Advantages HUGE choice of vehicles. GREAT search facility
Disadvantages None that I experienced
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~ ~ As most of you are already probably aware, I am a taxi-driver here in the Fair City of Dublin, Ireland for the past seven years or so.
And any of you who have read my car reviews will also be aware of my obvious attachment to Nissan motor cars.
In July 1999, I found myself on the lookout for a replacement for my trusty 1991 Nissan Bluebird, which was long past due for an honourable retirement.
I had a notion that I could just possibly manage to find another Bluebird in good condition, so I began my usual round of daily and evening newspapers, local garages, and main dealers. And there my problems began.
Although Nissan, and the Bluebird in particular, is a very popular marque here in Ireland, the last of these marvellous cars was manufactured in early 1992. And although there are still plenty of Bluebirds around, finding a "clean" example, which would stand up to the rigours of use as a taxi, proved a very daunting task.
Looking through the Irish edition of the very popular "Autotrader" magazine for about the hundredth time, I noticed that they were now "online", and decided to give the site a look.
~ ~ The next step was a phone call to determine if it was still for sale. After being thoroughly assured of its pedigree, I arranged for the Automobile Association to do a test for me, (at a cost of £90 Sterling) and to e-mail me back a report on the cars condition. This report resulted in a list of about five very minor faults, which the dealer readily agreed to rectify.
I arranged to fly over and pick up the car, and the garage even went so far as to agree to pick me up at Newcastle airport. On arrival from Dublin, I was whisked off to a nearby hotel and treated to a hearty breakfast, and a little after an hour after landing all the paperwork was complete, and I was on the road back to Stranraer in Scotland, and the ferry home.
Two years later, I am still the proud owner of my “Web Car”. It now has over 125,000 miles on the clock, but has never let me down, and with the exception of a front CV joint and replacement radiator, I have not spent a penny outside regular servicing.
~ ~ So, overall, my experience with “Autotrader” has been nothing but positive.
I have a car with which I am totally delighted, and which I had been having great difficulty obtaining by more traditional methods.
In all probability, I paid a little “over the odds” for my Bluebird, as I had to factor in external costs such as air and ferry fares, the Sterling to Irish Punt rate, not to mention an iniquitous tax called V.R.T. (Vehicle Registration Tax) which we must pay on first registration of a vehicle here in Ireland. But to counter that I am delighted with my purchase.
And these extras would not apply if you were living in mainland Britain.
The mad cabbie recommends this service highly.
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