Birgit
Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 27th Jan 2005
Total posts: 4145
Posted:anyone got any advice for buying a cheap used car in the UK? (up to 1000-ish)

Have checked out the autotrader website but that shows me "scottish" cars in London and doesn't have much in the way of cheap anyways... Arnold Clark doesn't even start under 2000 either.

Ideally, if anyone works for a (reliable) used car trader let me know!


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maus
maus

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Sihanoukville, cambodia
Member Since: 14th Jul 2005
Total posts: 4191
Posted:My brother is a used car salesman.

Things to look out for:

#If possible only buy a car with full or almost full service history.

#Make sure the car you buy has a guarantee with it. Most reputable used car sales company will give you 3 months free and then give you the option of buying a longer term guarantee if you so wish.This is ALWAYS worth it. For the sake of spending an extra 100 you can get up to a years guarantee.

#If you do get a guarantee...read the small print. No garage wants to pay out for something after they've sold it, and sometimes the terms and conditions of the guarantee can be ridiculous.

#The car you are buying should have a recent service certificate, if its anything older than 3months...I would advise against it. Also if you find a car that you do really like, and it hasn't been serviced for longer than that, some good used car garages will re-service it for you before you buy it.

#If you pay a deposit, get a full receipt and a signature from whoever you handed the money over to.

#I don't know if you are part exchanging or out right buying but if you part exchange get your car valued first. You can do this from any good car values magazine or here. You won't get that price for your car as that is the price the garage will expect to sell it at, so expect a couple of hundred quid less at least.

Er...will pick his brains a bit more later! biggrin

Hope that helps!


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Mr_Chutney
Mr_Chutney

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Location: Herefordshire
Member Since: 18th Apr 2003
Total posts: 1711
Posted:If a car looks too good to be true, get it HPI checked. This will reveal its history, for example if it was written off or involved in an accident etc. A friend of mine HPI checked a car that he absolutely loved and looked immaculate- turns out that 7 years about it was a category B write off.

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maus
maus

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Sihanoukville, cambodia
Member Since: 14th Jul 2005
Total posts: 4191
Posted:rolleyesKnew I'd forgotten something!Well done Chutney!

Also, the best way to find out if a used car dealer is reputable, ask friends/people at work/relatives or anyone else you know where they've been to get one, there's nothing better than a personal reference!


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Birgit
Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 27th Jan 2005
Total posts: 4145
Posted:Thanks a lot guys smile

Am waiting to hear back from my colleague's dad who tests MOTs cars and knows lots of people that sell, but in case that doesn't work out... lots of good tips, cheers biggrin

will be my first car that drives on the left side, so wish me (and the rest of Britain) luck ubblol


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Dunc
Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:*decides to avoid the roads around Edinburgh* wink

Auctions are good for bargains but you need to know what you're looking for BEFORE you buy it. So if you're not to savvy on cars take someone with you who's very savvy. Have a good luck around before the auction starts and never go above the limit you set yourself.

Auctions have a bad reputation but really there are lots of garages selling their part ex's and such. And also private sellers who want rid of their old car quickly now they have a new one. But always air on the side of caution, like chut says if it looks to good to be true it probably is


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Birgit
Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 27th Jan 2005
Total posts: 4145
Posted:Nah, I'm not that good with cars and I've actually found a really good piece of advice on a used cars website:

"If you have a friend who says they're good with cars, don't trust them because they're usually NOT but won't pay for your repairs" or something like that wink

My colleague's dad has found a corsa for 700 quid that I could get fully MOT-ed and serviced, so I think I'll go for that. By the way I DID drive for about an hour or so in Ireland last year and apart from the multi-laned roundabouts (which I've only ever encountered in Italy before, and they don't have traffic rules anyways) it was all fine. I thought I'd get really confused with the gearstick in my left hand, but it was all good smile


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Dunc
Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:You can use places like THIS to find what price you should be paying for cars too. It can be very useful to see if you're paying to much or getting a bargain smile

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