I'm with Jess on this.You can look at it but that won't tell you the whole story. Its not usually the belt that gives out, but a component in the system like the water pump. And you can't always see that there is a problem with it. As said, without service records, I'd buy a kit and get the job done ASAP. If the belt goes on a 1.8T, you'll have engine damage.
Good call buddy:thup:... I bought the car from 2nd owner and did a Carfax on it, but no record of Timing belt being replaced by dealer anyway. I'll bite the bullet and get it done. There is a good non-dealer VW mechanic nearby (I tried a dealer recently and got the impression all they wanted was to soak me for as much money as possible).