I need a cheap car - ASAP

goodoldboy

MIA
Book Reviewer
Thanks - I just checked the car I crashed in March 2018 and it says the MOT is expired, yes I should hope so as it is probably a pile of fragments in a foundry somewhere.

I have no idea of the registration number for the Mondeo - perhaps they might tell me or even send a picture? I need wheels ASAP. Cars under £1000 (ideally < £800) in North Devon - though possibly Exeter might have a bigger pool of motors.
There's a few that may suit you on Gumtree Barnstaple ...
 

Yokel

LE
Well I have seen a couple of possible motors in the right price range not too far from me - but will they get on the drive? Can they be reversed up the drive?

Magane - no problem. Astra (brother's) - no problem. Escort - no problem. Vectra - the front underneath bit scraped along the ground. In other words Megaine/Astra size is right. One of the possibles is a Ford Focus, and another a VW Golf. What are they like in terms of size?
 

happyuk

Old-Salt
From the auctions, local paper or Autotrader:

Hyundai i10
Suzuki Swift
Toyota Yaris or Corolla
Honda Civic or Jazz
Seat Leon
Deffo the Yaris. Bloody good solid snug reliable little cars.

But the key to finding a reliable car is to disregard all the anecdotal personal stories that you might have heard, and look to a source that collects this data from thousands of people and government organisations. Which? magzine in the UK perhaps; in the United States two notable places are Consumer Reports magazine, and Phil Edmonston’s Lemon-Aid Used Car guide.

Many of the reports have great info but they are still a bit too “Consumer” for me, only having reliability data on recent model years of cars, while for a skinflint like me the newest car I would consider is usually 10 or more years old.

This is a GREAT article btw:

 

Yokel

LE
As much by luck as judgement - problem solved. Car about the same size as my old one found - and taken for test drive. Deposit made. Will collect it later this week.

A bit more than I had hoped for, but it was a full MOT and low mileage. I like to support local businesses but I phoned up the guy I got the last one (and the one before that) from but he had nothing similr in stock, and it is pot luck what he gets in.
 

goodoldboy

MIA
Book Reviewer
As much by luck as judgement - problem solved. Car about the same size as my old one found - and taken for test drive. Deposit made. Will collect it later this week.

A bit more than I had hoped for, but it was a full MOT and low mileage. I like to support local businesses but I phoned up the guy I got the last one (and the one before that) from but he had nothing similr in stock, and it is pot luck what he gets in.
What is it?
 

Yokel

LE
What is it?
A Citreon Piccaso. I would have waited to see what the local guy could get, but could be waiting ages. It seems very similar to the last one. Got the insurance squared away, got it taxed, and will have it sometime tomorrow.

I did a test drive and all seemed well - and it has a new MOT. I am keen to start getting used to it as the gear stick is in a different position to previous cars.
 
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A Citreon Piccaso. I would have waited to see what the local guy could get, but could be waiting ages. It seems very similar to the last one. Got the insurance squared away, got it taxed, and will have it sometime tomorrow.

I did a test drive and all seemed well - and it has a new MOT. I am keen to start getting used to it as the gear stick is in a different position to previous cars.
If it's a Xsara Picasso, you've picked a winner, especially if you have the 2.0 Hdi diesel. Mine was 15 years old when I got rid of it and only did so because the firm I was working for stipulated a 10 year age limit. Other than servicing and tyres, it cost me £300 in repairs in the 9 years that I had it. And not a bit of rust. 65mpg in the country and 45mpg around town.

It just takes a bit of time to get used to the windscreen pillar - for the first 6 weeks, I regretted buying it but not since.
 
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It just takes a bit of time to get used to the windscreen pillar - for the first 6 weeks, I regretted buying it but not since.
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Ive yet to encounter a modern car that doesn't have this problem - In our clio You can hide a car at 30M in the A pillars and an arctic lengthways at 100M - The C4 was the same.
 

Yokel

LE
I went to pick it up last Thursday but the car would not start, so they gave me a loan car. I phoned during the week and they were working on it and they needed to order a part.

The loan car is fine but it is not mine so I am a bit wary of using it too much.
 

Yokel

LE
The car was being delivered today - having done the work needed, and left over the weekend to make sure it would start after being left, when some sort of big trailer crashed into it and turned it into a write off.

I do not believe it! FFS I am unlucky. Since I have paid for it and had it insured and taxed do I make a claim or what? Also it leaves me without a car, which is tricky as I live out in the sticks.

Bah!
 

anglo

LE
The car was being delivered today - having done the work needed, and left over the weekend to make sure it would start after being left, when some sort of big trailer crashed into it and turned it into a write off.

I do not believe it! FFS I am unlucky. Since I have paid for it and had it insured and taxed do I make a claim or what? Also it leaves me without a car, which is tricky as I live out in the sticks.

Bah!
Not delivered, They must give you your cash back, someone is taking the piss out of you
 

Yokel

LE
Not delivered, They must give you your cash back, someone is taking the piss out of you
Which would mean somehow getting the loan car back to them.....

It never rains, it pours. There was me thinking it would be good to have wheels again - my own wheels.

Sometimes I have no idea whether to laugh or cry.
 
You have been messed about enough.
Tell them you want your money back, after you have cancelled the insurance,(so you don't incur anymore expense).
It is up to them, not you to recover the loan car so they will have to come and pick it up.
 

anglo

LE
Which would mean somehow getting the loan car back to them.....

It never rains, it pours. There was me thinking it would be good to have wheels again - my own wheels.

Sometimes I have no idea whether to laugh or cry.
Have you got any mates that will give you a helping hand to sort this out
by the sound of it you need somebody to shit on this lot
 

Yokel

LE
I got a full refund. I got a cheque from DVLA for the unused road tax. I just need to find a new set of wheels - same sort of car, same sort of price. It would be nice to get it locally without having to travel to the other end of the county.
 

Yokel

LE
There is a local Piccaso that sounds promising but has a spanner sign on the dashboard. Surely that just means it needs a service? It does sound promising with six months MOT and only one advisory item.

The loan car is being picked on on Friday, so hopefully I will have viewed it by then.
 
Xsara Picasso £1,395 on AutoTrader, 78k miles.

Soz can’t do links on this gash phoneCA385C0D-D527-4DFC-A1ED-B27E527A6ADA.png
 
There is a local Piccaso that sounds promising but has a spanner sign on the dashboard. Surely that just means it needs a service? It does sound promising with six months MOT and only one advisory item.

The loan car is being picked on on Friday, so hopefully I will have viewed it by then.
 

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