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Community Level 6ScottishWe...

ScottishWestie

The motoring minefield Diamond review

AdvantagesBargains to be had, large choice

DisadvantagesCan be risky, it's a minefield

"...use. You have three choices when buying a used car, buying it from a car dealer or a private seller. There is another option, an auction, but that is not advised for the faint hearted. However, before you even start to look for your next car there are a number of important issues that need to be highlighted. These are things that are often over looked when buying a car but important issues that can't be ignored. Keep these items in the back ..." Read review
10.08.2008

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Community Level 3MuratM

MuratM

Watch Out Folks

AdvantagesCheaper

DisadvantagesPossibilty and risk of being ripped off

"...before you go out there buying a second hand car. 1- If you are buying it directly from the owner : ---------------------------------------------------- * Check the car's papers. They will show you records of any accidents, outstanding penalties or taxes or ay legal matters alike. * Ask for the maintenance log the manufacturer provided. Thus you will be able to see if the maintenance was carried out according to the periodical schedule. * ..." Read review
14.04.2004

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Community Level 4mdtt1983

mdtt1983

Things to look out for

AdvantagesSee opinion

DisadvantagesSee opinion

"...lot of sound advice in buying second cars. So instead of keeping it all to myself I thought I’d share it all with you guys :) Aren’t I nice! LoL Right you’ve spotted the car you like, price seems affordable but what next? I think the first biggest danger in buying a second-hand car is using your heart rather than your head. It might look like a dream machine and the seller may seem genuine, but never-ever-just slap down the cash just because ..." Read review
24.04.2003

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Community Level 4FrooTee

FrooTee

I've been USED

AdvantagesYou get a new one

DisadvantagesYou have to look for it

"TIPS ON BUYING A USED CAR  Ask the right questions  My darling car, a Citroen 11 TRE En Vogue has ‘died’ :o( This has left me no option other than to hunt the internet/local paper/Exchange & Mart etc for another vehicle. I quickly realised that I haven't got the first idea about buying cars and MrFrooTee is probably even less knowledgeable on the subject. I do consider myself lucky however because I have a ..." Read review
22.06.2002

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Community Level 1drTamseel

drTamseel

Do your homework

AdvantagesCheap to buy, might get an "As New"

DisadvantagesCan prove to be false economy

"...cars etc. Finance I would recommend buying your car, at least your first car for cash. If you want to borrow money, don't opt for a car finance deal unless it is offered at around 6 percent. There are millions of loans (well, at least hundreds) on the market and you must be able to borrow at approximately 6 percent per annum. Just like I explained on the mortgage page, watch out for clever clauses that might get you into trouble later. Maintenance Extremely ..." Read review
10.06.2004

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Community Level 3mandyco

mandyco

Buying A Car Read This

AdvantagesWon't get ripped off

Disadvantagesnone

"When it comes to buying a used car, it can be a snake pit. There is a lot of con merchants out there, only to willing to take your hard earned money, in exchange for a car that's knackered. I have a few handy hints to follow when buying a used car. Number 1 When you see the car you are interested in, phone up, and say I'm phoning about the car, do NOT say I'm phoning about the metro, escort or whatever car you have seen. If they say which ..." Read review
10.03.2001

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Community Level 3fightgear

fightgear

Buying a specialist car needs some thought

Advantagesowning a supercar, the thrill of driving, getting a great deal

Disadvantagescosts, dodgy dealers, possible pitfalls

"...much work you put into buying a car will indicate in reality, how much you can expect to get from it. This is particularly true when you want something a bit different or a bit special. Over the years, I've been lucky enough to own some pretty nice cars. I've owned most of the cars on my hit list and will hopefully fill the list before I'm dead and buried. Here is my guide for making sure you get the car you want, in the condition you want it ..." Read review
01.08.2007

