the compressor from seizing. Also, circulating the refrigerant will help keep the seals soft and pliant.

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 9:03pm On Nov 30, 2015
Dilute your coolant Your cooling system needs both coolant-antifreeze and water, so don’t pour undiluted coolant into your cooling system. Dilute it with water to the commonly recommended 50-50 ratio. Similarly, don’t use straight water in your system either.The coolant protects against corrosion and freezing.The water ensures good heat transfer from the coolant to the radiator.

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 2:36pm On Dec 01, 2015
Clean your engine There are several reasons to wash your engine at least every year or two. A clean engine will run cooler than a dirty one. You’ll be more apt to tackle routine belt and hose checks and the like if you know you won’t get covered with grime every time you do so. A clean engine will also make it much easier to spot leaks and to service components. Remember to protect sensitive engine components — including the air intake, distributor, and electrical parts — with plastic bags before getting started. Use dishwashing liquid or other grease-cutting detergents and a bristle brush to scrub engine and components surfaces. Rinse thoroughly. Heavy-duty engine cleaning products are available at automotive parts stores. Follow the directions carefully. You may also have your engine professionally steam cleaned.

AC, Car Battery and More

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 9:26pm On Dec 01, 2015
Some batteries need water If your battery has vent caps, remove them to check the level of the electrolyte. It should rise 1/2 inch (13 mm) above the battery’s top plates. If it doesn’t, use distilled water to raise the level to 1/4 or 3/8 inch (6 or 10 mm) below the bottom of the vent cap. Don’t use tap water, as it may contain minerals that can damage your battery. Mechanics should check your battery as a part of your regularly scheduled maintenance, but they often skip the procedure. Be sure to ask to have it done.

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 9:26am On Dec 02, 2015
Don’t forget the filters There are several filters (the main ones are oil, fuel, transmission, and air) important to preserving your car engine, and they should be changed according to the schedule in your owner’s manual or as follows:

Change the oil filter at least at every other oil change — every change is even better because the old filter contains nearly a quart of dirty oil that will remain with the new, clean oil. If you change your oil yourself, wipe the filter threads with an anti-seize lubricant, available at auto supply stores.
Check the air filter every two months and replace it when dirty or as part of a tune-up. Air filters are generally easier to get to than oil filters.You find them under the big metal lid in a carbureted engine or in a rectangular box in a fuelinjected engine — check your owner’s manual for the exact location. Extend the life of air filters by blowing them clean with compressed air.
Despite claims by makers and dealers that some newer fuel filters never need changing, it’s smart to have it done once a year. A clogged fuel filter will cause poor engine performance (hesitation and starting difficulties) and is an early warning that there may be corrosion in your gas tank.
Change your transmission fluid filter after the first 5,000 miles (8,000 km) of driving and every 25,000 miles (40,000 km) or two year thereafter.

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 5:56pm On Dec 02, 2015
Seal a leaky radiator Save the high expense of a new radiator by trying to seal a leak with a radiator sealer, such as Alumaseal from Gold Eagle Co. Available in powder or liquid form, the product circulates in the radiator until it gets to the hole, where it sets up and fills the hole upon contact with the air. Alumaseal may be used to stop heater core leaks as well.

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 9:33am On Dec 03, 2015
Check power-steering fluid Check the power-steering fluid once a month with the car warmed up. If the level is low, have the hoses and pump inspected for leaks. In addition to making your car difficult to steer, low power-steering fluid will damage the power-steering pump. Be sure to use the powersteering fluid recommended for you car

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 5:50pm On Dec 03, 2015
Care for anti-lock brakes An anti-lock brake system is sensitive to moisture, which can ruin the expensive ABS pump and rot the brake lines from the inside. Since brake fluid attracts moisture, it should be “bled” or purged at least every three years, or as specified in your owner’s manual.

Car Engine and Other Systems

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Re: **RUST**My Recent Purchase Experience***2004 Toyota Highlander**RUST ALERT!!!** by kakakibuy(m): 10:03am On Dec 05, 2015
Don’t forget to flush Coolant-antifreeze eventually degrades and becomes contaminated. Flush it from your cooling system as recommended in your manual (typically every two years; every five years for newer coolants). Failing to do so can damage your radiator, clog your heater core, and cause the thermostat and water pump to fail.

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