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Selling my car

Discussion in 'Motoring Related Discussion' started by littlebrooklyn, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. EmilysDad

    EmilysDad Senior Member

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    You've said it. If a MOT stn also does repairs, there's a vested interest to find something to repair. My MOT stn just does MOTs ;-)
     
  2. Chrishazle

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    I've been taking both my cars to the same place for MoT for 9-10 years now, originally it was Nationwide Autocentre then they were bought out by Halfords so it became a Halfords Autocentre. They have never tried any "you need this done" tricks in that entire time - I have had advisories on the MoT a few times, and a couple of fails on bulbs needing replaced, but nothing else.
     
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    That's staggering for a Halfords MOT place!

    Everyone I know that used the one near work (SW20) has been conned into unneccessary "repairs". Usually Rear brake cylindwers, because they are inaccessible and difficult to check (and Safety-related, so easy to scare Joe Public)

    Maybe they are closing down next week and had nothing further to gain?
     
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    littlebrooklyn

    littlebrooklyn Senior Member

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    I had another call about the car this afternoon, this time from a chap in Cyprus. Have no idea if he was genuine or not, hadn't thought that someone from there might want to buy a car and have it shipped there. He asked if I could get the car to Enfield where the company who ship the cars are based but I said no as quite honestly it's a pain to get there, ironically it's where I bought the car in the first place and when Keith went to pick it up it took him ages. Not sure if it was a scam or not, surely they have cars to buy there? My daughter in laws father lives there but I don't remember him taking his car with him when he moved there :confused:
     
  5. EmilysDad

    EmilysDad Senior Member

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    That smells like a scam to me. Even if it wasn't, as you say, the extra hassle just wouldn't be worth it.
     
  6. Craiglxviii

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    Yes they have cars to buy in Cyprus, and it smells awful fishy to me. The request to go to Enfield, not Cyprus ;)
     
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    "I am Nigerian royalty. I will give eleventy million dollars for your car. Please send me all your bank account details."
     
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    littlebrooklyn

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    As soon as he said 'Oh I'm sure I can trust you, I can tell you are honest just talking to you' rang alarm bells for me. How anyone would buy a car without seeing it just doesn't sound right to me ;)
     
  9. davidsl500

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    The overseas scams are usually based on the shipping costs scam. They pay into your bank account the cost of the car plus say a £1000 to pay for shipping. They tell you to pay their nominated shipper on their behalf. The shippers bank account is theirs of course and then you find out their original payment has bounced.....
     
  10. davemercedes

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    Cyprus is full of ex-rental cars - lots of them get sold off at the end of 1 x season!

    Even though small automatics are more rare than manuals, there's no doubt you did the right thing; you need eyes in the back of your head with these people.
     
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    Always sold on ebay so not sure if you have enough characters on an autotrader ad but putting in capitals at the end

    "I will only sell for cash on collection, no other arrangements, places to ship to, I've heard them all"

    worked a treat the last two cars I sold and didn't get hassle.

    Must admit once was selling some snow chains on gumtree and a guy called me up saying he would pay me from luxembourg for them and drive over to collect them on sunday. Laughed him off saying cash on collection and my dad was in all sunday and the address is in ad if he wanted.

    Then Sunday my dad phones me saying there's a guy with an old W124 on luxembourg plates outside and he wants the snow chains for 75 quid cash (the advertised price)!! So you never know how genuine some of these people are. Cars in some places are available but eye wateringly expensive and I think Cyprus is one of those places.
     
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    I did something similar. I wanted a Mamiya 645 camera and found one in NZ. Told the guy I'd have it and would come over to collect end of the following week.

    The look on his face when I announced myself to him when I went to collect was priceless!

    It just happened I was going anyway to see family :)
     
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    I sold the car just now, got £5,100 which is pretty much what I was after. Actually had 2 people very keen to buy it :D
     
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    Well done for selling it. You get timewasters everywhere. I sold a Volvo S60 0n e bay a couple of years ago. It had about 130000 miles and I was asking £750. Despite the mileage, it was excellent mechanically and body wise.
    I had an enquiry from a bloke from Inverness on the first day. I live in Swansea. He asked me to hold on to the car and he would be down the following day. I didn't really hold out much hope and, even though another potential buyer contacted me who was living local, I thought I would stick to my promise.
    At 10 pm the following night, the bloke from Inverness phoned me from my local railway station asking for directions to my home, I went to collect him, made him a cup of tea and a sandwhich before he paid me the money and drove back to Inverness.
    There are some decent buyers out there. I just could not believe he would do all that for a £700 car.
     
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    Well done, Lyn. Not too bad a price but then, it was in very good nick etc
    - Glad you kept you cool so that's one less thing to worry about!
     
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    Well done Lyn it did look well cared for and those are the ones that sell, a little bit of haggling did the trick and not a bad outcome:D
     

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