Lotus continues its tradition of using composite materials for the bodywork of the Evora. As evidence of the Evora being a car aimed at buyers who would use it everyday, the front and rear bumpers are constructed as separate sections to the main front and rear clamshells. This makes them easier to repair or replace in the event of a low speed collision.
Bump stops here can push into the body panel
The bodywork is very well put together at the factory, so it is worth checking the panel gaps for any hint of accident damage. While inspecting the body, check the door handles on early cars as they can fail due to the plastic support breaking inside the mechanism so the door handle pin hangs loose. It's possible to fix this at home with epoxy resin glue, though removing the handle to repair it is fiddly.
Replacing the pollen filter often gets overlooked, even during a scheduled service, but it's a simple five-minute job and helps maintain the car's ventilation system.
Rear tailgate rubber bump stops can push into the body panel over time or if the lid is slammed shut. The rubber stops can be screwed out again to ensure a tight, even fit of the tailgate.
Keeping the Evora's bodywork in good condition is greatly aided by reversing sensors, so look for these as a factory-fitted option. There is also an optional reversing camera, though owners we spoke to were not so bothered about this as they were for reversing sensors.
"Only one minor problem during my ownership was the reversing camera was bust when I bought it so needed replacing. This seems to be a common fault with early cars."