Hmm, but isn't buying privately just as risky? i.e. no comeback if its fooked? I suppose the good thing is that, as you say, I can have a good root and toot around it.
Mancunian Lee wrote
No mate, at auction you cant even tell if the car has decent tyers. You can even see how easy it fires up, best buy private. Its gunna be sold as seen and you have no come back, but you can spend as long as you want (within reason) having a look, having a test ride and talking down the price - at auction, its down with the hammer and you have to buy it then look at what you have.
Not sure which auctions you've been to Lee but when I bought the Rover I had an opportunity to check the tyres, lift the bonnet, start the engine and all that. Admittedly, the engine was started as the car joined the queue to go into the auction area but at least I had a chance to rev it up a bit to see if it smoked etc etc.
Think you are allowed to return cars, post hammer dropping, within a couple of hours if they have major faults?????
Mad Ax wrote
A mate of mine has bought dozens of cars in that pricerange at auction and has always bought gems. However, I took him with my to buy a £500 banger and got badly stung.The trick is to get there early, have a good nosey around all the cars, and set yourself a price limit that is below book price. DON'T go over your limit if you get into a bidding war - it's not worth the risk of paying over the odds for something that may be past it.We arrived late, it was dark, and the exact type of car we wanted (big diesel estate) was just rolling into the auction arena. On my mate's advice I bid straight away without having a chance to properly check the car over. We immediately saw a few minor marks and a missing rear lamp cluster, but otherwise it looked like a good motor with only 130,000 miles. We got it for £300 plus fees. Upon trying to drive it home, I discovered it had:No MOTNo taxVirtually no clutch (slipping all the way home)Central locking completely screwedAlarm siren missing, alarm system active and screwedKeyfob inoperableOutside doorlocks inoperablePassenger doorlock smashed offAttempted breakin to passenger sideNo dieselInoperable fuel guageInoperable speedoRear footwells swimming with rainwater175,000 milesAnd in the weeks following, to pass the MOT and make it roadworthy I had to replace:£150 suspension spheres£70 doorlocks and ignition barrel£200 drive belt tensioners£70 cam belt£10 headlamp bulbAnd had to do all sorts of annoying jobs like disconnecting the alarm, fixing the leak, adjusting all the suspension, and various other annoying jobs. In the end the car cost over £1,000 - significantly higher than my £500 banger budget...
Some good food for thought there I am going to go tonight and just get a feel for the place (not buying).
What, not another jolly ?
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