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Buying a new car - any advice?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by pboreham, 15 April 2009.

  1. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Just had my Escort MOT'd and its FAIL'D :LOL:

    Not worth getting the repairs done, so I'm after some new wheels.

    Any tips Evo-Webbers? I'm thinking of somewhere like CarGiant or CarCraft - so your horror stories on these please.

    Would prefer another Ford just because of the price of repairs etc, but that said, I'm taken by the Kia Cee'd with their 7 year warranty :)

    Hit me peeps...
     
  2. matherto

    matherto 12 Times

    13 October 2004
    St. Helens, Merseyside.
    Manchester United
    Well Kia's are very good cars now, their reputations are growing by the minute, and the Cee'd has got good reviews from most of the motoring press as far as I can tell.

    Probably better for insurance than a Ford as well.

    Either way, I'd honestly say going to a dealer for a new car is better than going to Carcraft or something like that. It's a buyers market and the dealers need to sell cars. There are massive bargains to be had on new cars right now.
     
  3. Jamesy

    Jamesy No. 7

    21 February 2005
    Dartford
    Manchester United FC
    :ninja chop: (You did say to hit you!)

    Are there any other cars you like the look of? As you mentioned the Kia I'm guessing you're looking at similar ones (hatchbacks) like we are?

    We're looking at changing our Corsa at the moment, so we've been looking at hatchbacks lately. We were looking at 1-2 year old cars, as it's mainly used for driving to the train station & other short journeys, though depending on what you're after some cars work out cheaper to buy as brand new.

    For example, 2 yr old Corsa's are in the 7k range (8.5 brand new), and brand new Hyundais (of similar size) aren't far off. I don't know what the repairs would be like, but I wouldn't have thought it would be as bad as a few years ago...

    I upgraded my car 6 months ago from a Civic to a Type R, and would recommend them for a look / drive (as the rear view can out people off), and Honda have a good rep for reliable cars.

    The only time we didn't buy through a dealer was for my sister's 1st car (we used Autotrader). It was a N reg Peugeot 106 and had no brakes & crap steering. I'm glad I didn't let her drive it until we had it serviced!
     
  4. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Cheers guys...

    I really like the Type R's - be out of my range though I think.

    Ideally looking to buy new and upto £11k absolute max - so that does kind of limit what we can get.

    The reason I like the Kia's is the warrantly, low(ish!) new price and running cost.

    Only really using for short journeys - and I work from home, so its not even gonna be used every day.

    I'll keep looking, but running out of time - got 3 days of MOT left!
     
  5. Nick Cave

    Nick Cave Wrexham fan for my sins...

    10 July 2004
    Non football league waste land...
    Wrexham AFC
    My advise would be to buy nearly new or a demonstratior and save yourself the hit...
     
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  6. Jamesy

    Jamesy No. 7

    21 February 2005
    Dartford
    Manchester United FC
    11k should get you a nice motor, or a least a shiny one ;)
    Just had a quick look online, and for your price range (or even less) you could get:

    Hyundai I30
    Peugeot 207 / 208
    Vauxhall Astra
    Renault Megane
    Fiat Punto / Bravo
    Ford Focus / Fiesta
    Seat Ibiza
    Kia Ceed
    Mazda 3

    Vauxhall & Mazda have good right ups in our house, though I don't know much about the others...
     
  7. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Thanks Jay - Kia have an offer on at the moment of a 'Pro-Ceed' for around 10k.

    Gonna go have a look at them tonight.
     
  8. Nick Cave

    Nick Cave Wrexham fan for my sins...

    10 July 2004
    Non football league waste land...
    Wrexham AFC
    Does it have to be brand new pboreham, unless I was buying a bigger car you can get some fantastic savings on some very low mileage cars less than a year old and given some warranties run to 7 years now, there is no issues...?
     
  9. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Just wanted to avoid any issues, but no, doesnt HAVE to be new... just think I could drive a better bargain on a new car than used?

    Any good places to look - I'm preferring main dealerships rather than smaller independents...
     
  10. Nick Cave

    Nick Cave Wrexham fan for my sins...

    10 July 2004
    Non football league waste land...
    Wrexham AFC
    The best bet is to do as you are and shop around, there is a lot of nearly new stock out there if you're not wanting top specs and some great bargains to barter on, my mate got nearly 6k off a 58 Mondeo with less that 2k and some extra kit... :BLINK:
     
  11. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Hmmmmm... cheers Nick... I'm gonna go car hunting tonight - will report back!
     
  12. Nick Cave

    Nick Cave Wrexham fan for my sins...

    10 July 2004
    Non football league waste land...
    Wrexham AFC
    Good luck and remember the price on the sticker is a starting point... :D
     
  13. Jamesy

    Jamesy No. 7

    21 February 2005
    Dartford
    Manchester United FC
    You're right about that. When I bought my CTR I played a couple of dealers off each other and got a really good deal.

