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22 hours ago, 86 points said:

Lots of second hand bargains out there. Not his first car but bought the lad a Audi a3 1.9 TDi Sport with 82K (2004 plate) for £995. Nippy without being daft

I'd classfy a mini metro as being nippy, a turbo diesel audi will have some serious bhp under the bonnet 

 

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7 minutes ago, reveldevil said:

Off to the auctions tomorrow to take a look at a Punto.

12 years old, a few dents and scratches and generally untidy looking, but only 8k on clock with a full annual service history, and MOT till December.

Even book price is only around £600, so hoping it's a bargain.

Why would you do an annual service on a car that was only driven for about 750 miles every year

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2 minutes ago, FindernRam said:

Avoid an temptation to put yourself as lead driver on it. Insurance companies are cracking down on that big time!

I know, want him to build up his NCD anyway, but it brings the insurance down anyway with me as second driver.

I used to stick the missus on as named driver, once an insurance agent told me it would bring the premium down.

At the time, I'd been driving claim free for nearly a decade, and she only had a provisional having failed the test 5 times already, and it took a massive chunk off!

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23 hours ago, reveldevil said:

What's the sort of thing my lad should be looking at as a first car?

Is it better to buy/rent a new small car for the cheaper insurance, or does it make more sense to buy an older car, pay more insurance but not care if it ends up knackered?

For example, he could buy a Honda Jazz 1.4 for £1250 and pay the same in insurance, or a Seat Mii new for £150 a month but insurance is £500 less.

Personally I'd go for the older car, thinking you're bound to get a few as scrapes as you're still learning, just looking for advice really.

No brainer buy an older car with a smaller engine. Might want to look at vehicle telematics to reduce the insurance cost further 

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8 minutes ago, Inglorius said:

Why would you do an annual service on a car that was only driven for about 750 miles every year

 

11 minutes ago, sage said:

sounds dodgy, why is it in such bad condition for 8k miles

No idea, it's quite hard to tell how bad it is from the pictures, and because it's older than 10 years they don't specifically list the faults in a condition report.

As for the servicing, I know I wouldn't do it, but the mileage is verified by the MOT certificates and the stamped service book is present.

It's listed as stage 4 condition, out of 5, but I won't lose anything by taking a look.

Tbh, it's years since I've bought a banger, had a drive around today for a few hours at the sort of places I used to buy cars from, but they're mostly hand car washes now!

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1 minute ago, reveldevil said:

 

No idea, it's quite hard to tell how bad it is from the pictures, and because it's older than 10 years they don't specifically list the faults in a condition report.

As for the servicing, I know I wouldn't do it, but the mileage is verified by the MOT certificates and the stamped service book is present.

It's listed as stage 4 condition, out of 5, but I won't lose anything by taking a look.

Tbh, it's years since I've bought a banger, had a drive around today for a few hours at the sort of places I used to buy cars from, but they're mostly hand car washes now!

tbh every car I have bought privately has been good and every car I have bought from a garage has been a nightmare

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18 minutes ago, reveldevil said:

 

No idea, it's quite hard to tell how bad it is from the pictures, and because it's older than 10 years they don't specifically list the faults in a condition report.

As for the servicing, I know I wouldn't do it, but the mileage is verified by the MOT certificates and the stamped service book is present.

It's listed as stage 4 condition, out of 5, but I won't lose anything by taking a look.

Agreed if it's cosmetic bumps and dings then I wouldn't be bothered at all, if half the wheel arches and sills are corroded with rust then probably best to walk away.

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Against my advice my daughter has spent 3 grand on her first car which looked really nice until she scraped the front corner on a car park wall within a month. Now looks awful £250 for repair/respray.

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1 hour ago, reveldevil said:

Off to the auctions tomorrow to take a look at a Punto.

12 years old, a few dents and scratches and generally untidy looking, but only 8k on clock with a full annual service history, and MOT till December.

Even book price is only around £600, so hoping it's a bargain.

Only 8k on the clock but with a few dents and scratches - someone been playing bumping cars?

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26 minutes ago, reveldevil said:

Not the best quality grabs, but it's a scrape on passenger rear side wing, and a ding driver front wing.

Just a quick thought, it wasnt advertised as a Cat C or Cat D was it?

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Just now, Inglorius said:

Just a quick thought, it wasnt advertised as a Cat C or Cat D was it?

Not on the listing, and I think they have to put that in. 

I admit it's a bit of a puzzle, why would someone who only seemed to drive the car to the dealers to get it serviced and back annually ignore the bodywork defects? 

I'd like to think it was a kindly old spinster, who only took it for a service for the coffee, biscuits and company, before she px'd it and the auction staff aren't good at parking!

Time will tell.

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1 minute ago, reveldevil said:

Not on the listing, and I think they have to put that in. 

I admit it's a bit of a puzzle, why would someone who only seemed to drive the car to the dealers to get it serviced and back annually ignore the bodywork defects? 

I'd like to think it was a kindly old spinster, who only took it for a service for the coffee, biscuits and company, before she px'd it and the auction staff aren't good at parking!

Time will tell.

Yes definitely have to declare if it's been a write off.

Fingers crossed let me know how you get on.

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14 hours ago, reveldevil said:

Off to the auctions tomorrow to take a look at a Punto.

12 years old, a few dents and scratches and generally untidy looking, but only 8k on clock with a full annual service history, and MOT till December.

Even book price is only around £600, so hoping it's a bargain.

https://www.reliabilityindex.com/reviews/view/1229101098338310

FYI

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