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Motoring Bargains; Buyer Beware?

Discussion in 'Motoring Related Discussion' started by ernieh, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. ernieh

    ernieh Senior Member

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    OK guys, these two cars are for sale at a garage in Fife; what do you think? (I've already checked the MOT History and I won't be buying either of them!)

    FE59LSN - Audi
    SO61ONF - MB C Class

    Ernie
     
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    Link to the cars would be useful...

    Lost a few miles has the audi, what's up with the Merc (apart from no MOT and lack of maintenance (probably because of the low miles))
     
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    With the Merc it looks like a change of owner (or change of usage) from 2018/19 as the mileage has gone up significantly from previous years. What it's failed on is basic maintenance items
    Low miles does not necessarily equal a good car - could have been sat parked up by the coast rusting away nicely with the sea air

    Audi looks well dodgy with a duplicate service book with random stamps that don't line up with the MOT history...:rolleyes:
     
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    If you looked at the history of cars we've owned there have been a couple of cars where mileage has gone from 13k to 2k, and from 2k-10k. It can happen.
     
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    Or in my case the mot marked my km
    as mls and refused to change it and with biggish mls it made quite a difference.
     
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    The mot history website can suffer from bad info input. My sons car was due in may, he went on the site for the date, and site said it was due in september, and had a mileage significantly below his. Further research showed the-test was done in Birmingham, when car had never been south of selkirk. He phoned in to alert them, but that test info is still there along with its new may test, which of course shows a starship leap in mileage.
     
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    Wife’s car suffered wrong mileage input on the first MOT, the trip meter was on display, (4000miles ish) and they entered 40,000 miles. When it has only done 15k ish miles.

    Numpties apparently couldn’t amend it.......
     
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    Just a small thing on the MB, the wheels in the picture gallery are not the wheels that are shown on the car :confused:
     
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    They’re off a ford ranger or some other ford 4x4 thing
     
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    You're absolutely right, of course; like all computer systems, these can suffer from the GIGO Syndrome. (Garbage In; Garbage Out)

    Nevertheless, taken with other available information, MOT History can help in making a decision on whether to view such a vehicle or not. Personally, I would give both of these a pass, the Audi because of the mileage discrepancies and the duplicate service history and the MB because I wouldn't trust a garage to correct all the faults picked up on MOT.

    Ernie
     
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    Hmm.

    Modern cars can still be and are clocked. High milers bought, clocked and re-marketed as low mileage examples.

    With regards to the discrepancies of posters above, whose own cars are showing incorrect information, I wonder if this could be down to cloned number plates?
     
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    Agreed about user error.. On my last car the odometer readings in the service book were all wrong. mls/kms/mls.. it would appear the mechanic just read off the odometer and pay attention to the units.

    I imagine the same think could happen in an MOT scenario.
     

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