The trials and tribulations of buying a used car, and a 12 yr old one at that!
My criteria. NC 3.5, 2.0 Sport Tech, PRHT, 09/10 plate, good condition, good service history, circa 60-70k miles, not red(!), budget ideally £7-8k.
6 weeks into my search and there’s not a lot to look at in the SW, so I’m having to travel a bit to see examples. The second one I looked at was a couple of hours away (I was passing travelling for work), and was nice, but I’ve always said not to buy the first thing you look at, so I thought I’d bide my time. However, having looked at half a dozen I keep thinking back to it and it keeps appearing on searches, with not too many new ads, so I’m now reconsidering.
First thing, I’ve not had a good look underneath it, but the dealer has said he’d put it up on the ramp for me to look at. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t really know what to look at, what was acceptable/surface and what was bad. Can anyone point me in the right direction of some clear and simple photos that might help a novice like me?
Secondly, the dealer isn’t too keen to negotiate on price (£7k), but is happy to do some work on things I’ve picked up. Slightly higher mileage at 80k, but MOT and service history is good (only previous MOT fails on discs and pads, no advisories). There’s some confusion as to whether the diff oil has been changed (documented as transmission oil change), so he’s willing to do gearbox and diff oil to be sure, as well as a full engine service and gearbox turret oil. There are Hankook tyres on the front (approx. 5mm) with a new set of budgets on the rear (branded as Cooper I think), which I’m not too happy with. He said he’d replace the rears with Hankooks to match the front. He’ll also tidy up a nasty gouge on a wing mirror. However, I know looks can be deceiving, but it’s tidy inside and out and it’s not red!
So, do you think it’s worth a second look (with a 4 hr round trip), or do you think this is a fairly average offering and I should wait a bit longer into the Autumn when prices may soften a bit and people are looking to part company before the winter? Is the work the dealer is happy to do a reasonable offset to paying the screen price?
Thanks folks, appreciate your thoughts.