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“The motoring minefield”

published 10/08/2008

Bargains to be had, large choice

Can be risky, it's a minefield

Looking for a used car? It can be a traumatic experience to say the least but hopefully the information in this review may help you. It will highlight what to look for & the tricks sales staff sometimes use. You have three choices when buying a used car, buying it from a car dealer or a private...

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“Watch Out Folks”

published 14/04/2004

Cheaper

Possibilty and risk of being ripped off

As a car-maniac, I have things to suggest 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...

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owning a supercar, the thrill of driving, getting ...

costs, dodgy dealers, possible pitfalls

How 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...

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“Buying A Car Read This”

published 10/03/2001

Won't get ripped off

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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...

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“I've been USED”

published 22/06/2002

You get a new one

You 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...

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“Do your homework”

published 10/06/2004

Cheap to buy, might get an "As New"

Can prove to be false economy

What make? As a rule, Japanese cars are best for reliability. You can never go wrong with a Toyota, Honda, Nissan or Lexus. However, car critics in this country love to label Japanese cars as "boring" which I never fully understood why. The main aim to own a car is to get from A to B and not...

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“Things to look out for”

published 24/04/2003

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WHY AM I WRITING THIS? Following my recent chat in the pub with an old friend of mine Big John Walker, I received a 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...

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“Avoid buying an old dog”

published 10/03/2001

Cheaper than buying new and you can get a very goo...

Car is unknown quantity and could have a hidden pa...

There’s nothing nicer than having a brand new car. The bodywork is perfect, the interior smells new, the odometer is virtually at zero and you are the envy of your neighbours and friends. The catch? Well, a lot of people can’t really afford a brand new car and of course, there is the...

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When purchasing a used car it's usually a buyer beware situaion. You need to know the facts on how to spot a fake, as there are many out there. Figures show that one in three cars on the road, have been in an accident of some sort. I know that most of those are just prangs and nothing to worry...

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“Its a buyers market”

published 19/12/2000

buyers market

still a lot of sharks out there

At the moment with new car prices tumbling, used car prices are coming down in price very quickly as well. Even experienced traders are having trouble valuing cars. Some reckon that cars older than 6-7 years old are virtually worthless second hand, since thet are less likely to have important...

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Lots of mod cons and economy for a 2.0 litre car

boot 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...

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“Buying a second hand car”

published 18/08/2004

May save hundreds of pounds shopping for the right...

May not do enough exercise by walking

When going to buy a car secondhand, one should be very careful of the pitfalls as my brother in law found out when he bought a second 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...

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“Handy Haines”

published 17/01/2001

Saves a whole load of money on service bills.

You 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...

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Cheaper Than Buying From A Garage

Not Serviced Before Sold, Seller Doesn't Tell You ...

Going back to last september i had just bought my first car, a Fiat Seicento Sporting to be exact. I found the car for sale on the auto trader website and it was the first sporting model that matched my price range so i rang the number provided and agreed a time and date with the seller to have a...

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Not for me

The key and only advantage is the initial purchase...

Conversley, the vehicle can be a dog with out you ...

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...

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