Autotrader Bargains

As petrolheads, I'm sure you guys go surfing about on Autotrader like me. I thought that I'd start a thread where we could post some bargains or just generally interesting used cars that we've found on Autotrader. I'll try and start us off, but I've kind of put myself on the spot, so don't expect too much from me!

http://www4.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201143425035560/sort/priceasc/usedcars/model/x5/make/bmw/radius/1500/page/1/postcode/tn126ub?logcode=p

How about this for under five grand? It's the V8 one, so pulls away quickly and sounds great. And being a Y-reg, you can avoid the mega-high tax rate. With a combined fuel consumption figure of 20.3mpg, it probably makes more sense as a car used to cover a low mileage. Still, a heck of a lot of car for the money. It's got a long MOT, too.

http://www4.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201144425345334/sort/priceasc/usedcars/body-type/convertible/model/a4/make/audi/radius/1500/postcode/tn126ub/page/1?logcode=p

I didn't know you could get one of these for under four grand. It does have a high mileage, but these things tend to be well sewn together, so I'm sure it still feels as tight as a drum. Being the petrol V6, it does have quite a thirst, but that only makes it more suitable as a weekend car for some wind-in-your-hair cruising or popping down to Waitrose. The downside is that it is in the high tax band, but then again, it is still a lot of car for the money. And it has a long MOT. It can shift, too.

http://www4.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201203442777587/sort/priceasc/usedcars/model/s-type/make/jaguar/radius/1500/page/1/postcode/tn126ub?logcode=p

£895 for an S-Type? Surely not! Especially the V6 one that does 0-62mph in just 6.9 seconds. Well, this one does have a short MOT and nearly 300,000 miles on the clock. But still, your neighbours will never know!

http://www4.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201147430861487/sort/priceasc/usedcars/model/s-max/make/ford/radius/1500/postcode/tn126ub/page/1?logcode=p

This is exactly why I wouldn't pay nearly six times as much for a brand new one. It may have quite a high mileage, but it's MOT'd until January 2013 and has only had one owner from new. If my mate bought one of these, I'd assume that he'd paid quite a bit more than five grand.

http://www4.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201201439307259/sort/priceasc/usedcars/model/slk/make/mercedes-benz/radius/1500/postcode/tn126ub/page/1?logcode=p

This just goes to show that you are better off buying a cabriolet in the winter. I was amazed when I saw you could get one of these for under two grand! Slightly above average mileage, yes, but in fair condition with an MOT until January 2013. And it's just shy of 200bhp! I particularly like the red leather upholstery and the fact that the personalised number plate is probably worth a fair chunk of the asking price! And the electric roof. What a bargain!

Last week, I found a mint Z4 with a straight six and a manual 'box for under five grand and a 260bhp CX-7 for just under seven grand. They have been sold now, so it shows that if you see a bargain, then you have to act fast!

So, has anyone else found some interesting motors in the classifieds that they'd like to share, or is it just me with this unhealthy obsession?

How about a brand spanking

2 years 11 weeks ago

How about a brand spanking new car with six miles on the clock for £6k? This one would also be road tax exempt, so all you'd have to do for the first three years is pay for petrol and insurance. Because it does 65mpg and it's in Insurance Group 1, that shouldn't be much of an issue. And these cars hold their value quite well too, so you could probably sell it on for about £4k three years down the line. You can't complain about dirt cheap motoring and a brand new car!

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201219469620428/

This thread's all back to

2 years 11 weeks ago

This thread's all back to front! I'm not very keen on the recent refresh to the Autotrader site either. It looks really dated now.

Anyway, I've always liked these and how they were different and better than their rivals. I think it looked great, particularly in Electric Orange, and they are great to drive. It might even make my list of top ten hatches of all time. This three door one looks amazing in blue and looks to be in great condition inside and out (not that I'd advise you to purchase a car unseen over the internet). It's the mid-spec trim level but still appears to come with plenty of kit. It's got a full years' MOT and it's a steal at £5,490.

