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    I have decided to buy a second car budget £8-9k, 6-7 years old and am looking at a Merc C class.

    I have seen a few advertised which I want to have a closer look at. I don't know much about cars other than the basics what to look for. If the car comes with 12 months MOTl would this be enough or should I have a further inspection with the AA/RAC etc ?

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    Check that it's not a stolen car...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiser78 View Post
    I have decided to buy a second car budget £8-9k, 6-7 years old and am looking at a Merc C class.

    I have seen a few advertised which I want to have a closer look at. I don't know much about cars other than the basics what to look for. If the car comes with 12 months MOTl would this be enough or should I have a further inspection with the AA/RAC etc ?
    An MOT states it passed a set of tests at a certain garage on a certain date. From this point onwards anything could have happened.

    If they are offering to put it through an MOT then it's a better gauge IMHO.

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    An MOT only tests roadworthiness i.e. that the lights, steering and brakes work properly, chassis is sound, bodywork isn't a danger to pedestrians, seatbelts & mountings are up to snuff, that sort of thing.

    The MOT test for your vehicle : Directgov - Motoring

    It won't tell you if the engine or transmission is on it's last legs or if the car is stolen, has been in accident, written off, or has outstanding finance that you could become liable for.

    The best bet is to get a HPI check and either take a knowledgeable friend or get an AA or RAC inspection done to make sure it's mechanically OK. They will also spot if it's been in a shunt. It's also a good idea to look for a car with a proper service history, receipts for work done elsewhere etc. Alternatively go to a main dealer and get one with a guarantee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiser78 View Post
    I have decided to buy a second car budget £8-9k, 6-7 years old and am looking at a Merc C class.

    I have seen a few advertised which I want to have a closer look at. I don't know much about cars other than the basics what to look for. If the car comes with 12 months MOTl would this be enough or should I have a further inspection with the AA/RAC etc ?
    I remember some discussion in your column of the tendency of a certain era of Mercedes to be extremely rust-prone. In our extended family we have an 18-year-old Volvo 760 estate, a 14-year-old Peugeot 106, a 12-year-old Saab 900 and an eight-year-old Mercedes E 200K, all owned from new and kept on the drive. The only one with rust problems is the Mercedes, which we have owned from new and which has been regularly serviced at Mercedes Brooklands. Just before it reached eight years we took up the rust problem up with Brooklands, which said we might be eligible for a goodwill payment. They sent photos of the car to head office, which requested more photos then rejected the claim. Appealing through all levels of management and even to Germany produced neither resolution nor explanation. We can’t see us ever buying another Mercedes, but the Peugeot 106 has been a revelation.

    The Mercedes W210 E-class rust problem, shared with W203 C-class and W220 S-class, is well known and is due to cost-cutting at the factory. The effect of it and other problems has been to destroy Mercedes’ reputation for “quality” and led to a tumbling of its used car values. But this is good news for anyone buying a new Mercedes because, like a restaurant striving to recapture a lost Michelin star, Mercedes has to try a lot harder to regain its lost reputation, so the new cars have to be a lot better.

    Honest John: a rusty Mercedes, and lack of satnav upgrades - Telegraph
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    How about a nice CLK320. Obsidian black with straw leather and 18" AMG 5 spokes. An honest car owned by my family since nearly new (3 registered keepers - 3rd being me, second my brother-in-law and 1st the Merc garage owner). It's a 2003 though I think it must have been pre-registered as the running in stamp is well into 04. Less than 50K miles. No sat nav/command but just about all the other extras except a sunroof.

    It would be within your budget - just - and there'd be no risk of being diddled.

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    clk - yuck

    that's a Wife's car !

    hmmm what to buy in the £9,000 shall we say... 'quality car' bracket ?


    A8 diesel

    Used AUDI A8 Car for Sale - Auto Trader UK

    Phaeton...


    voila.... 2006 Phaeton 3.0 v6 diesel 60,000 miles £8,500

    2006 VOLKSWAGEN PHAETON 3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION 4dr [5 Seat] Auto Diesel Saloon


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    Quote Originally Posted by milanbenes View Post
    Phaeton...


    voila.... 2006 Phaeton 3.0 v6 diesel 60,000 miles £8,500

    2006 VOLKSWAGEN PHAETON 3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION 4dr [5 Seat] Auto Diesel Saloon


    sorteeeed

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    Not quite sorted. WTF is this on the advert???

    CAR FULL REPER IN VW GARAGE FULL HYSTORY FROM REPER .12 MONTH WARRANTED FROM VW
    His CLK might be a wifes car but they you don't get the knackers for that price you have posted up on here to take a chance with IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by milanbenes View Post
    clk - yuck

    that's a Wife's car !

    hmmm what to buy in the £9,000 shall we say... 'quality car' bracket ?


    A8 diesel

    Used AUDI A8 Car for Sale - Auto Trader UK

    Phaeton...


    voila.... 2006 Phaeton 3.0 v6 diesel 60,000 miles £8,500

    2006 VOLKSWAGEN PHAETON 3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION 4dr [5 Seat] Auto Diesel Saloon


    sorteeeed

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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    Not quite sorted. WTF is this on the advert???
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    aha

    I see what you mean




    ok, back to the drawing board

    yet again it seems, you don't get something for nothing


    ok £9,000

    what about something more modest...

    A4 quattro

    Mondeo ST220

    Passat 4motion

    etc


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