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Community Level 4xr2i16v

xr2i16v

Avoid buying an old dog

AdvantagesCheaper than buying new and you can get a very good example

DisadvantagesCar is unknown quantity and could have a hidden past

"...how do you go about buying a second hand car? Assuming you know what kind of car you are looking for, you then have to decide where you are going to buy it from. There are three main ways to buy a second hand car and each of them have their advantages and disadvantages. It really is down to the individual to choose the best way for them. ++ Buying from a private seller This is one of the most common ways to buy a car in the UK. The advantages ..." Read review
11.03.2001

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Community Level 2gshughes

gshughes

Its a buyers market

Advantagesbuyers market

Disadvantagesstill a lot of sharks out there

"...year, be very careful if buying this type of car new. In general I would advocate only buying a newish more expensive second hand car from a dealer, you have far more come back if something goes wrong. From a private buyer if the car turns out to be stolen or a ringer you will lose the lot. At the moment this is particularly the case, as by shopping around you may well get it cheaper from a dealer than a private buyer, with a warranty and legal ..." Read review
19.12.2000

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Community Level 1biglee

biglee

Tips to steer clear of dodgy cars..

Advantagesn/a

Disadvantagesn/a

"...way people get tricked into buying crooked motors is that they don't look under the bonnet before taking it out for a test drive. Before you even start the car, look under the bonnet and see if the engine feels warm. People, who have cars that are hard to start while cold, will often at times take the car out and drive it so it's warmed up. The car will then start up easily for the prospective buyer, when in fact the car doesn't start first time for ..." Read review
13.10.2000

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Community Level 1stripey

stripey

I bought a 1997 Vauxhall Vectra

AdvantagesLots of mod cons and economy for a 2.0 litre car

Disadvantagesboot space and rear trim

"I recently bought a 1997 Vauxhall Vectra Estate 2.0 16v GLS estate. Having looked a a number of estate and hatchback examples privately and from traders it was clear that some had had a very hard life, so I took my time and kept looking. The car I finally purchased privately and wish to share the merits of this car. The engine is very quiet and fantastically smooth. It comes with electric heated mirrors, air conditioning, central locking, ..." Read review
17.03.2001

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Community Level 3manchester...

manchester12345

Buying a second hand car

AdvantagesMay save hundreds of pounds shopping for the right car

DisadvantagesMay not do enough exercise by walking

"...hand audi. After two weeks of buying it he found out that it had been a write off and it cost him extra money to get the problem solved when buying a secondhand car you should not only just hand over the money and get the paperwork and keys in return. One should also check if one is getting value for money also check if it has been stolen, Or resprayed and also see if the chassis number has been changed the best way of doing this is first ..." Read review
18.08.2004

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Community Level 2Smith

Smith

Handy Haines

AdvantagesSaves a whole load of money on service bills.

DisadvantagesYou do need to find the right one for your car.

"I have bought two 2nd hand cars so far, and each time I have done so both friends and family have given me the same advice: buy a Haines Manual. Haines produce a series of very comprehensive manuals that cover almost every aspect of looking after a car. From routine maintainance, to fault diagnosis. Hardcore mechanics and people who would rather keep their hands clean will find such a manual equally useful. The manuals cover a considerable range of ..." Read review
17.01.2001

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Community Level 18DRG8

8DRG8

Second Hand, Not Always A Great Idea

AdvantagesCheaper Than Buying From A Garage

DisadvantagesNot Serviced Before Sold, Seller Doesn't Tell You About Any Faults With The Car

"...i can give to anyone buying a second hand car is to either buy second hand from a garage (at least theres a warranty) or have the car inspected first by a mechanic. ..." Read review
09.06.2004

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Community Level 1redmerc

redmerc

Get smart on secondhand cars buys

AdvantagesThe key and only advantage is the initial purchase cost

DisadvantagesConversley, the vehicle can be a dog with out you being aware of it.

"Seven years ago I bought what I thought was a very decent car. I bought it from an aquaintance who should have know better, I was younger and rather nieve. Had I looked around I would have found the car was worth about 1/4 of what I paid. The car required frequent maintanance, the steering system was weak, and this cost me lots, the car eventualy developed irreparable faults and I got rid of it for £100. I spend around £3000 on it in total. Later ..." Read review
15.04.2006

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