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201228478196571/

 

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Fidji wrote:
is it just me with this unhealthy obsession?
No, I'm on there everyday. Dreaming! Of course, it's one thing to be able to buy but quite another thing to be able to run. Personally I'll be spending under £1500 for my next car ensuring it has a full year's MoT. If you get a year from it, it'll have paid for itself, anything beyond that is a bonus.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

you might want to edit your post code out of those URLs.

Also, a proper car, in a proper colour but with the 'wrong' i.e. 18-inch rather than 17-inch MB rims:

2000 MERCEDES-BENZ S500 4 Doors, Automatic, Saloon, Petrol, 50,473 miles, Blue, 2 Owners http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201141421933354/

(note: opens in new window, skillz.)

Though I should stress the S is just as likely to blow up and cost you a fortune as any of the ones listed above. And cost you a fortune in fuel anyway. Particularly that nasty looking X5: get bankrupted AND look like a tosser into the bargain. Think I'll pass.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

BriMarsh wrote:
Personally I'll be spending under £1500 for my next car ensuring it has a full year's MoT. If you get a year from it, it'll have paid for itself, anything beyond that is a bonus

People who buy cheap cars and run them into the ground look much more clever than those who buy new cars and watch the depreciation drag them to bankruptcy. And you can get a lot more for that kind of money than what some people think.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

I also have a bad habbit of car surfing!

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/holden/commodore/auction-431164298.htm

While this is only a base spec car and it looks a tad boring, you will get 500,000km out of a Holden V6 without a problem, it has heaps of space and is a relatively simple design, keep it servied and it will keep going.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/holden/hsv/auction-440621501.htm

Now thats more like it, if you love wasting petrol and converting your rear tyres into smoke then i thoroughly recomend one of these. The business next to mine has one and farout it sounds like the end of the world, you can hear it from at least a kms away. Think its has a bit of work done though, makes a standard one (already rather vocal) sound like a sewing machine..

Also the holdens main rival, Ford Falcon, has a 4 Litre straight 6, loads of space, will go forever, rear wheel drive, and a ZF 6 Speed gear box.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/ford/falcon/auction-441185776.htm

This is more my favourite but im ahh dreaming here...

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/ford/fpv/auction-440660523.htm

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2 years 39 weeks ago

On that X5 advert there was a MGF at the bottom for £1900 ish with around 35k on the clock. There's gotta be some fun in that for the price.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Evo_ermine wrote:
On that X5 advert there was a MGF at the bottom for £1900 ish with around 35k on the clock. There's gotta be some fun in that for the price

Definitely. They are great little cars, and the mid-engined layout means that they are more fun than much more expensive metal. In fact, your mentioning of MGFs got me searching.

http://www4.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201150434989532/original-id/201150434989532/associated-ids/201151436621753%2C201149433383223%2C201150434797869%2C201150436004007%2C201151436621599/usedcars?logcode=o

For a 15 year old car, just under 80,000 miles really isn't that high. Also, it's got the 145bhp engine and is MOT'd until August.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Last night I was sorely tempted by a 100,000 mile 3.2 litre Omega Elite complete with leather, sat nav, and all the others toys for £1,000, until I saw a manual 3.0 litre S type for under £500, although it had done 276,000 miles! Then I thought what if we get some bad weather and I found what looked like a reasonable XR4x4 for under £1,000.

After all at those sort of prices you can afford to use cars like this until something expensive needs replacing just get another one - I mean over its first 4 years my 1 Series has probably cost me around £12,000 in depreciation alone. That would fund quite a few of these sort of cars as well as taxing and fuelling them.

I just need to get brave enough.........

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Fidji wrote:

For a 15 year old car, just under 80,000 miles really isn't that high. Also, it's got the 145bhp engine and is MOT'd until August.

Yeah deffo. I like them for the price.I know the K-Series engine's had well known problems with head gaskets and stuff but at that price searching for a good one might be a nice summer car. An MX5 is probably better and more reliable but still, fun little cars those MGFs.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

ThwartedEfforts wrote:
you might want to edit your post code out of those URLs

I've mentioned this before!

