Which Car?

Discussion in 'Just Talk' started by koolpc, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. Allsorts

    Allsorts Active Member

    It's ok, dobbie, I am not at all offended by your somewhat aggressive cynicism; a form of Tourette's I'm guessing?

    I hope you'll offer me the same courtesy as I have just given you; to be taken at face value when there is nothing but our respective posts to go on? That's good - thank you.

    I am touched that you are looking out for your forum colleague's welfare, but I'd like to assure you and koolpc that the sole reason I made my post is to try and help him out. The white Meriva is one that I had short-listed as a replacement car for myself. It is still a contender, but my partner doesn't consider it 'cool' enough (the irony) and I think it may also be slightly too small for our use. Other than that, it is the best value car I have seen in ages, and it ticks all of coolpc's economy boxes whilst adding - I think - a lot more than he was expecting.

    I don't know who or what 'Mahnas Suliman' is, and I am absolutely not 'spamming' anything. In particular, I am not trying to take advantage of anyone's 'misfortune'. As far as I can see, coolpc has had an accident with no consequences other than a concertina'd car, albeit one that he was particularly fond of.

    Looking at the advert again, I note that it has a full Vauxhall service history and the remainder of the manufacturer's warranty. On that basis, I would like to know why you would suspect it has been 'clocked'?

    Best wishes, A.
     
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  2. PhilSo

    PhilSo Active Member

    Good come back. :cool:

    I'm intrigued too.

    Who is ' Mahnas Suliman ' Dobs

    PhilSo :cool:
     
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  3. Allsorts

    Allsorts Active Member

    Thank you, Phil.

    I wish only the best for coolpc.
     
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  4. dobbie

    dobbie Well-Known Member

    Allsorts real name, the guy selling the car.I got the spelling wrong on the second name it is sulaman.
    Look at the bottom of the advert name and address is there.
     
  5. PhilSo

    PhilSo Active Member

    How did you connect the two.

    All sorts = Mahnas Suliman'

    ?
    o_O
     
  6. dobbie

    dobbie Well-Known Member

    New member and first post is trying to sell two cars from the same dealer.
     
  7. Allsorts

    Allsorts Active Member

    That's a level of cynicism that not even Tourette's can explain.

    And I hope coolpc only buys one of them.
     
  8. goldenboy

    goldenboy Well-Known Member

    Go for a VW UP.

    Ran a VW Lupo for a while as a second/spare car. Great great car.

    Failed its MOT after 19 years!

    Sold it for good money even without an MOT to an enthusiast.

    Decided to replace with another VW.

    Picked up a 63plate UP on Friday for just over 3 grand.

    5 star safety rating. Huge inside for a city compact. Crazily good fuel economy. Did Chester to Leicester for under a fivers worth of fuel. £20 tax too and Gp 1 insurance. And it is pretty nippy for a 999cc.
     
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  9. AdamClap1983

    AdamClap1983 New Member

    Ford Focus
    Audi A6 Avant
    Mazda MX-5

    Just my preference :)
     
  10. Harry Stottle

    Harry Stottle Active Member

    Beware any personal lease deal. Read the small print very carefully before you sign, they can sting you at the end of the lease for the smallest scratch or over mileage.
     
  11. goldenboy

    goldenboy Well-Known Member

    Always buy with cash in my opinion privately, if not then arrange your own loan in advance and walk in to a dealer/car supermarket as a cash buyer. The personal lease shenanigans are the coming financial crisis. Built on nothing. I know plenty with very low incomes driving 17 and 18 plate cars that they absolutely cannot afford.

    But great news for those buying second hand. Market is already getting flooded with top spec, well cared for pretty new cars.
     
  12. koolpc

    koolpc Well-Known Member

    Nice car. Ex has the seat Mii which is similar. Skoda too have a similar one.

    I would prefer to buy from a dealer only because of the warranty aspect.
     
  13. Dam0n

    Dam0n Active Member

    Have a good look at the warranty they actually provide though. A some of them only cover drivetrain issues which is useless 99% of the time.
     
  14. Joe95

    Joe95 Well-Known Member

    OH has an 59 plate Toyota Yaris. Super cheap to run, 1L petrol and engine stop/start.
    It's had a full service every two years, only thing to fail was the battery last year.

    I can't speak for VW's cars, but I've had no major issues with their vans.
     
  15. goldenboy

    goldenboy Well-Known Member

    The warranties provided are a bit iffy.

    Find the right car privately at the right price and the saving from dealer prices should cover near enough any mechanical failure.

    The UP I picked up for a touch over £3k would have been nearer £5k off a dealer. That £2k should cover most eventualities.
     
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  16. koolpc

    koolpc Well-Known Member

    Bit nervous about buying privately. Once its bought thats it. Any issues with car, tough luck then.
     
  17. ramseyman

    ramseyman Active Member

    When buying from a dealer it's not just whether they offer or you buy a warranty or not Irrespective, if a dealer sells a car he his liable for any significant fault that could have been present or developing on date of sale for six months from date of sale. He cannot escape this liability unless the car was sold as a non-runner or for scrap. Therefore you have some redress but of course you have to compare what he's selling at versus the going average for a similar car.
     
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  18. Allsorts

    Allsorts Active Member

    You are right to be more nervous of a private sale, although some protection does exist; what they say about the car must be true. So I'd suggest - if you are going private - to ask questions via email so that you have a record of it.

    Among the things to ask are the obvious "Does it have any mechanical issues?", "Has it been in any accidents?" and definitely "Is it HPI clear". They must reply honestly.

    What do you think of the Meriva? :) Full Vauxhall service history and remainder of Vauxhall's warranty (no idea how long that is) as well as the implied 6 month(?) warranty of a car supplied by a dealer.

    Higher seating position, comfy seats and easy in-and-egress- great for poorly backs. And that pano roof is a dream.

    Best wishes,

    MS.
     
  19. koolpc

    koolpc Well-Known Member

    Insurance have offered me money for my car now. Accepted
     
  20. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    Good news kools. I reckon private sales are OK as long as you have assurance over the history of the car. How long has it been in the family/owned, does everything seem legit, contact details should be to a private person who is the owner. HPI check can be done easily. If any doubts, walk away and I think you will soon know if its legit.

    Most private sales are perfectly legit, but the odd one is a nightmare. Do you know anyone who knows a thing or two about cars?
     

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