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rootsnall
13th November 2007, 09:16
Who was that idiot pushing the benefits of bangernomics only last week !? My beloved high mileage zero maintenance Vectra expired with a bang doing 90 on the M6 last night. I instantly knew it was curtains, got the hazards on and made it across the 4 lanes with about 2 wheel turns to spare, otherwise it would of been an M6 rush hour closure at Jn 21A, much fun for everyone.

So the question is should I set my new budget at £200-600, or go mad and enter the £600-1000 market ?

Any tips on hire cars ?

Churchill
13th November 2007, 09:17
Who was that idiot pushing the benefits of bangernomics only last week !? My beloved high mileage zero maintenance Vectra expired with a bang doing 90 on the M6 last night. I instantly knew it was curtains, got the hazards on and made it across the 4 lanes with about 2 wheel turns to spare, otherwise it would of been an M6 rush hour closure at Jn 21A, much fun for everyone.

So the question is should I set my new budget at £200-600, or go mad and enter the £600-1000 market ?

Any tips on hire cars ?

Would've - FFS!

As for the tips on hire cars, screw the bollocks off them. You should get a decent hire car for £600 per week, long term.

DimPrawn
13th November 2007, 09:22
£1000 is the ideal price band.

Why not try this one (Ford)

http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk/www/cars/FORD+MONDEO/Ne-2-4-5-6-7-8-27-44-49-53-61-64-67-103-133-146,N-12-29-41-4294967084-4294967194/advert.action?R=200744297997409&distance=93&postcode=SN3+6JZ&channel=CARS&make=&model=&min_pr=&max_pr=&max_mileage=

Leather interior + one owner + 54K miles. Should last a few years.

Bear
13th November 2007, 09:29
Yeah - but it's a Ford!!

rootsnall
13th November 2007, 09:32
Timing belt went, a known Vectra problem, I had suspected something was brewing and got as far as doing a bit of revving and listening but that didn't seem to fix it !?! I must be an expert as I told the AA man it was terminal without looking under the bonnet, took him a few seconds to agree.

Would've / would of - I must try harder.

That Mondeo looks OK !

Bagpuss
13th November 2007, 09:43
I could do you an S reg citroen xantia for £500.

rootsnall
13th November 2007, 10:14
I could do you an S reg citroen xantia for £500.

I'd be looking at sub £200 for anything french.

Bagpuss
13th November 2007, 10:18
I'd be looking at sub £200 for anything french.

You'd be looking at a 2CV then or a reliable vauxhall:laugh

Sockpuppet
13th November 2007, 11:37
You could rebuild it....but do you want to spend the money?

rootsnall
13th November 2007, 11:51
You could rebuild it....but do you want to spend the money?

It's dead and buried and already forgotten. The word on the street is I might get £50 for it.

DimPrawn
13th November 2007, 11:55
Get yourself a low mileage Mondeo.

rootsnall
13th November 2007, 11:58
Get yourself a low mileage Mondeo.

Bit pricier and a bit uglier than Vectras. If I don't find a banger before the weekend I'll go to Fords of Winsford, hundreds to choose from, no haggle pricing.

DimPrawn
13th November 2007, 11:59
Bit pricier and a bit uglier than Vectras. If I don't find a banger before the weekend I'll go to Fords of Winsford, hundreds to choose from, no haggle pricing.

I reckon that's a matter of opinion and I'm sure a Ford is tougher and better build than a Vauxhall.

oracleslave
13th November 2007, 12:02
What about a porsche cayman on contract hire. The insurance is only around £4000 a year.

Bagpuss
13th November 2007, 12:03
Fords of Winsford has some real dog ends. Ebay is the place to pick up cheap motors. I could get the likes of that ford for £500

rootsnall
13th November 2007, 12:05
I reckon that's a matter of opinion and I'm sure a Ford is tougher and better build than a Vauxhall.

Much of a muchness. Vectras are tough and low maintenance, one known flaw is the timing belt, I thought it was just mechanic talk until yesterday.

rootsnall
13th November 2007, 12:07
Fords of Winsford has some real dog ends. Ebay is the place to pick up cheap motors. I could get the likes of that ford for £500

They are just better to deal with than your local car dealer, plus loads of choice. Problem with all private sales is the trailing around, the hastle of checking the car is not dodgy and then how to pay for it.

DimPrawn
13th November 2007, 12:12
They are just better to deal with than your local car dealer, plus loads of choice. Problem with all private sales is the trailing around, the hastle of checking the car is not dodgy and then how to pay for it.

For a car around a grand, cash.

It's amazing the deals you can get by showing cash to a desperate private seller or even a dealer.

rootsnall
13th November 2007, 12:27
For a car around a grand, cash.

It's amazing the deals you can get by showing cash to a desperate private seller or even a dealer.

Just having a little scan at what is on offer within a mile of home. There is still the hastle of checking they actually own the car before handing over the wad or would you go on the log book only for a grands worth.

DimPrawn
13th November 2007, 12:30
Just having a little scan at what is on offer within a mile of home. There is still the hastle of checking they actually own the car before handing over the wad or would you go on the log book only for a grands worth.


I'd pay another £20 for a check on the car, check the log book against the address the car is sitting at and take if for a long test drive to check for overheating etc.

http://www.hpicheck.com/newfrontend/

Bagpuss
13th November 2007, 12:32
You can tell by the area if it's dodgy or not. Buy one from a nice leafy suburb, rather than some scally on a street corner in live a phool