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2 years 39 weeks ago

drivenfromtherearplease wrote:

ThwartedEfforts wrote:
you might want to edit your post code out of those URLs

I've mentioned this before!

I'm sure I'd be fine if you guys didn't keep drawing attention to it! ;)

Besides, on my most recent one, I managed to work out how to get rid of it!

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Fidji wrote:

I'm sure I'd be fine if you guys didn't keep drawing attention to it! ;)

That's what I was thinking!

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Evo_ermine wrote:

Fidji wrote:

I'm sure I'd be fine if you guys didn't keep drawing attention to it! ;)

That's what I was thinking!

Todays D'oh! moment. Sorry!

I'm now on all fours

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Evo_ermine wrote:
Fidji wrote:

I'm sure I'd be fine if you guys didn't keep drawing attention to it! ;)

That's what I was thinking!

you think us simply not mentioning it will prevent Google and countless other search engines from indexing those links and putting the information they contain on instant recall from now until doomsday? Point is that this sort of lapse just makes your whereabouts more obvious to every single nutter on the internet. Just friendly advice, don't do it.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

ThwartedEfforts wrote:
Just friendly advice, don't do it.

Yes it is good advice, and I'd be cautious about it myself too. Although my postcode covers about 50 houses, but I know what you are saying. It's easy to find Fidji's address anyway. Drive to Kent and look for the house with the most used cars outside.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Evo_ermine wrote:
It's easy to find Fidji's address anyway. Drive to Kent and look for the house with the most used cars outside

I'm actually thinking of getting another car this weekend! Only a cheap one, mind!

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Fidji wrote:
I'm actually thinking of getting another car this weekend! Only a cheap one, mind

So nothing to do with this thread then?

;-)

I'm now on all fours

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2 years 39 weeks ago

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201202440719858/sort/priceasc/usedcars/dealer/284431/page/1/postcode/ls11ur/advert-type/dealer-stock?logcode=dsp

This £700 runabout is MOT'd 'til July. A few age related dents, scratches, etc, but it looks like it would do the job. What's more, these earlier versions don't make you look like so much of a tosser. (Sorry Moe).

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Haggle hard old chap. Offer him £150 and work your way up!

My ex brother in law had a 1.6 A3 and it was ok but gutless. And it kept stalling at idle revs for some reason. Was a bit hardwork in traffic. Comfortable seats though.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Evo_ermine wrote:
My ex brother in law had a 1.6 A3 and it was ok but gutless

This one is the 1.8, but not the turbo, so it's not that quick and it's quite thirsty! Still, a lot of car for the money.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

This looks like an excellent proposition for the medium to long term....

http://www.compucars.co.uk/used-cars/nissan/almera/for-sale/?1689649

Oh, yeah compucars....

I'm now on all fours

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2 years 39 weeks ago

http://www.compucars.co.uk/used-cars/saab/9-3/for-sale/?1869171

err, it's not a 9-3 but....

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2 years 39 weeks ago

This looks very cheap, perhaps because it isn't in the desirable gold colour ;)

http://www.mjcmotors.net/vehicle-details/index.aspx?VehicleId=831096

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2 years 39 weeks ago

sportwagon wrote:

This looks very cheap, perhaps because it isn't in the desirable gold colour ;)

http://www.mjcmotors.net/vehicle-details/index.aspx?VehicleId=831096

Is it my eyes or is that back bumper a different colour to the rest of the car?

I know it's a cheap car but I don't bother with dealers who can't be bothered to prepare the car properly before they photograph it. If they can't be bothered to do that then what else can't they be bothered to do?

