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    • Jenna64
    • By Jenna64 9th Sep 17, 11:33 PM
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    Advice buying a used car
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    • 9th Sep 17, 11:33 PM
    Advice buying a used car 9th Sep 17 at 11:33 PM
    I am wondering if anyone can help

    I lost my husband 2 years ago. I have no close family to advise me and relied on my husband for everything.

    I want a car but don't know whether to buy a cheap, used car, or whether to spend a little more. A neighbour said he knows a car going for £650, but he's not knowledgeable about cars. I don't know what sort of amount to spend (the less the better! Or is it? I just want one to get me to the shops)

    I'm wondering where others would pitch it. Should I spend a few hundred, or 2 - 3000?

    What on earth do I check for if I go and buy a used car? I have no one who can help so it'll be a risk to take but are there a few things I can easily consider? Thank you
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    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 10th Sep 17, 12:10 AM
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    Yes.

    Condition, condition and condition...
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    • Jenna64
    • By Jenna64 10th Sep 17, 12:19 AM
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    That was a bit of a vague question I put. I just looked on auto trader and their advice and it's not that simple.

    What is too much mileage though? There's a car with good history, but 81,000 miles.
    Last edited by Jenna64; 10-09-2017 at 12:41 AM.
    • Mercdriver
    • By Mercdriver 10th Sep 17, 1:03 AM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 1:03 AM
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    That was a bit of a vague question I put. I just looked on auto trader and their advice and it's not that simple.

    What is too much mileage though? There's a car with good history, but 81,000 miles.
    Originally posted by Jenna64
    What car and age? Low mileage on an older is not necessarily a good thing...
    • Hoof Hearted
    • By Hoof Hearted 10th Sep 17, 8:40 AM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 8:40 AM
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    I would look a\t good makes and unpopular models. If you want a small car, the bug-eyed Micra was never very popular and cheap low mileage models are plentiful.
    http://www.autotrader.co.uk
    Je suis sabot...
    • loskie
    • By loskie 10th Sep 17, 8:42 AM
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    write your self a list of points:
    How much can you comfortably spend.
    How many miles do you cover
    Do you carry passengers
    what running and insurance costs can you afford
    Do you really need a car or will a car club do?

    You do sound very unsure of your needs and this makes it difficult to offer advice.
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 10th Sep 17, 8:57 AM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 8:57 AM
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    • 10th Sep 17, 8:57 AM
    I am wondering if anyone can help

    I lost my husband 2 years ago. I have no close family to advise me and relied on my husband for everything.
    Originally posted by Jenna64
    If you dont have a trusted person to offer advice, if the car is advertised online, you could post a link on here.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Renault-Modus-dci-Diesel-2005/122686666847?hash=item1c90b1f85f%3Ag%3AYP0AAOSwa3Z ZpcFa

    On ebay, look for 100% feedback.

    • thescouselander
    • By thescouselander 10th Sep 17, 9:54 AM
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    Cars for only a few hundred pounds will be pretty much at the end of their lives and will be prone to various things going wrong. A lot of the time these might be small things that could be a DIY job but if you needed to take it somewhere to get sorted it's going to add up so it would be worth learning how to do the odd minor job.

    Also something major could go wrong and you'll need to replace the car anyway. Basically with a banger it's best to get one with 12 months MOT and be prepared to replace it the next year if you can't get it through again - if you can get it to pass then that's a bonus.

    Buying a banger is probably the cheapest form of motoring though - just look up the bangernomics thread on here.
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 10th Sep 17, 10:12 AM
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    That was a bit of a vague question I put. I just looked on auto trader and their advice and it's not that simple.

