The secret to buying a GOOD used car!

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  • #81587 Reply

    Shawn
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    Not so much a secret as obvious?

    It is more about the person your buying the car from than the car itself.

    If you don’t know anything about cars you can still buy a good car.

    The thing to do is buy a car from a pensioner in an affluent area.

    And talk to them,have they liked the car would they have another like it. They are usually painfully honest. How long have they had it? (wants to be more than a year)Most of all HPI it sometimes as I found out last week they may not own the car and not know.

    20 years of trouble free motoring with no breakdowns and servicing myself.?

     

    East Yorkshire.
    Still looking for an EV I can get my wheelchair in or has not got a ridiculous AP!

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  • #81593 Reply

    Philjb

    Er that’s no guarantee of a good car? The seller could be a dealer in disguise.

    Plus i’d never be able to service a car myself, no way.

     

    I think a better  way is from a proper dealer with a good reputation and a guarantee thrown in, or bought yourself.

     

    But still the scheme is the safest bet if you’re chronically disabled. Plus you get the latest safety tech. ??

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    Shawn
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    Those pesky dealers wearing prosthetics and pretending to be pensioners will get you every time.??

    East Yorkshire.
    Still looking for an EV I can get my wheelchair in or has not got a ridiculous AP!

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    POPS
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    Just throwing this into the mix …. Three year old low mileage cars might look attractive but they can hide the problems associated with repeated short journeys in urban areas. Engines need to be run at higher speeds regularly in order to clean themselves efficiently.

     

    #81613 Reply

    Rhodi

    I wouldn’t take advantage of an OAP, besides they have very bad driving habits accumulated over decades of driving. Riding the clutch for one and they think nothing of touching another cars bumper when reverse parking. Then there are the car parks where the OAP thinks every car still has door bumpers and again thinks nothing of banging his door into the next vehicle and leaving his mark. Oh you may find one careful OAP owner with low mileage that has pottered about town in 3rd gear, never been on the motorway with it, missed the odd service here and there and no gas in the air con but yeah on the whole I would say most savvy  OAP’s can sell their clapped out old banger to just about anyone.

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    Wigwam
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    Best bargain I ever had was a Jaguar S-Type 3 litre Sport automatic. It was 4 years old with 120,000 miles on it. Got it for silly money off eBay. Full service history, no faults, drove like a new car and I kept it another 5 years.  The original owner’s daily drive was from the West Midlands to South Wales and back.

    #81622 Reply

    Philjb

    I’d love to be able to service my own car. But it’s out for me.

    I paid zero Ap for my 37 grand car and I can afford the loss in benefits, as it’s still a bargain for someone living in London.

    I get congestion charge and clean air zone free.

    The dartford crossing free.

    Free road tax, a lot on an expensive car like ours. Then insurance for my 25 year old daughter and my other kids I can add if I need with just a call.

    A quote for that would be many thousands in a London post code.

    So my days of running bangers is over and I’ve ran many over the years. Now I want comfort, peace of mind and no stress  ?

     

    I have a main dealer a mile away, I can pop in for a levels check or service when needed.

    Being 4wd I’ll need 4 new tyres soon 19 inch, that’s at least £200 a corner probably more.  Just from a phone call.

     

     

    #81623 Reply

    Persuader

    Absolute rubbish. Stereotyping belongs in the past.

    I’ve bought at least 20 second hand cars and the reliability and success of the purchase had little to do with the seller’s personal characteristics. Instead, as a non mechanically minded person, I always took a mechanic along to scrutinise the vehicle. On a disability forum to suggest that we do the servicing is just as ludicrous. (I’ve got an even more cost effective idea- build your own car out of a tin of beans, a cotton bud and four cardigan buttons…..!)

    Also, I’m not keen on a 30 year old Austin Rover with beaded seat covers, thanks very much. AND you say older sellers don’t even know if they own the blooming thing- great start!!

     

    #81628 Reply

    POPS
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    Everyone has their own opinion on this subject. Let’s respect each others right to post our views. Remember, we each start from a different position which is influenced by our own experiences.

    Some of us are disabled, some of us are carers and this will often result in widely different viewpoints.

    Cheers.

    #81650 Reply

    Philjb

    Agreed pops but I’m a disabled carer when I’m not getting cut open and screwed back together.

    I wouldn’t suggest to anyone with no mechanical knowledge to service their own car, that could be dangerous.

    Yes you see dodgy part time car dealers. Use their elderly mums or dads to sell cars from home. As they then don’t need to offer a warranty. Plus they can sell cars with known faults and it’s just buyer beware.

    Yes they will tell you their life story to sell a car.

    I would be very cautious about buying any second hand car if your severely disabled or a disabled carer or a carer that knows nowt about cars.

    Yes we all have our own opinion and this is mine, I’d hate to waste money on a dog of a banger then have to spend loads to get it road worthy.

    My first choice would be studying AP prices on the scheme and discounts and making a choice as to which brand new car suits you best.

     

    #81659 Reply

    Menorca Mike
    Participant

    What used car can I buy to put in my garage and make money in a few years ? Audi A4 cabriolet final edition ?

    BBC Breakfast expert, VW Golf driver.

    #81661 Reply

    Shawn
    Blocked

    Any good condition car with low mileage and few owners will make money if you keep it long enough.

    I have been watching that “Bangers and Cash” on UKTV and some of the prices they get for cars I literally threw away in the 80’s, its ridiculous.?

    East Yorkshire.
    Still looking for an EV I can get my wheelchair in or has not got a ridiculous AP!

    #81664 Reply

    Menorca Mike
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    I had an XR3i in 1988 but when you see them now look very dated but going for £30.000 !, I love looking at used cars on eBay listing what’s been done to them and then saying just slight smoke coming from exhaust or knocking sound lol ! Weren’t British Leyland an embarrassment the ital maxi princess metro rover SDi rubbish after rubbish yet people bought them ! Did they strike with Red Robbo if not enough bacon in the sandwich lol

    BBC Breakfast expert, VW Golf driver.

    #81678 Reply

    Wigwam
    Participant

    Yet, if you had one of those BL cars today in perfect nick it would be worth stupid money, despite being awful.  Mundane cars lost value fast, were neglected and scrapped where more esoteric ones were looked after and survived.

    #81681 Reply

    Philjb

    I passed my test in a mk2 escort  1.1L

    i saw one in original condition on Shpock near me up for £14k???

    But yes when you think of the long list of 70’s and eighties cars you scrapped or sold for peanuts.

    I’d be a millionaire. lol.

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