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    Waste of an afternoon :(

    Went to look at 3 cars this afternoon, my friends son (Lee) who is a mechanic drove the 25 miles to mine to pick me up and look at them with me.

    1. VW Touran - 2005, private sale, described as being in excellent condition, full service history, 63,000 genuine miles.

    We turned up and as soon as we got near it Lee started laughing, passenger side sill completely bowed in, rust all along it, up over the rear wheel arch and onto the back quarter panel. Looking down the passenger side you could easily see where it had been poorly repaired, all the door handles showed massive signs of wear, all the chrome completely gone etc.. There wasn't a full service history at all just a couple of MOTs.

    2. Citroen C3 Picasso - 2010, local garage, 37,000 miles and again described as in excellent condition, lot's of marks and scrapes to the drivers side rear quarter and around the boot/bumper, tyres described as excellet barely had tread over the wear indicators.

    3. Ford C-Max - 2007, garage 10 miles away, open Sundays 10 - 4pm, got there at 2pm, closed.

    Not a good start to the search I'm afraid

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    I am sorry to hear this. Please persevere, I am sure the right car will be found soon.

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    Hopefully may have found one today, 2010 (59 plate) Kia Carens, not ideal but I can get into it OK, diesel, full dealer service history with 33,000 on the clock. Managed to go have a look at it earlier and it looks clean and tidy, my friends son should be able to get through to give it a good going over sometime this week, possibly tomorrow afternoon.

    So I need to borrow about £4,700 (thanks PIP!), hopefully some discount for cash off the £4,000 for the car, £560 for insurance as after 42 years I have zero no claims bonus (thanks to last July's hail storm!) and about £200 for the road tax.

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    We had a 56 plate Carens diesel , got to about 80,000 miles and things started to go mega wrong, so much so that between Jan and Sept last year it cost us about 2 1/2 grand to keep it on the road engine wise. They can mostly only be repaired at a Kia dealership especially if the specialist software is needed for diagnosis.
    The fuel consumption was very poor too.
    Costing us so much and other things were starting to fail, that we cut our losses and purchased a new car at the end of Sept last year
    In theory a car with that sort of mileage, in this day and age, should go on for longer than 80,000 miles before there are major problems.
    It too had full service history that we kept up after we bought it.
    Don't want to be negative but please be aware of the problems we had.

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    Unless you got low rate mobility PIP (and thus get 50% road tax discount) then you can pay this monthly by direct debit for a very small additional cost. Helps with cashflow!

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    Thanks

    I had a couple of them as loan cars during the great Kuga repair fiasco, unfortunately everything else I can find is either too expensive or not in good condition, this one looks OK, luckily my friends son is a good mechanic and has worked for a couple of major dealerships over the years so knows what to look for. We hadn't got within 3m of the Touran we went to look at before he started shaking his head!.

    I'll let you know what he thinks when he sees it and has a test drive.

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    I too would advise you to avoid the Kia Carens like the plague.

    Something like this would be a better bet : http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...4500&logcode=p

    They're juicy but pretty reliable .....the diesel models were troublesome enough though.

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    Tax at £490 very high.

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    The only Grandis within 100 miles of me is a diesel at £5995 so out of my price range. I went to see 3 cars today (all at the same dealer) 1 was at the body shop!, 1 was sold and the other had massive scuffing along the passenger side, all described as very good condition!.

    There's a car auction tonight, if I can get my friends son to come with me there may be something there.

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    If you could afford and get finance the largest in the Dacia range may do you. Mainly Renault under the bonnet with a little Nissan They are cheap but repayments are low. Forgive me if this seems cheeky.
    Last edited by beau; 13-04-16 at 15:07.

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