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Hello everyone I was wondering if anyone can offer me any advice I need to get a new car- mine is old and I am hoping to part exchange it. I am planning to go and have a look around tomorrow at s… Read More
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
Hello everyone I was wondering if anyone can offer me any advice

I need to get a new car- mine is old and I am hoping to part exchange it. I am planning to go and have a look around tomorrow at some local garages but I will be going on my own as the o/h is working. Last time he got a new car we went together, and I found some of the salesmen talked to me like I was an idiot (without any provocation). To be honest I don't know much about cars so I fear that if I open my mouth that assumption might be confirmed. So, I was wondering whether you have any idea about things I need to ask. I have seen a few cars online which I would like to look at; other than a test drive do I need to do any other checks if I am buying a used car from a main dealer?

Thank you in advance.
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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1 Like #1
You have got to take someone with you and preferably someone with some knowledge about cars...if you cannot find anyone and still go then should not buy anything on the day, whatever you find you really like ask for an appointment to go back with oh. Not worth taking risks..
1 Like #2
Isn't there someone you can go with? Dad/neighbour/random colleague? Discuss with them your budget, what you hop eto get what your minimum requirements are and know for certain you are not going to do anything that day. Have a good lookdiscuss money with the dealer see what your best options are if you go back first thing tomorrow. I know nothing about cars either, but have always taken my dad. I would always ALWAYS advise you buy a HPI report thing, the full blown one for about £19.99 - to make certain the car isn't written off, stolen or has outstanding finance, then sleep on it. Whatever you do, don't get talked into anything there and then. SLEEP ON IT. Go back in the morning, if it's gone, it was a good one, but there will be others. You may be better off selling your privately and buying rather than part exchanging, but I know it's easier that way - so it's up to you. Good luck! And bear in mind, you could take the Stig with you ands till end up with a lemon, so be cautious, and careful, but this won't be a failsafe for dodgy motors.
#3
Thanks people!

I will definitely try and find someone to drag along with me in that case. Thanks for the info on the HPI as well Pennysaver, I will get one if I find something I like. I will be needing something in the next couple of weeks for work, but that should give me enough time to look around and have a good think. I always wish I knew a mechanic at these times.
1 Like #4
I remember when I was thinking about buying my first car and didnt have a handy expert, I used someone from an ad who did mobile repairs.
He came along and checked car over and I was glad he did as it was 2 cars welded into 1.

Always take someone or you will PAY for it later.
banned 3 Likes #5
I'm a bloke, know quite a bit about cars have done tons of work on mine but would always take someone with me for support. You'll always forget to ask something and you have that person to remind you also 2 sets of eyes on a car are better than 1 :)
1 Like #6
I am too impulsive, so definitely need someone just to tell me to wait until tomorrow. Write down a list of everything you want to ask, and a reminder to yourself of what you actually NEED from a car. Mine needed 7 seats, but I was being sold something with dvds for the kids - step back every now and again and check the car they are trying to sell you conforms to what you need, not what they're telling you you need! (Oddly I ended up with a seven seater WITH dvds for the kids!!!) I used experian for the autocheck - cashback through quidco. Definitely worth it, you don't want to spend all your money and then have it taken off you because it's stolen!
banned#7
Penny Saver
I am too impulsive,


Same, they gave me a test drive and I fell in love with the car. Well any car would have been a dream to drive compared to my 1982 ford fiesta lol

p.s. didn't buy it the finance was massive. Decided to save instead.


Edited By: lumoruk on Nov 05, 2010 16:10: ...
2 Likes #8
I'd defo take someone with you, Expect these well known sales tactics "I've had about 5 people ring up about that car in the last hour", Sometimes they'll even get someone to look around the car like their interested in buying it.

If no one will go with you, then look but don't buy until you can get someone with a bit of knowledge go with you.
2 Likes #9
VERY good questions to ask - has it been a taxi/police car/pool car? You don't want any of these! Be interested in it's history. Mine was a disability motor, very low miles, one owner, excellent nick. But some identical cars I looked at had been through the wringer - police cars are driven by maniacs and generally have stuff screwed into places leaving whacking great holes. Taxis are repaired on a shoestring and again, driven carelessly. Pool cars may be well maintained (sometimes) but are still driven by people who would never drive their own car that way.
1 Like #10
All good advice. One thing I would add is to have a look at the paperwork for the car,eg, current Mot Certificate and V5 document. Take a note of either the current Mot Ref No. or V5 Doc Ref No (half way down the V5 on the 1st page on the right hand side ) and when you get home have a look at
http://motinfo.direct.gov.uk/internet/jsp/ECHID-Internet-History-Request.jsp
and get a free Mot History check on the car. Even if the car has a full Mot it may have been issued advisories that the garage wont tell you about (eg, brake pads and discs Ok to pass Mot but need replaced shortly) and you can either walk away or use to haggle a discount or get them to fix before buying.
Regarding selling your car privately or using as a P/X - in the current climate most cars are only selling privately for the same as you would get as a P/X anyway and you would have advertising costs and have to deal with timewasters. The time of year also goes against you for selling privately (too close to Xmas). Most garages will use Glasses Guide to give you a P/X price . To get an idea of the PX value of your car you can use
http://www.virtual-showroom.co.uk/scripts/nuvv/nuvv1.asp?clientId=vauxhall&laf=vauxhall&nuvvpath=b&sessionid=0
Good luck with your search.
1 Like #11
The current MOT (if it has one) will state on it whether an advisory was issued, so ask to see it if it was. My dealer tried to hide this from me, but I did exactly what stuart9787 said, and used that motinfo thing. It also tells you if there has been a break in it's history and you can run your eye byt the mileage info to make sure it's all legit. Everyone thought mine must've been clocked (it's that low!) but I did my checks, it's all good.
1 Like #12
Penny Saver
The current MOT (if it has one) will state on it whether an advisory was issued, so ask to see it if it was. My dealer tried to hide this from me, but I did exactly what stuart9787 said, and used that motinfo thing. It also tells you if there has been a break in it's history and you can run your eye byt the mileage info to make sure it's all legit. Everyone thought mine must've been clocked (it's that low!) but I did my checks, it's all good.