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2 years 39 weeks ago

http://www4.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201151436908188/sort/priceasc/usedcars/model/sierra/make/ford/radius/1500/page/1/?logcode=p

A bit of a bargain, this one. A one owner, well-maintained, already rare, MOT'd future classic with relatively low mileage for its age. Only £795.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Fidji wrote:

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201202440719858/sort/priceasc/usedcars/dealer/284431/page/1/postcode/ls11ur/advert-type/dealer-stock?logcode=dsp

This £700 runabout is MOT'd 'til July. A few age related dents, scratches, etc, but it looks like it would do the job. What's more, these earlier versions don't make you look like so much of a tosser. (Sorry Moe).

It is amazing how much metal with a decent badge on the front you can get for little more than pocket money!

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Lesia44 wrote:
It is amazing how much metal with a decent badge on the front you can get for little more than pocket money!

I agree. There are plenty of bargains to be had out there.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Lesia44 wrote:
little more than pocket money
At £700? Think I need to reassess my concept of 'pocket money'!

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2 years 39 weeks ago

BriMarsh wrote:
At £700? Think I need to reassess my concept of 'pocket money'!

Cheapskate! ;)

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2 years 39 weeks ago

1998 CITROEN Xantia 3.0i V6 Exclusive £495http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201202441840548/

Had one of these a year or two back as a winter beater. Best snow car I've ever owned, presumably a combination of a short wheelbase and the weight of that V6 over the driven wheels. These have all the trimmings (leather, cruise, you name it), a simply unbeatable ride quality from the last 'true' hydropneumatic setup, and of course outrageous amounts of poke. Stuck to the rear bumper of an acquaintance's Focus RS to the point I genuinely fell out the car laughing at work and he's since had his wanky Ford chipped.

I'd call it a future classic if only because there are so few of them about. Rarer than your average Ferrari (and I'm not kidding).

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2 years 39 weeks ago

ThwartedEfforts wrote:
1998 CITROEN Xantia 3.0i V6 Exclusive £495

Thats a fantastic find, especially at that price. I always thought it a shame they had the compulsory auto, whereas the 406 with the same engine had the choice, but i bet it suits the car quite well. being lighter than the 406 must help too.

the daft thing is, they dont even use that much petrol (406 manual that is) so its probably quite a reasonable car to run.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

The state of that Xantia's front driver's seat (baggy and torn) yet only having low miles suggests to me it might have had a bit of a haircut. It's mighty cheap. Might be wrong of course. It does look in good nick otherwise.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

ThwartedEfforts wrote:
I'd call it a future classic if only because there are so few of them about.

Me too. I once had a Xantia, but it was a 90bhp diesel! The V6 one was typically French and all the better for it. I bet it sounded gorgeous! An ideal car in many ways, and certainly a future classic (as will be all V6 engined family cars, as you won't get any of those anymore). The best bit is that because of mainly high tax rates, there isn't much demand for these types of car, which means that they can be picked up for next to nothing.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Fidji wrote:
as will be all V6 engined family cars, as you won't get any of those anymore
Good point, they are going to become thin on the ground in the face of ever more stifling legislation.

Re: Autotrader Bargains

2 years 39 weeks ago

ThwartedEfforts wrote:

1998 CITROEN Xantia 3.0i V6 Exclusive £495http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201202441840548/

I hadn't looked at the car. That looks to be in pretty good nick and with low miles. The price is unbelivably low, and being a 1998 model, road tax is only £215 per year. Obviously, the fuel economy isn't great, but you wouldn't expect it to be, and at this price, I can see someone using it as second car anyway. In Exclusive trim, it appears to have all the bells and whistles, and at £495 seems like an utter steal. A certain future classic. A great find there. Bravo!

EDIT: I see it's MOT'd too. Always a good sign!

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2 years 39 weeks ago

How does one post an autotrader ad without it showing one's postcode. What what, spiffing, etc.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

You remove the postcode and the bit where it says 'postcode' on the link. It was complete guess work, but it worked for me!

Hope you've got something good to share, Evo!

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2 years 39 weeks ago

It won't let me search for cars without entering a code though? Anyway, hopefully it's deleted, cheers.

