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I want Marguerite* back. [20111128|20:42]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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If there is any activity in this world that is more tedious that looking for a used car to purchase, I don't want to know what it is. Some people might say "house-hunting", but I disagree. When you buy a house/flat - even a used house/flat - and you know you are going to use it as your average person might do, for eating and bathing and sleeping and bed-related shenanigans and whatnot, you know that you are very likely going to be able to sell it for at least the amount you bought it. If you're at all careful about location and you're willing to bargain a bit, you will very likely turn a profit.

Cars, on the other hand, start to depreciate as soon as you get inside them and turn the key in the ignition, no matter what you choose. Okay, okay, unless you're buying a limited-edition luxury Jag or the like. But you have to be a petrol-head - and a petrol-head with plenty of cash, for that matter - to be able to purchase a car that will actually appreciate when you finally have to get rid of it. Neither the bloke nor I want to spend the kind of money on a car that you could use for a deposit on a house.

So you head reluctantly into your car-hunt with the knowledge that whatever you buy, you're going to lose. And then you meet with the pathological behaviour exhibited by most used car salespeople. With a shudder, you realise you have hit on a positively nightmarish way to spend a weekend, let alone several in a row. I mean, who wouldn't want to drive a car before deciding to purchase it? Isn't that mad? One salesman tried to bully us into promising to buy a car before he would let us drive it. Thankfully, we weren't fed up enough to agree, because it turned out we both hated that sort of car (a Ford Focus, if anyone cares).

If we don't have a car by this weekend, someone's gonna get a hurt real bad. Probably a used car salesperson.

* Marguerite was our beloved 22-year-old diesel Citroen BX who died tragically three weeks ago when her cambelt snapped. The bloke bought her from his old landlord four years ago for £300. That's my kind of car. RIP Marguerite.
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2011-11-28 18:35 (UTC)
I sympathise.

I worked in a car showroom for several years. The lack of ethics and morals was astounding and that was just the pornography left lying around for the female on the staff to find.

Clive is a frustrated petrolhead. I just want the following answered : Does it work reliably?(Y) Is it tempting to a thief?(N) Is it a stupid amount of money (N)Is the insurance sensible? (Y), does it have a good NCAP rating(Y)or a shit hard chassis/survival cabin? (Y).
If we then get to choose the colour then I don't want black, grey, dark anything or white because I think they are harder to see. I want other drivers to be able to SEE me. Red is fine.
So I just send him off to get the next car. I can drive anything (see first point).

I suppose I am saying don't overthink it. You will get used to the new one. Just make sure when you run over the salesman that you are not in view of the CCTV. Oh and avoid any financing scheme as if it is Ebola and visually check the car ALL over before you drive off.

Final cheat... check the small print on front and back license plates they should both say the same (usually a dealer name). If they differ then its likely the car was in a rear shunt.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-03 14:18 (UTC)
Your criteria are basically the same as ours, with the addition of Can several bags of compost, tins of paint and planks of wood fit into the boot?

Thank you for the tips. We will certainly follow them all.
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2011-11-28 18:59 (UTC)
but there you go - you didn't even sell your old car, so why worry about resale of your next one? just get what you'd love to drive! and then drive it till it dies!

vive la voiture!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-03 14:17 (UTC)
After three weekends of this nonsense, we're both starting to think along those lines!
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From: pbristow
2011-11-29 03:42 (UTC)
I miss my car... [SIGH]... =:o{

But not as much as I enjoy being free of the running costs; or indeed the "not actually running but you have to pay for it anyway" costs. =:o}
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-03 14:21 (UTC)
Yes, I've been wondering if we really use the car enough to merit owning one. The bloke's family are scattered around the country and we typically drive to see them 5-6 times a year, often laden with presents, so that's one reason to have it. Another is that it was very useful when we were fixing up the house for hauling things home or off to the dump. It seems to be worth it for us as long as we pick something with low emissions & road tax.
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From: pbristow
2011-12-03 16:10 (UTC)
[NOD] Yep. Or you can take the approach keristor used to, and just hire whatever vehicle you need whenever you need it. All the road tax, insurance etc. only needs to be dealth with when required, and only as much as neccssary to cover the period of use. Impractical for a trip to the shops every Friday, but great for the occasional long weekend away. =:o}


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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-03 14:22 (UTC)
Awww. Well, the one we drove had almost 70k miles on it and there was something really odd about the clutch, so maybe it was just a bad representative of its ilk.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2011-11-29 20:55 (UTC)
I love my Focus long time. Literally long time, it is 9 years old and you can hardly tell it's a day over 3. May it live forever.

When my boyfriend was shopping for cars he didn't have insurance yet because he was buying his first car. The first dealer we went to refused to let him test-drive anything because he didn't have insurance, and then tried to talk him into buying a car without driving it. We were like "Are you shitting me?" and the dealer was like, "No that is what EVERYONE does, also the Prius gets 100mpg!" (I am not making any of that up, he told us you can get 100mpg in a Prius. I wanted to ask if that only worked if the last 60 miles were downhill.)

I am a fan of cars and even I hate shopping for them. It's basically signing up to have people get paid to bullshit you every weekend for a month.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-03 14:23 (UTC)
Hm! You're making me wonder if we should try another Focus, as the one we drove had almost 70k on it and something weird about the clutch. It also had very soft brakes, which the bloke hates.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2011-11-30 14:24 (UTC)
Why does the attempted purchase of an automobile leave you wanting a shower? It's a strange world we live in. Good luck in your search.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-03 14:24 (UTC)
I don't know, but we STILL haven't managed it yet. The car, not the shower. Aaaargh. *headdesk*
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