My car failed it's mot, It also stated advisory issued ( For a tyre and worn brakepads ). As it failed I had the failures fixed and on the new mot issued theirs no advisory notice.
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shauneco
Penny Saver
The current MOT (if it has one) will state on it whether an advisory was issued, so ask to see it if it was. My dealer tried to hide this from me, but I did exactly what stuart9787 said, and used that motinfo thing. It also tells you if there has been a break in it's history and you can run your eye byt the mileage info to make sure it's all legit. Everyone thought mine must've been clocked (it's that low!) but I did my checks, it's all good.


My car failed it's mot, It also stated advisory issued ( For a tyre and worn brakepads ). As it failed I had the failures fixed and on the new mot issued theirs no advisory notice.


That's a bit odd. Mine still had advisory on the new cert after fixing the fails - but it didn't come up the next year at all! I think some things get glossed over (like chips in windscreens and tyre treads approaching legal limit). Maybe a different guy did yours the second time around. Still good to know for a new buyer. :)
1 Like #14
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shauneco
Penny Saver
The current MOT (if it has one) will state on it whether an advisory was issued, so ask to see it if it was. My dealer tried to hide this from me, but I did exactly what stuart9787 said, and used that motinfo thing. It also tells you if there has been a break in it's history and you can run your eye byt the mileage info to make sure it's all legit. Everyone thought mine must've been clocked (it's that low!) but I did my checks, it's all good.


My car failed it's mot, It also stated advisory issued ( For a tyre and worn brakepads ). As it failed I had the failures fixed and on the new mot issued theirs no advisory notice.


That's a bit odd. Mine still had advisory on the new cert after fixing the fails - but it didn't come up the next year at all! I think some things get glossed over (like chips in windscreens and tyre treads approaching legal limit). Maybe a different guy did yours the second time around. Still good to know for a new buyer. :)


Yes, Obviously partial retest as well, However I recall other year it was the same, However I have since done the brake pads and tyres..!! anyway.

Anyway, Mot doesn't mean it's a safe car btw, Just that it was legal at the time it was tested, Their can still be mechanical problems so a good mot history will give you a good idea of the cars problems and what it may have failed on in the past but certainly no guarantee...!!!
banned#15
You had me at single female.

Where are you from?

Also, search for angelfairee's attempts to buy a car threads. There was a number of threads about her quest. She's thick as owt and managed it, and people were quite helpful if I remember rightly. Stacked it into a deer in the end though.

Edited By: vibeone on Nov 05, 2010 17:01: dadad
#16
vibeone
You had me at single female.

Where are you from?


Did you not read "my own as the o/h is working."

Funny how they use the words "Single female" to gain more attention lol
1 Like #17
Depending on how much you want to spend another thing you can do is ask to take the car and get it re-MOT'd. Will cost you £30 but will highlight whats wrong with the car. Done this a couple of times and highlighted some faults with my car, nothing major but gave me reasons to haggle down the price.
#18
vibeone
You had me at single female.

Where are you from?

Also, search for angelfairee's attempts to buy a car threads. There was a number of threads about her quest. She's thick as owt and managed it, and people were quite helpful if I remember rightly. Stacked it into a deer in the end though.


No, I stacked it into a deer in the first place and that is why I needed a new car. Please pay attention.

I don't buy all this 'you need to take someone with you' crap.

...I test-drove mine to my daddy.
#19
angelfairee
vibeone
You had me at single female.

Where are you from?

Also, search for angelfairee's attempts to buy a car threads. There was a number of threads about her quest. She's thick as owt and managed it, and people were quite helpful if I remember rightly. Stacked it into a deer in the end though.


No, I stacked it into a deer in the first place and that is why I needed a new car. Please pay attention.

I don't buy all this 'you need to take someone with you' crap.

...I test-drove mine to my daddy.


lol :)
1 Like #20
Dont dismiss a car if it has been a Police car - they may have high mileage but will have fantastic spec and are among the best maintained cars on the road - making them excellent value for money. Just make sure you dont buy an ex-driving school car as that will certainly have had a hard life :p ! The log book in this case may only show a personal owner not a company so make sure you ask the questions, same as ex-hire cars are often owned by agencies not the hire companies so the log book again wont tell the full story.

If you want to look knowledgeable, have a look at inside of the oil filler cap - see if it has a "mayonaise" type substance around the cap, and smells iffy - if it has then the head gasket could be on the way out. And dont kick the tyres lol :D
#21
Sorry for the delayed reply

Thank you all very much for your extremely helpful advice. I had a good look around but haven't taken the plunge yet as there was a lot more choice than I was expecting, and after test driving a few it has changed my mind a bit as to what I want.

I like to think that armed with all the good advice here I seemed to know vaguely what I was talking about (and I didn't kick any tyres either).
banned#22
shauneco
vibeone
You had me at single female.

Where are you from?


Did you not read "my own as the o/h is working."

Funny how they use the words "Single female" to gain more attention lol


Damn. Thread got boring :P

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