Nothing exciting and not really a bargain, but I'm interested in this. Are they standard alloys or Maxpower specials? Any views on these?

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201150435586654/sort/locasc/usedcars/colour/silver/fuel-type/petrol/price-from/2000/quantity-of-doors/3/price-to/4000/model/polo/make/volkswagen/postcode//page/1/radius/1501/keywords/1.4?logcode=p

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Here's a bargain. Not many of these left I suspect. 2.5 V6, £695. Bet you could get it for £500.

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201203442883532/sort/locasc/usedcars/price-to/1000/postcode//page/1/radius/1501?logcode=p

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Inspired by the Xantia, here's a car with the same engine. A bit more expensive, but in great condition, MOT'd, well specced and, well, cooler. Also, being pre-2001, it avoids the high tax rate. So you pay the same amount of tax for it as someone else would for a diesel Golf from the same time.

http://www4.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201203443265843/sort/priceasc/usedcars/dealer/490200/page/1/advert-type/dealer-stock?logcode=dsp

It looks great in black!

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Fidji wrote:
Inspired by the Xantia, here's a car with the same engine

I never thought the coupe would ever get that cheap. Apart from insurance for the young i cant think of a reason someone wouldnt want one.

I bought a 1999 V6 saloon at the end of 1999 when it was 6 months old, so its mechanically the same (except mine was manual) and the coupes were at least £3,000 more expensive then and remained that way for years afterwards.

My father still has the car, so its nearly 13 years old, but depite about 105,000 miles it just works. Its quick, road tests at the time had them doing 60 in just under 7 seconds, makes a great noise, is well screwed together and suprisingly economical. my father averages around 30 mpg driving around cornwall, and 34 to 36 isnt hard on the motorway.

Anyone who can deal with the group 18 insurance of the coupe or 16 of the saloon and estate could do much worse, and the coupe still looks sensational

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2 years 39 weeks ago

That is indeed a lovely looking car. I wonder though how much the dealer bought it for if he's only selling it for £995? Where would he have got it from that was cheaper than that? Not much profit in it surely? Auction maybe? Still it's gotta be worth advertising it for way more than considering the low miles? Shurely shome mishtake?

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2 years 39 weeks ago

artill wrote:

I bought a 1999 V6 saloon at the end of 1999 when it was 6 months old, so its mechanically the same (except mine was manual) and the coupes were at least £3,000 more expensive then and remained that way for years afterwards.

It's a certain future classic and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tempted.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Fidji wrote:
It's a certain future classic and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tempted

Those rear seats look rather sexy don't they. I just can't figure out how they can sell it so cheap without having bought it themselves MEGA cheap and is there a hidden reason why it's so cheap? I'm rather suspicious about used cars after a couple of bad buys in the past in my early 20s. There's only one way to find out of course and that's to go and check it out.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Fidji wrote:
It's a certain future classic and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tempted

I already have too many cars, really more than i have space for. Threads like this are very bad for me. For some reason i quite fancy a MK1 Triumph 2000, or a Rover 2200 TC, fortunately they dont come up too often in decent nick. Please dont find me a good one of either of them!

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Evo_ermine wrote:

Fidji wrote:
It's a certain future classic and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tempted

Those rear seats look rather sexy don't they. I just can't figure out how they can sell it so cheap without having bought it themselves MEGA cheap and is there a hidden reason why it's so cheap? I'm rather suspicious about used cars after a couple of bad buys in the past in my early 20s. There's only one way to find out of course and that's to go and check it out.

No FSH.

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2 years 39 weeks ago

Evo_ermine wrote:
Those rear seats look rather sexy don't they.

What are you implying? ;)

Evo_ermine wrote:
I'm rather suspicious about used cars after a couple of bad buys in the past in my early 20s. There's only one way to find out of course and that's to go and check it out

You do seem quite suspicious, although I can understand why if you have had bad experiences in the past. It looks alright to me, but as you said, you'd have to check it out first. Then again, I'd never buy a used car without giving it a thorough (and I mean thorough) inspection!

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