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    2nd Hand Car Buying

    I've always been quite lucky in finding bargins out there, and I am currently finding it hard to root out the next one. The price of second hand cars has rocketed, and the mileage on them?????? Good Lord!!!! Have they been to the moon and back?????? I thought I'd got one. Went to see it last night. "Immaculate" it was not. 2004 Avensis. "bought for his mum four weeks ago, who didn't like it" 4 Michelin tyres put on...not new. Scratches on body work. It had only done 61K.Full service history. Nothing on last MOT. Washed before I'd got there. He wanted £1700, got him down to £1500, but something just didn't sit right. Was I right to back out?
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    Re: 2nd Hand Car Buying

    You're expecting a 13 year old car to not have any scratches?

    Its got a full service history and only 61k miles on it.

    Just what are you expecting to find for £1500?

    Back out if its dodgy but to be honest I'd hazard a guess you're being a touch unrealistic...
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    Re: 2nd Hand Car Buying

    What did the mileages on the MOT say ? It usually lists last 3-4 recorded mileages.

    Something doesn't quite sit right from what you've said, I'd have walked away as well :-)

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    Re: 2nd Hand Car Buying

    Quote Originally Posted by DCB View Post
    What did the mileages on the MOT say ? It usually lists last 3-4 recorded mileages.

    Something doesn't quite sit right from what you've said, I'd have walked away as well :-)
    I took nothing on the last MOT to mean nothing wrong with it i.e. no advisories, not no mileage recorded.

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    Re: 2nd Hand Car Buying

    You can check previous MOT details online from 2005 here https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history
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    Re: 2nd Hand Car Buying

    Quote Originally Posted by chellie View Post
    You can check previous MOT details online from 2005 here https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history
    Chellie you're a star. Not a very good car. Seems I was right to think everything was not great.
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    Re: 2nd Hand Car Buying

    Quote Originally Posted by Crazyface View Post
    Chellie you're a star. Not a very good car. Seems I was right to think everything was not great.
    Has the car been clocked?

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    Re: 2nd Hand Car Buying

    £1500 for an 04 avensis is a bit steep as well.
    common sense is so rare it should be classed as a super power.

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    Re: 2nd Hand Car Buying

    My 2003 BMW 330d Sport has only been valued at £1,500. One owner from new, FSH, Full leather, Xenon headlights, new tyres and shocks. A tad rusty in the front wings but a common problem with E46s.

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    Re: 2nd Hand Car Buying

    Quote Originally Posted by Crazyface View Post
    Chellie you're a star. Not a very good car. Seems I was right to think everything was not great.

    Glad it helped. What did it show up?
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