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This rav4 has been kept in great condition for the most part. Very clean and 1 owner, well maintained. I am looking at getting it inspected, when I went to see it i noticed a lot of rust underneath. Is this a serious issue? I'm attaching some images, please let me know.

I understand some rust is normal, not sure if this is considered exessive? Also this would be my first car!
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It is difficult to be absolutely sure, but from this distance, it looks more like surface rust, not major structural loss - maybe tap it with a light hammer and see if there is no major structural stuff

Maybe our members from Canada could comment also
 

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It is difficult to be absolutely sure, but from this distance, it looks more like surface rust, not major structural loss - maybe tap it with a light hammer and see if there is no major structural stuff

Maybe our members from Canada could comment also
Ok cool, for context it was in Saskatoon for a while. I think they would use salt there because it's a cold environment
 

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Looks fine to me

Most important places to check would be rocker pannels and structural areas. Your pics show rust on suspension parts (normal).
Looks like a nice clean example!
 

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You mentioned an inspection and having previously been registered in Saskatchewan so I assume the vehicle is out of province. If so, it would be wise to tell the seller that you'll only purchase the rav if it passes inspection and include the cost of the inspection in the selling price. Typically when people are selling out of province uninspected vehicles there's a reason it hasn't been inspected. Sometimes they don't bother so they can keep out of province insurance rates (Albertans in BC for example, so much cheaper out there haha) but most of the time it's because the vehicle won't pass inspection as is and they don't want to bother with doing the work to make it pass. Here in BC down on the coast they have more strict emissions laws, therefore if the cat wasn't functional or had been removed alltogether, it couldn't be insured until a new cat has been put in. Same with O2 sensors.

Aside from that, as others have stated the rust doesn't look all that bad in the photos, but it's impossible to tell without getting underneath with a small hammer/scraper and seeing how far down it goes. If it's just bits of rust the scrape off, don't worry about it. If you have large chunks of metal falling off, very deep pitting, or holes, leave it and don't look back.

My rav had a hell of a lot of surface rust underneath. I spent a day scraping it all off, wire brushing any errant bits, and painting on a rust paint such as Por 15. Supposedly, Por 15 is the best out there, but it's bloody expensive. I bought a pint of rust-o-leum for the bare metal under the carpet inside. I plan to steam clean the carpets and scrape off any rust on the driver and passenger side as my rav was originally from Ontario where they salt the roads pretty heavy.

I'll see if I can't find some photos of the rust from the undercarriage on my vehicle so you can compare to get a rough idea.

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So these are the photos the seller sent me back when I bought it. They don't nearly show the extent of the surface rust and unfortunately I didn't take any photos before I got to work. I ended up replacing those gas tank straps while I was at it. It actually looked similar to yours in person.
 

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You mentioned an inspection and having previously been registered in Saskatchewan so I assume the vehicle is out of province. If so, it would be wise to tell the seller that you'll only purchase the rav if it passes inspection and include the cost of the inspection in the selling price. Typically when people are selling out of province uninspected vehicles there's a reason it hasn't been inspected. Sometimes they don't bother so they can keep out of province insurance rates (Albertans in BC for example, so much cheaper out there haha) but most of the time it's because the vehicle won't pass inspection as is and they don't want to bother with doing the work to make it pass. Here in BC down on the coast they have more strict emissions laws, therefore if the cat wasn't functional or had been removed alltogether, it couldn't be insured until a new cat has been put in. Same with O2 sensors.

Aside from that, as others have stated the rust doesn't look all that bad in the photos, but it's impossible to tell without getting underneath with a small hammer/scraper and seeing how far down it goes. If it's just bits of rust the scrape off, don't worry about it. If you have large chunks of metal falling off, very deep pitting, or holes, leave it and don't look back.

My rav had a hell of a lot of surface rust underneath. I spent a day scraping it all off, wire brushing any errant bits, and painting on a rust paint such as Por 15. Supposedly, Por 15 is the best out there, but it's bloody expensive. I bought a pint of rust-o-leum for the bare metal under the carpet inside. I plan to steam clean the carpets and scrape off any rust on the driver and passenger side as my rav was originally from Ontario where they salt the roads pretty heavy.

I'll see if I can't find some photos of the rust from the undercarriage on my vehicle so you can compare to get a rough idea.

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So these are the photos the seller sent me back when I bought it. They don't nearly show the extent of the surface rust and unfortunately I didn't take any photos before I got to work. I ended up replacing those gas tank straps while I was at it. It actually looked similar to yours in person.
it actually has passed inspection in BC. it came back in 2021. So that is why i feel mostly good about it. I just want to get a pre purchase for myown peace of mind. thanks for your detailed reply and phtoos! The seller is selling because they got a brand new rav4.
 
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