    Some dealers also honour internet prices, so might be worth printing some off and taking them with you.
     
  14. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Not looking forward to this to be honest! I've always brought cheapy 2nd hand cars from shitty dealers.

    Dealing with the big(ger) boys now!
     
  15. Nick Cave

    Nick Cave Wrexham fan for my sins...

    10 July 2004
    Non football league waste land...
    Wrexham AFC
    Remember they are desperate for sales... :BRMM:
     
  16. Jamesy

    Jamesy No. 7

    21 February 2005
    Dartford
    Manchester United FC
    You'll be fine. Let us know how you get on :)
    Let them know you're just looking & researching other cars. They usually try to pressure you into a deal straight away, but if you're not ready don't be afraid to walk away, especially if you're not 100% happy with what they're offering.
     
  17. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Righto... not a big update for now. Went to the Kia showroom and definitely think that is the way we are gonna go. The 7 year warranty for what we can afford is too good to pass on.

    Just absolutely dead confused about their financing options.

    Anyways, going back tomorrow for a test drive :)
     
  18. Tim7

    Tim7 Retired Footballer

    6 May 2003
    Gravesend
    Charlton Athletic FC
    :TU:
     
  19. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Urgh! Feel like throwing up!!!

    Didnt sleep last night thinking about it and have been at the garage since 2pm.

    I am now the new owner of a Kia Cee'd 1.6 CRDi LS on a '57' plate (all mumbo-jumbo to me!). Black, cruise-control, air-con, alloys, iPod connectivity, CD player all electric windows and 6 years warranty.

    Lovely, I mean REALLY lovely car to drive, so responsive, even in 5th it had a shit load of power left and I was doing 80+ without even thinking in the test drive - not sure that went down well!

    Got £500 off of it in the end with some (shit) bargaining, so please, no "you should not have paid that" comments etc... got it for £9,495 in the end.

    So there you go, how to spunk £10k in the blink of an eye. I'm off for a little cry now...
     
  20. Shooto

    Shooto Champions League

    16 April 2002
    Paisley
    Enjoy it :)


    btw, what happened to the other year on the warranty?
     
  21. Tim7

    Tim7 Retired Footballer

    6 May 2003
    Gravesend
    Charlton Athletic FC
    Wow, cruise control! Sexiiee stuff! My Dad's car has got it and it's bloody brilliant, didn't touch the pedals at all on the M25 last Monday night coming home from Winchester :)).

    Post a piccy Pboreham :)).
     
  22. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Well, this is how much I know about cars... we went to look at the black one (after initially taking an exactly the same spec White version out) and he said, "oh, this one has cruise control as well" - I was like "oh cool, good"

    Whispered to my Dad, "whats that then?" :LOL:

    I'm picking it up Tuesday, so I'll get some pics then for sure!

    Dead excited now, its a really nice car. I used to have a reasonably new 206 years ago (till a lorry decided to reshape it into a cube) and that was nice, but this is so much better.
     
  23. matherto

    matherto 12 Times

    13 October 2004
    St. Helens, Merseyside.
    Manchester United
    Congratulations mate.

    Glad you went for the Cee'd, they look like a really nice car, simple but effective styling and a good bunch of kit on every model.

    Enjoy it.
     
  24. Nick Cave

    Nick Cave Wrexham fan for my sins...

    10 July 2004
    Non football league waste land...
    Wrexham AFC
    Nice one, enjoy bud, just remember cruising around with the stereo on full blast with your windows down, only gets 13 year old boys moist so resist... :LOL:
     
  25. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Ha! Leather back driving gloves, a box of mints and Radio 4 more like it!
     
  26. matherto

    matherto 12 Times

    13 October 2004
    St. Helens, Merseyside.
    Manchester United
    You're just giving Gary Glitter ideas here, I'm just waiting to see him cruising down the local high street in a tricked out Saxo with a bit of drum and bass on. :CONFUSE:
     
  27. MonkeyJug

    MonkeyJug Steering 747s Up Above U!

    15 December 2001
    Southampton
    Glasgow Rangers
    i'm making the jump from VW to ford as soon as the focus RS comes out!

    what a car!
     
  28. OPM

    OPM ... Staff

    2 June 2003
    Budapest
    .
    seriously looking into used porsche cayenne's at the moment, 2003 or 2004 model with around 90-100k km run starting at 23.000€. strong, reasonable price and a big car. brilliant for the autobahn over here. :D
     
  29. Nick Cave

    Nick Cave Wrexham fan for my sins...

    10 July 2004
    Non football league waste land...
    Wrexham AFC
    I take it gas is cheaper over there then... :P
     
  30. Tim7

    Tim7 Retired Footballer

    6 May 2003
    Gravesend
    Charlton Athletic FC
    Wow! Very nice OPM! I'd love to go on the autobahn with a nice car! It must be mental :LOL:.
     

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