All, I live in Georgia and am eyeing a 2016 Honda Odyssey that has 43K miles on it, but has been mostly in the Salt Belt - New Jersey, Michigan. As expected, being in the NE, there is a lot of rust on the cars, but I need help from you experts whether what you see in the pictures is fine for a 3-4 year old van having been primarily in the Salt Belt. Do the pics give you pause? Would you buy this vehicle? What replacements would you suggest at a minimum?
Looks about normal but what the pics do not reveal is whether or not those steering and suspension components are worn or not due to road salt.
Even if there was zero rust any used car is a coin toss. A pre-purchase inspection can certainly help but even that is not a guarantee of a problem free ride.
I had the same impression as ok4450. Pay a trusted mechanic to do an inspection.
I think the Honda Odyssey may have a timing belt and an interference engine. The timing belt replacement will be a maintenance expense coming in the near future if I am correct.
If you can find a licensed, professional shop willing to replace the timing belt, water pump, and tensioner for $700, I would JUMP on that bargain! Around here, a timing belt replacement on all but the easiest-to-work-on models costs around $1000, and we are by no means a high cost of living area!