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Old 01-08-2014   #1
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Buying a car private or garage?

Just wondering what people preferences/experiences ?
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Re: Buying a car private or garage?

In 38 years and 40 plus cars/vans and pick ups I have only bought 4 from garages and 2 of them were brand new. Never bought a bad one allways been happy with wot ive bought so for me dont bother with garages and save some money after all garages cant have all the good ones can they.:-)
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Re: Buying a car private or garage?

Out of getting of for well over a hundred vehicles I have only ever bought three cars from dealers or garages.

1/ The big end bearings went on the way home.

2/ Caught fire (but it was a Renault).

3/ Was an MG with newspaper for sills and a fresh MOT.

Never again.

Having said that my X1/9 is the first car I have spent more than 1,000 buying.
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Re: Buying a car private or garage?

Garage for something expensive and private for cheap and cheerful....you have more rights as a buyer from a dealer.
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Re: Buying a car private or garage?

Newer cars always a garage, less than a grand don't care really!

Blind off ebay is fun

Through Forum classifieds is favourite though
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Re: Buying a car private or garage?

This sold for 2100 + commission in auction today. It was from a deceased estate.

http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/au...earchitem=true

I prefer 'proper' auctioneers deceased estate vehicles. This is good if you want value for money but don't mind vehicle type.

Auctions aside. I say private for cheap and dealer for more expensive.
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Re: Buying a car private or garage?

All depends, I would never spend big money buying private, the risks are just too great (not much protection under the law like you would do from a garage). But for small money I would buy private. I have bought many cars private in my time but these days I buy new cars every couple of years or so, so im buying from main dealers now.


People talk like all garages rip you off right, left and centre, which isn't quite true. It all comes down to how you go about buying a car, check the history, get the AA or some other to do a vaild check of the car, shop around. If you don't like the salesman then walk away and don't fall for no bull of them. I nearly bought a t-jet in 2008 and I was asking questions etc and he shouted at me. From that moment I stopped the deal and walked away and I will never deal with that guy again.
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Re: Buying a car private or garage?

I buy my cars from wherever has the car i want for the right price - most my fiats have been through private sales, but i have bought cars through main dealers, used car garages and private sellers. In general you buy from a private seller thats it you get no come back unless you have something written down by the seller which is not true (basically never) - but garages and dealers will wriggle like a wriggly thing to not have to fix stuff and on the hole i just fix stuff myself to save the hassle, and just because i don't trust any garages to do repairs properly.

So it really is 6 and 2, 3's to me. Buy the car you want for the best price you can get it for and check it properly before paying for anything.
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Re: Buying a car private or garage?

Quote Originally Posted by blu73 View Post
I buy my cars from wherever has the car i want for the right price


I've purchased privately, and from eBay, from Franchised Dealers, and used Dealers.

Comes down to the right car at the right price, with the right deal. I tend to know what I'm looking at when buying a car, so no issue going down the private route personally.
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Re: Buying a car private or garage?

Private every time. Never from auction, they are usually there for a reason and it's usually bad.
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Re: Buying a car private or garage?

i would only buy private if HPI is clear its plenty of service history // invoices

Once i've had a good 30 to 40mins with each corner jacked up checking components (wheels off to do brakes IF POSS)

A good hard testdrive as well

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