Theres heaps of poorly maintained models which have done round the clock mileages - if you want a low-mileage example of even something common like a Focus you need to go quite far (as I've already posted last weekend I went 100 miles to see a 51k Focus...)
OK.. I should be going to do some test drives this Sunday.
I already tried phoning a couple yesterday and was told 'well, it'll probably be sold by then' by both, so I'm going to wait till Friday before I arrange more.
I'm told I can usually get a better deal by paying in Cash. Is there any way that's 'paying in cash' that doesn't involve me carrying wads of notes around with me? Does paying on my debit card count as 'cash' for example (as there's no time waiting for the payment to clear)?
My car has 233,000 MILES on it. Our family puts a lot of miles on our cars, but we also take good care of them. The end result is that my car, compared to the [surprisingly high number of] same cars of my year roaming around town here, always looks to be in much better shape despite the fact that most of those cars have literally HALF the mileage (100k miles less).
All dealerships will try to get you to hurry because if you have 10 cars to look at before theirs then you will probably realise what a shed it is...
When I went to see the Focus the guy did all this shit trying to disaude me from having an RAC check, telling me how many million people had come to view it - it still hasn't sold so you can see that even if 40 people did go and see it it was a pile of shit.
Money wise - Debit card is still classed as a card payment, and they usually ad the card processing fee on top - £3k fits in an envelope and you can easily secrete it somewhere on your person or transport if you need to, plus it's a lot easier to haggle with cash - you can slap all the money you want to pay on the desk (and claim its all you have) and ask for the extras you want (tax & fuel ofc) and then get a yes or no. If you do it with a card payment he will try to haggle it up whereas with cash he knows if he says yes its done...
This works even better for unpopular cars - the 75 I went to see has been for sale since November (admitedly in another garage) - it's in great condition, just no-one really wants it. It's not making them money on the forecourt, and the lure of a wadge of notes, even if not quite the amount they were looking for, is strong...
I'm going for reliability, space in the back (not load-carrying, just room to put stuff) and cost to run. I'll not be doing enough mileage to make a diesel cost-effective. Looks, performance and handling I'm not that bothered about (within reason).
There not that interesting to drive, the Engines are pretty lethargic, and the interior is bland and cheap, but they are much more reliable than all those cars you listed, and this particular car comes with a wealth of creature comforts.
Another point - if it's got one long previous owner, see if you cant nab a copy of the V5 "for HPI purposes" and call them.
I have a photocopy of one on my desk, and it turns out (after a little bit of phone booking) the "2 owner car with a new towbar fitted" was actually a pre-reg (so really one owner) which has been used for towing caravans (so it's had the tow-bar for quite a while). The other advantage is the dealer can lie through their teeth because they want the money, but the previous owner wont care and will call it crap if it is...
Looking to replace my dated Golf MKII, it's really in poor condition.. for something around ~ 2000's period, and for about a ~3k euros price range.. Prices are probably different in every country so i'm going to list what is available here and what would i fancy in that price range, purely based on the looks.. but i would appreciate advices considering reliability, driving experience, price for the spare parts etc..
Fiat Punto II
Alfa Romeo 145, 146
Peugeot 306, 206
That's about it.. so those are all generations from late 90's to early-mid 00's. I've heard parts and repairs for french cars are a kill..
My mate has a Peugeot 206 which his parents had new from 2001 (he inherited it 2 years ago) and now has 90,000 miles on the clock, it's forever in the garage with loads of problems, I told him he should probably replace it the first time it went wrong but he didn't and has probably now spent nearly £1k repairing it.
Another of my friends has an Alfa 146 he got about a year ago - 102,000 miles on the clock and so far it's not let him down - maybe he's lucky though!
So you're seriously considering sacking a MANS car (EI Golf) for a number of womens cars? Civic, Saxo, Punto, Clio.... Man, how on earth can you be so dilusioned.
I'd like to add, regardless of the fact a Golf is a VW, it is a MANS car. Men get Golfs. Real men, just like you won't find a woman driving a BMW or Merc (in general, of course assuming it's not the X3, X5, or A or C class merc. You honestly won't feel a sense of shame driving a typically womans car? Good look with those cars mate, if you have a MANS size foot, you will have a bloody hard job not pressing all the pedals at once. Especially with 206.