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Old 4th July 2010, 01:25   #1
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Lightbulb Need Help When Buying A Car Some Distance Away?

Buying a used 75 or ZT that is some distance from where you live, can at best be an inconvenience, and at worst a complete waste of money and time.

I myself wanted to buy a ZT which was for sale in Sheffield some months ago. Not a problem, unless like me you live in Southampton. However, with the help of fellow member Duotone who lived nearby, I was able to get an initial heads up on the car which then enabled me to decide whether to travel the 200 miles and pay the considerable train fare to see the car for myself.

Duotone, who I value as a friend, gladly accepted my request to take the initial inspection for me, and he was able to take photographs showing the actual condition of the vehicle, not just the images supplied by the seller.

On the strength of his report, I did make the trip, and purchase the car. This experience has prompted me to post a suggestion which other members might find useful.

Namely that If you are a club member who has spotted a car for sale on the forums, ebay or Autotrader, but that is located at the other end of the country, why not consider asking any members listed below, who live close by, to take the initial look for you. If the area is not covered, then an appeal in the General forum should be the next best option.

With any private sale, one mans 'perfect' may be another mans 'poor', so written descriptions could disappoint, but the beauty of this suggestion is that everyone here has a good eye for our cars, knows what to look for, and can quiz the seller with a detached manner that they couldn't if they themselves were considering buying it.

In addition, asking whoever volunteers to view the car for you, to take a few pictures would certainly help in ascertaining the true condition of the car for sale.

So please don't be afraid to ask on the off chance, in the long run it could save you a considerable amount of time and money. If there is no volunteer in your area of interest, then please post a request in the General Forum.

rrobson has compiled an excellent check list of things to look for when viewing a used car, print off and take along if required
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Further to this, below is a list of members who would be happy to view a vehicle if approached by another club member, click on their user-names to send them a PM request:

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The South

Hantsdave -Portsmouth, Havant, Petersfield and Chichester
Houxboy - Poole and Wimborne
MangoMan - Southampton, Fareham and Eastleigh
Petetourer - Buckinghamshire and Berkshire... Possibly others
Redfive - Weymouth Dorchester area
Reebs - Southampton
thomas 75 connie -Plymouth to Brixham

The South West

arnosvale65 - Bristol
Barry Emmens - Wiltshire
Dorset Bob - North Dorset
operamagorum - 50 mile radius of Blandford Forum, North Dorset
DragonFly - Bristol area
Ratty - parts of Devon & Cornwall
Windslore - West Dorset/ Devon region
Flying Banana - Saltash & Cornwall
Fadows - South West Cornwall

The Midlands

1gp - Derby and Notts area
Bernard LPG - borders of Worcesterhire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire
Buccaneer - West Berkshire and South Oxfordshire
Colbo68 - the Midlands
Coolguy - north Northamptonshire
Jezzer 1 - Warwickshire / West Midlands
john493 - North Oxfordshire / South Warks
Kiltman - Stoke, Staffordshire, Crewe,South Manchester
Mark2000cc - Sutton in Ashfield, Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Skegby, Kirkby in Ashfield, Oak Tree, Edwinstowe (all in the Nottinghamshire area) but not all of Nottinghamshire
philm - herefordshire/gloucestershire/worcestershire
spawn666 - Peterborough area
trebor - Walsall & Wolverhampton
Trophy Blue Tourer - Bletchley/Milton Keynes
victorgte - Gloucestershire/Worcestershire (South)

The East

championdaddy - Letchworth North Herts
Drewski - East Anglia
guru - Norwich and surrounding areas
trikey - Bungay - Norfolk


Canonite - West Yorkshire
Monty1 - Middlesbrough
rrobson - West Yorkshire
sikelsh - South Yorkshire Area
stocktake - Leeds

The North West

Frank Incensed - Manchester
jonathan63 - South Cumbria & Furness
Ken Lion - Radcliffe near Bury, North Manchester
prezz1 - Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

The North East

bazza004 - 20 mile radius of Newton Aycliffe Co. Durham
bobred9 - Northumberland
suzublu - Hartlepool & North East

Northern Ireland

andymc - mid & north Antrim/east Derry area
Colin_NI - Northern Ireland (General Antrim area, but will help out elsewhere!)


trojan - Midlands area, Eire


allan t -Aberdeen area
Captain Leisure - Aberdeen, South Aberdeenshire/Kincardineshire and maybe a bit further
Ennine - Portmahomack & Inverness
FrazzleTC - Dumfries and Galloway
GRAHAM1961 - Edinburgh and the Lothians
Les4048 - Elgin, Moray and surrounding area
Ravinder - Fife, Perthshire, Lothians and Glasgow
Rover 75 Tourer - South West of Glasgow
Terrorfex - Perthshire / Tayside area


dabber5411 - Cardiff
spider13 - Newport, Gwent (SE Wales)

International -
joel antonio - Segovia & Central Spain

The members listed on this thread will view cars in their local area on behalf of fellow club members entirely in good faith, and AT THE PURCHASER'S OWN RISK, no liability can be attributed to the person who viewed the car, or to the Club, if they do not discover any potential fault at the time of viewing, which may arise after purchase. All purchases are made at buyer's own risk, the viewer can only give their honest opinion and their comments should reflect the true status of the vehicle as seen.

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Old 4th July 2010, 01:31   #2
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I would support this. I know only too well what its like to travel hundreds of miles to view something and it be a total waste of my time and fuel costs.
Great idea.
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Perhaps it might be an idea for all those willing to look at a vehicle on another members behalf to put their name on a list with where they live and the list be made sticky.

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Additionally members could, if requested by the would be buyer, take a glance at the car's documentation so that there aren't any nasty surprises waiting later down the line
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Certainly wish I'd done this with mine.

I turned up to view mine, having bought a one way train ticket from Bradford to Birmingham, on my son's birthday.

It did influence my decision to buy. If the car had been closer to home I am certain I would have walked away and not bought it.
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Good idea...

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An excellent idea that I'm sure will catch on.

Whilst not mechanically minded I would gladly go to have a look at any vehicle close-ish on behalf of a member and would definitely ask around if I was the prospective buyer.

When I decided on a 75 Tourer the one I got was the 8th I had looked at.

SWMBO accompanied me on each trip. The trips back were not as nice as the ones there each time!!!

I did over 750 miles before finding the one I wanted
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A very good idea and should prove helpful, but i was afraid of missing mine and drove the 200+ miles to Sittingbourne to view and then leave a deposit, having seen the dealers pictures on the net.I then collected a few days later via a one way £32 train journey.

I do agree though that a lot of time and money can be wasted viewing cars that are not as they first seem in the ad/pics.

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Defin a Good Idea...

Altho' I did ask this a few weeks back for a potential buy and got not a single reply ??
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Default A suggestion to help when buying a car some distance away.

I think this is a very good idea..and i would be willing to do this for anyone.
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