Hey everyone, i just bought a 2005 Renault clio mark 3 from a dealer. i thought it was a part ex that he was trying to get rid of, was priced reasonably but the boot lid had some of the clear coating cracking which is the reason for the reduced price. noticed a few things wrong with the car but were minor in relation to the car price such as needed a new rear wiper and the door lock mechanism was loose due to a missing bolt. Took the car for a test drive and it seemed to drive ok but this was the first time i had driven since passing my test. but upon getting the car a later inspection the next morning in clearer light showed:
clutch has an extremely high bite point (less than 1cm from the top) meaning it needs a new clutch (not mentioned at the time by the seller)
large gouge in the front passenger side sidewall of the tyre (done previous to the tyre being painted, so gouge was there before the tyre was painted by the dealer)
massive hole in the plastic wheel arch (probably from when they were jet washing the car)
cable hanging from its housing on the undercarriage of the car (i think it maybe could be the handbrake cable)
The alloys all have the paint cracking in large chunks inside the spokes
The cars history doesn't seem to match the story the dealer told me
Plus when i went to the dealer he just gave me the keys didn't check if i even had a driving license and told me i didn't need to have dealer plates displayed although the car was shown on the dvla website as being in trade and untaxed.
what do you think i should do?? i have a mechanic coming to look the car over tonight do you think i should return the car or get the problems fixed (i bought the car Saturday) and i have an uneasy feeling about the car and what they have told me, it has only been driven home and put on the drive. it cant really be driven anyway due to the clutch.