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6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago
Hello,

Hope everyones have a good sat.

I'm in the middle of looking for a car, 1-2k budget. I've been looking on an eauction site (you know the one) and there seems to be a good few offers.

Any had any problems buying cars off there?

I'll be doing the car check etc, might even go to see the car first.

Any tips?

Any pitfalls to watch out for? Found some £99 cars which will go up in time on the auction but look decent.

Any advice would be kewl.

Cheers,

5nowman
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6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago
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#1
ALWAYS go and view the car if you can.

I had two from ebay, one was as described if not better and lasted 5 years.

The other only just made it home and was sold the next day!
#2
hornblowerracing
The other only just made it home and was sold the next day!


on eBay?
banned#3
Always view before bidding

Make sure you have a spare couple of hundred pounds so you can fix any niggles, as cars of that price range often need something sorting that may not be instantly apparent.

Personally I think you are better buying from auto trader or your local free ads paper, but it is possible to get a deal on the bay....Just remember a bargain is only a bargain if it is a genuine bargain.

And don't buy french...the best cars in your price range are the ones that all mechanics can work on like Vauxhall and ford as maintenance is cheaper.

Edited By: slamdunkin on Oct 30, 2010 17:26: .
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Predikuesi
hornblowerracing
The other only just made it home and was sold the next day!
on eBay?

No, privately.
2 Likes #5
I buy and sell a few cars through ebay to supplement my income as a Mortgage Broker. There are a lot of mis-described cars out there but some genuine bargains if you look long and hard enough. Just make sure you do a proper Vehicle Check before buying - avoid the cheap ones at £2-£4.00 as they dont tell you about Finance Outstanding etc. Better spending a bit extra and being safe. I use Autocheck as I can get 5 checks for £25 but individually they are about £10.
Even if the car has a full Mot it is still best to do a full Mot History Check to see if any advisories were noted as these would need to be addressed over time - this check should give you all the Mot Results on the car for the last 6-7 years and is a great tool to use and is free of charge as it is a Government website - just go to http://motinfo.direct.gov.uk/internet/jsp/ECHID-Internet-History-Request.jsp. You will need the car Reg. No and either V5 Doc Ref No or current Mot Ref No (the current owner should have no problem in supplying you with these details unless they have something to hide).
If you cant view before bidding, always speak to the seller in person before proceeding with bids (if no Tel No. in ad just send them a PM and ask for contact number). You get a far better idea of who you are dealing with when speaking in person rather than going back and forward with emails.
Hope this helps and good luck with your search.
#6
stuart9787, should we do a MOT history check when buying it from auto traders as well?
banned#7
Otto.uk
stuart9787, should we do a MOT history check when buying it from auto traders as well?

Just the ones on ebay as all cars sold elsewhere are always 100% perfect, so due diligence is not required.
#8
cheers for the info!! lots of good tips here!
wonder why its expired :X
will stay clear of french cars. had a corsa for 7 years.. did me good!

Edited By: 5nowman on Oct 30, 2010 19:59: more info
#9
Otto.uk
stuart9787, should we do a MOT history check when buying it from auto traders as well?


Definately - especially smaller dealers as they can often do enough to get cars through their Mot but not do anything about the 'Advisories' that might have been noted.
#10
Check the sellers history to see what he has been buying, it's amazing the number of sellers who have cars for sale with full service history, and have been buying lots of blank service books.

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