I had this 2003 Honda Civic checked out by a mechanic before I bought it, and the mechanic said
it looked like the timing belt hadn't been changed he couldn't tell if the timing belt had been changed. How would they have checked this?
The woman who drove the car didn't protest when they said this, but later, the boyfriend who actually owned the car disagreed, and said it had been changed by the dealer before they bought it, within the last year or so.
I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a precautionary measure if it's already been done. Is there any way to tell without actually taking the entire engine apart, to the point where you might as well replace it anyway?