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    • Marsupial
    • By Marsupial 14th Mar 17, 3:47 PM
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    Looking to get a car for a few months.
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    • 14th Mar 17, 3:47 PM
    Looking to get a car for a few months. 14th Mar 17 at 3:47 PM
    I'm looking to get a very cheap car (below £500 if possible) for a few months. The reason I only want the car for a few months is because I'm looking at getting a mortgage, need a car to look at potential areas of interest, and would like to buy a more expensive car after I've gotten the mortgage, and have a better idea of how much I can afford on a more decent car.

    Could anyone:

    Recommend a reliable dealer? (Live in Surrey near London.)
    Recommend any companies for temporary insurance?

    Thanks.
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    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 14th Mar 17, 3:57 PM
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    Can't advise on dealers but forget about temp insurance over that sort of period, it'll be too expensive. You'd be better off taking full insurance and either cancelling it when done, or transfer your "new" car on to it.
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 14th Mar 17, 5:10 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 5:10 PM
    Just pop your postcode into auto trader, set the maximum distance and price and off you go. Dealers don't sell reputable cars for £500. You will need to insure for a year and if you sell the car before then cancel the policy and you may get a small refund.

    I've had loads of great cars for £500- good luck!
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    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 14th Mar 17, 6:16 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 6:16 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 6:16 PM
    No such thing as a reliable dealer when you're buying a £500 shed.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 14th Mar 17, 7:02 PM
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    • #5
    • 14th Mar 17, 7:02 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 7:02 PM
    A £500 car from a dealer = thats £400 profit and £100 for the car itself, or it could be £490 profit and £10 for the car.

    Got any no claims? Your insurance maybe £2000 on your £500 car.
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    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 14th Mar 17, 7:50 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 7:50 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 7:50 PM
    You're not going to get anything from a dealer. Best looking on "Stuff for Sale or Free in XXX" or "Cheap Cars in XX" pages on Facebook. I've been quite amazed at how decent a motor you can get for £500 or less on those pages. Yes its going to be 12/13/14 years old and probably well north of 100,000 miles but certainly something reliable with a good chunk of MOT on is possible.
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 14th Mar 17, 8:55 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 8:55 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 8:55 PM
    Hire a car on the days when you need to travel to look at areas.
    • foxy-stoat
    • By foxy-stoat 15th Mar 17, 10:46 AM
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    • #8
    • 15th Mar 17, 10:46 AM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 10:46 AM
    +1 for hiring a car, you can get one for a few hundred a month, way cheaper than risking a £500er plus insurance + tax for only a few months.
    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 15th Mar 17, 11:08 AM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:08 AM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:08 AM
    I got one of my best cars from a proper car auction (not ebay) - a Rover 414 with 80,000 miles on the clock. It cost me £350 after commission and lasted 3 years with just tyres and an exhaust to replace.

    Quite often, the proper car auctions are full of cars that dealers have taken in part ex and can't be bothered to put on the forecourt whereas ebay can be full of cars that private sellers can't shift elsewhere.
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 15th Mar 17, 11:46 AM
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    I got one of my best cars from a proper car auction (not ebay) - a Rover 414 with 80,000 miles on the clock. It cost me £350 after commission and lasted 3 years with just tyres and an exhaust to replace.

    Quite often, the proper car auctions are full of cars that dealers have taken in part ex and can't be bothered to put on the forecourt whereas ebay can be full of cars that private sellers can't shift elsewhere.
    Originally posted by bertiewhite
    But for every one decent runner for under £500 I'd bet there will be at least 10 dodgy ones at that price point at auction. I think you were lucky.

    For someone with not much car ownership experience, which I assume the OP is, then going down the auction route for a banger might not be the best idea.
    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 15th Mar 17, 12:14 PM
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    But for every one decent runner for under £500 I'd bet there will be at least 10 dodgy ones at that price point at auction. I think you were lucky.

    For someone with not much car ownership experience, which I assume the OP is, then going down the auction route for a banger might not be the best idea.
    Originally posted by neilmcl
    Not in my experience - 4 out of 4 bangers that I've had from auctions (the Rover, Escort, Peugeot 306 then a Partner van), I would have been happy if they'd lasted the year out but they each did better than that.

    The OP states that they want to pay £500 pounds for a car to last a few months and asks about dealers - I am saying if he goes to a proper car auction he'll probably get the same car as he would at a dealer but without the mark up as was pointed out in post #5
    • foxy-stoat
    • By foxy-stoat 15th Mar 17, 2:01 PM
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    If your not going to hire a car then I would look at a couple of sub £1000 cars on the autotrader, buy from a private person who has owned and serviced it for a few years and you shouldn't go far wrong.


    You will buy a £200 car for £500 at a dealers.


    Insurance, just buy an annual policy.
    • Marsupial
    • By Marsupial 21st Mar 17, 8:33 PM
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    Thanks for all the replies.

    I did consider hiring a car, but I've had my licence for less than a year, and Enterprise are the only company I've found so far that will hire to drivers that have had their licence for less than a year. I realise that people tend to be quicker to complain than they do to praise, but some of the online reviews and stories I've read about Enterprise make me wary of using them.
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 22nd Mar 17, 5:36 AM
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    I've used them a few times for van and car rental and never had an issue, really friendly and helpful in the Hove office.
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    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 22nd Mar 17, 6:30 PM
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    I have to agree, they are probably my preferred hire company these days.
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 22nd Mar 17, 7:30 PM
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    You live in the London fringes, you have a spankin' new licence...
    Is on-street parking restricted? Have you thought about the insurance cost?
    Your car experience is clearly limited...
    Do you know what you're looking for in the shark-infested waters of £500 cars?

    How much time, effort and money are you prepared to put into this before admitting that hiring a car is quicker, easier and cheaper overall?

    You're, at a guess, going to be going out looking mainly on weekends - so hire a car for a weekend. Don't waste half your weekend running around fixing the broken shed that you've been tucked up with... then realise that, after buying/insuring/taxing/repairing the heap you've just scrapped, that you've swallowed a good chunk of your purchase fees money...
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 22nd Mar 17, 7:38 PM
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    Are you looking at properties? or areas?

    If the latter just use Google streeview.
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