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Does "We Buy Any Car" purchase cars with faulty engine?

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Contessa
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I no longer need my old Volvo diesel estate and intended to sell it. Unfortunately about 2 weeks after passing its MOT the engine management light appeared and the problem is DPF related. I'm no longer willing to throw good money after bad. The WBAC site has information about cars with damage (bodywork) but it's not clear to me if this also applies to engine problems.
I'm hoping someone here will know. Thanks.

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  • photome
    photome Posts: 16,412 Forumite
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    If you declare everything you know, they should still offer you a price

    their website says they will buy any car in any condition and if it needs repairs

    Have  you asked for a quote declaring the issues
  • baser999
    baser999 Posts: 1,182 Forumite
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    If they do accept it, they’ll most likely knock down the on-line price to cover the potential costs of its repair. My brother took his white van along, having been given an on-line price and they walked around it with a fine-tooth comb, marking it down for every scratch . . . . he pointed out it had been his everyday work van, would did they expect, showroom condition. He drove off.
    If you’re affected by ULEZ expansion, given any thought to taking advantage of the scrappage scheme? 
  • Grey_Critic
    Grey_Critic Posts: 1,340 Forumite
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    The answer to your question is - Would You?
  • Contessa
    Contessa Posts: 1,131 Forumite
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    The answer to your question is - Would You?
    No-but I'm not a mechanic. It probably could be fixed for a few hundred pounds.

  • Herzlos
    Herzlos Posts: 14,852 Forumite
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    They'll certainly knock off a lot more than it'll cost to fix, and then probably punt it into an auction without declaring it.

    I'd get a quote from a local garage or DPF specialist as to how much it'll cost to fix and decide what to do then. You'll certainly get more money for it quicker if it's fully running.
  • Contessa
    Contessa Posts: 1,131 Forumite
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    Thanks. The DPF can be cleaned but there's also another related issue. I've reached the stage when I just want to get rid of the car as I've had enough worry with it.
  • MalMonroe
    MalMonroe Posts: 5,783 Forumite
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    Contessa said:
    Thanks. The DPF can be cleaned but there's also another related issue. I've reached the stage when I just want to get rid of the car as I've had enough worry with it.
    Hi, if you want to get another car, you could ask a dealer if they'd take yours in part exchange. I got a really good price for my very old car when I did a part exchange for a newer model (not brand new though).

    I tried WBAC and they offered me £50!!  I know it was old but that was an insult. I got £500 with my part exchange. After a bit of haggling, which I enjoyed!
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  • oldernonethewiser
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    Have you tried Motorway?

    They offered me a better price than WBAC.


    Things that are differerent: draw & drawer, brought & bought, loose & lose, dose & does, payed & paid


  • MX5huggy
    MX5huggy Posts: 6,900 Forumite
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    Consider eBay. I’ve just sold a 13 year old Octavia. With air bag and brake warning lights on, and some dents. PX offed was £300 (there was no leverage I was buying the new car, ordered 10 months before). WBAC was £550 after listing faults (£1500 before) eBay auction got me past £1800. 
  • Contessa
    Contessa Posts: 1,131 Forumite
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    Thanks for all your replies and suggestions. I hope to update some time.
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