    What is too much mileage though? There's a car with good history, but 81,000 miles.
    Originally posted by Jenna64
    General rules of thumb:

    1) The fewer previous owners the better.
    2) Service history. There are plenty of cars, even older ones, with full service history. With an older one it isn't likely to be main dealer but receipts of regular servicing and repairs will suffice.
    3) Check the MOT history online at https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/ It'll show what it has failed on in the past which will give you an idea of its condition and how well it has been looked after. One which regularly fails on things like worn brakes, tyres and bulbs indicates it hasn't really been looked after. Avoid stuff which has failed on corrosion.
    4) Avoid low mileage cars as it usually means lots of town driving or lots of time being stood, neither of which are good for a car. You want one that has done at least 7-8,000 miles per year so a 10 year old car wants to be at least 70,000 on the clock. Higher mileage, averaging say 15,000 miles a year may seem like it should be something to be avoided but it usually means it has done long journeys most of its life which is a good thing. Again, with the caveat of point 1.
    5) My rule, be wary of cars between 70-80,000 miles. This is the mileage where things like suspension, brakes and clutches need changing.
    6) Most cars need cambelts, if they have one, changing from 60,000 miles up to 125,000 miles. If the car is between those mileages find out what mileage it should have been done by and ask for proof of the cambelt being done. if there is none use that as a bargaining chip and ask for £200 off at least.
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 10th Sep 17, 10:54 AM
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    Buying a banger is probably the cheapest form of motoring though - just look up the bangernomics thread on here.
    Originally posted by thescouselander
    It can be if you are lucky, not sure that a novice should take that route.

    • Jenna64
    • By Jenna64 10th Sep 17, 5:14 PM
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    Mercdriver

    it's a Ford Fusion, 13 years old...
    • Jenna64
    • By Jenna64 10th Sep 17, 5:15 PM
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    What car and age? Low mileage on an older is not necessarily a good thing...
    Originally posted by Mercdriver
    Just worked out how to quote.
    Ford Fusion. 13 yrs old
    • Jenna64
    • By Jenna64 10th Sep 17, 5:17 PM
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    I would look a\t good makes and unpopular models. If you want a small car, the bug-eyed Micra was never very popular and cheap low mileage models are plentiful.
    http://www.autotrader.co.uk
    Originally posted by Hoof Hearted
    It's bug eyed, that's why not popular
    but do you think I'm better off going with those sorts of prices then? Not sure if I should pay a few hundred or a couple of thousand
    • Jenna64
    • By Jenna64 10th Sep 17, 5:19 PM
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    Do you really need a car or will a car club do?

    You do sound very unsure of your needs and this makes it difficult to offer advice.
    Originally posted by loskie
    what is a car club? I don't want to drive that much
    • Jenna64
    • By Jenna64 10th Sep 17, 5:27 PM
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    I've learn't a lot from you all and from auto trader, thanks, if i liked shopping for cars I'd be in my element, but I've got some health problems and back injury and just need a car like now, so it's not easy. thanks for advice.

    the main thing is I don't want to spend a few hundred on a car and then wish I'd spent a couple of thousands on one, if that is the better thing to do
    Last edited by Jenna64; 10-09-2017 at 5:34 PM. Reason: add something
    • loskie
    • By loskie 10th Sep 17, 5:42 PM
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    availabilities of car club will depend on your location

    https://www.enterprisecarclub.co.uk/gb/en/about/what-is-car-club.html

    there are others just google car club and your town
    • Jenna64
    • By Jenna64 10th Sep 17, 5:53 PM
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    thanks loskie
    I've had a look but can't see the answer quickly, how is this cheaper than car hire? I will read properly later
    • macman
    • By macman 10th Sep 17, 5:53 PM
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    You really need to say what your budget is. Do you have a car at present?
    No free lunch, and no free laptop
    • Mercdriver
    • By Mercdriver 10th Sep 17, 6:08 PM
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    You really need to say what your budget is. Do you have a car at present?
    Originally posted by macman
    Reading the OP, I don't think she does.
    • Jenna64
    • By Jenna64 10th Sep 17, 6:45 PM
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    Originally I was thinking of spending around £500 - £600, but I have funds for around £2 - 3000.

    That money is needed. but a car is needed, so it comes down to what is best to do really. Ive never had to make these choices
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