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As the title states what do i knew to know/look out for when buying a car. Basically im thinking of buying a car this summer (hopefully a bora, clio or 307) but have no idea where to start so any h… Read More
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9y, 3w agoPosted 9 years, 3 weeks ago
As the title states what do i knew to know/look out for when buying a car.

Basically im thinking of buying a car this summer (hopefully a bora, clio or 307) but have no idea where to start so any help would be much aprreciated

where's good to look (i know autotrader, usedcarni and gumtree)
whats the advantages/disadvantages of the cars i have chosen
any other cars you would recommend

basically even thing to stop me being ripped off
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9y, 3w agoPosted 9 years, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Buy a used car price guide like Parker's
And if you're buying from a garage go to one of the big dealerships like Perry's where the aftercare is good
#2
Get a Parkers guide from the newsagent, will give you loads of hints and tips, and an average price for all cars.
auto trader is a good place to get a bargain, but only if you know what your doing, worth getting the car inspected if you don't, but again all this is in the Parkers guide.
#3
Engine, 4 wheels, steering wheel, seats, optional extras doors, roof, etc
#4
musicals
Buy a used car price guide like Parker's
And if you're buying from a garage go to one of the big dealerships like Perry's where the aftercare is good


i've never heard of perry's therefore im guessing there not ni based

will look into this parkers book thanks
#5
last post was a joke, seriously also almost always get an AA or RAC car check... for the sake of £200 odd they will ensure the car is worth the money and there are on underlying problems. They guarantee this as well.
#6
what sort of age car are you talking about?
if its used then avoid the clio mark 2 like the plague. very dangerous fault on them that renault should recall but won't (as seen on BBC watchdog)
#7
masterbrown, do you work for S Golds?
#8
wolf359
what sort of age car are you talking about?
if its used then avoid the clio mark 2 like the plague. very dangerous fault on them that renault should recall but won't (as seen on BBC watchdog)


about 3 year old or there abouts :)
banned#9
Bore exhaust, 10 Billion Watt speakers, Jackhammers, 3 spoilers, 2 tone paint job, transfers, blackened windows, UV's under the car, lowered suspension, flash alloys, a racing gear knob, neon's on the sprayers, multi coloured valve caps, NOS, bucket seats, chrome brake/accelerator/clutch pads, fluffy steering wheel and novelty dice....

Seriously though....get your car checked, you can find out a lot about whats happened to the car in the past, had a fair few mates who thought it looked ok and risked it to save a fwew quid, but then found out the car has been in a collision or a write off in one case. Don't think the checks are much anyway now....
#10
Bora nice cars the 1.9Tdi version?

PistonHeads good too!!! :thumbsup:
#11
make sure that;

the doors dont fall off

steering wheel aint loose

the wheels are secure

and it has an engine

;-)
banned#12
wolf359;2219761
what sort of age car are you talking about?
if its used then avoid the clio mark 2 like the plague. very dangerous fault on them that renault should recall but won't (as seen on BBC watchdog)

I used to have a megane and I would NEVER touch a Renault again after the problems I had with it, got some huge design faults, like drive belt snapping....then flicks into cam belt = NEW engine, plus they are useles to tell you if there is a recall..... I found out by pure accident that there was a recall because of the brakes having a problem....should have been told over a year before
#13
allstar2
about 3 year old or there abouts :)

which would put you at the changeover between the clio 2 and 3. the 3 is a good car. just avoid the mark 2 (still available as the campus) and you'd be fine.
#14
Bluerinse
masterbrown, do you work for S Golds?


Not at present, missus is pregnant so I've left to be home with her but Barry has said I can return anytime :thumbsup: Why'd you ask?
#15
Unfortunately there are some dodgy people selling cars so there are all sorts of things you need to look out for (not saying you will fall foul to any of these but it pays to be aware of them).

1) Selling a car that is still on hire purchase / loan. Someone may have bought a car with hire purchase or some sort of loan. The car does not belong to them until they have paid off all the hire purchase (it belongs to the HP company). Some people try to sell a car while they still have HP on it.

2) Selling a car that has been involved in a bad crash, or has been written off. Some people buy "scrap" cars that have been written off and then do them up and sell them. Look out for signs of a respray or other major work.

3) Clocking a car. Winding back the speedomoter so it shows it has done less miles than it actualy has. Look for signs of "wear" on the car (worn seats, noisy engines etc)

4) There are also scams on e-bay and similar sites where people try to sell a car they do not own, and ask you to pay by bank transfer or other deal. You pay the money but never see the car.

http://reviews.ebay.co.uk/Vehicle-and-Car-scam-BEWARE_W0QQugidZ10000000002241074

Dont want to frighten you, but some people have lost hard earned cash by buying "dodgy" cars or being scammed.

Some suggestions:

Take an adult (relative, father, older brother etc) when going to look at a car. Maybe someone who knows a fair bit about cars.

Maybe consider buying from a reputable garage. You may pay a bit more but you can probably trust them, and they may give some sort of after sales support (3 months or whatever) in case it breaks down.

Dont buy the first car you see, there ae plenty of second hand cars around, so take your time and find the one that is "right" for you.

Also, the government are starting to increase the tax on certain cars so do a bit of resarch to make sue any car you buy is in the lowest road tax band, and also a low insurance band.

Also, maybe get a book on buying a car, or search for web sites (search on "buying a second hand car"), like these:

http://www.karacare.co.uk/buying.html

http://www.kwikguides.com/Guides/BuyingUsedCar/BuyingChecklist.html

Good luck
#16
I'm in the same boat getting a car in the next couple months.

It would be a good idea to use one of the online insurance services like Quinn Direct or Elephant to get an idea of what insurance will cost on cars you are interested in then factor this into your money.

Are SEAT's any good? I've seen a few of the newer Ibiza's driving around and like the styling.
#17
For a 3 year old car, you'd be best avoiding Renault and Peugeot - both have dubious build quality and faults will be appearing, hence why they're likely to be for sale. :whistling:

VWs are vastly overpriced and are living on their reputation of 10 years ago when they were better made than most of the European opposition. Best bet nowadays is probably a Toyota because they are well made - wouldn't buy one myself because they're so boring but if you want reliability......

It's worth looking at http://www.honestjohn.co.uk. He has a fairly good reputation for giving straight (if sometimes quirky) advice. As to where to buy, I'd use a car supermarket in England (Motorpoint, Trade Sales, Evans Halshaw, DC Cook etc) because their prices are rock bottom and they sell mainly ex-fleet cars which will have been regularly serviced. Don't know who operates in N. Ireland, though.
#18
boydent999
For a better and more industry standard price level checker of cars go to Vauxhall
Along the top navigation, the grey boxers click
Owner
Value My Car

A new window pop's up, and this is the Glass Guide.
That's what i'd use
Do you know much about cars, if not take someone with you who does, so you don't get patronised by sales staff and bright lights :)
Guessing you need that size car too?


Nice tip mate:thumbsup:

Parkers is shite:thumbsup:
#19
thanks to everyone and have no roped a fella into car hunting, he's all into those things so should be on the safe side now as long as i can find some cars i like at a reasonabel price.

Oh the peugeot would only be just over 2 years old and the newer model of the 307 if i was going down that route.
#20
Shengis
Nice tip mate:thumbsup:

Parkers is shite:thumbsup:


What you need (if you're buying from a dealer) is the CAP Black Book price (http://www.cap.co.uk/Products_UsedVehicles_BlackBook.htm). Because then you'll know what the dealer paid for the car. :roll: A great advantage in negotiations if you know the CAP price!
#21
Ungreat;2219867

Are SEAT's any good? I've seen a few of the newer Ibiza's driving around and like the styling.


Seat are owned by VW which means most of the parts are actually VW which means they're pretty good. I have a Seat Toledo (previously a Skoda Octavia) which I took for a test drive despite it wasn't what I was looking for - really enjoyed the driving it so ended up buying it. Underneath it all it's pretty much the same car as the Bora which is also used for the Octavia (slightly stretched version of the Golf Mk IV chassis), many of the parts are identical which is no bad thing. The car will be four years old and August and had no problems so far, just the usual bits need replaced as they've worn out

I'd definitely recommending having a look.

John
#22
Dont forget to pay a few quid for a check to see if its been written off or has outstanding finance. [url]www.mycarcheck.com[/url] Its a small price to pay for piece of mind :thumbsup: And good luck

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