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I've just booked an RAC vehicle inspection on a second hand car I'm interested in. It's the first time I've spent any serious money on a car so I'm being a bit cautious.

Anyone had any experience with this? Was it worth it?

Buying a used car for many thousands from a dealer - anyone had any experience of having to get them to fix issues after the sale? Any advice for before or after the sale?
 

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oh yes . did it with a 2011 Focus ST , found out it had been a near write off and consequently got a full refund
Crazy! What kind of check was that? I've booked the comprehensive check that costs like £230!
 

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I have been driving cars and bikes for years. You can usually tell if there is a serious fault on the test drive, also look at the old mots. But obviously that wont tell about write-offs etc.
If all else fails, kick the tyres and ask where to sign.
I would also use that inspection as bartering tool, if any faults are found. Try and recoup the cost of the inspection off the price of the car
 

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I have been driving cars and bikes for years. You can usually tell if there is a serious fault on the test drive, also look at the old mots. But obviously that wont tell about write-offs etc.
If all else fails, kick the tyres and ask where to sign.
I would also use that inspection as bartering tool, if any faults are found. Try and recoup the cost of the inspection off the price of the car
Cheers. The car drives lovely and has been well looked after but it's got a few miles on it so I want an experienced eye/ear to check things like the engine and the power steering etc.

I've literally spent a grand total of £3500 buying cars over the last 13 years! So buying something that is thousands gives me the shits.

Got no issues spanking 7 grand on a toy to throw down banks and in ditches though. :LOL: :ROFLMAO: :LOL:
 

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Check on trust pilot to see what people say.
 

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Inspections are very popular in the Porsche world and you get specialists that just inspect Porsche's. They know all of the common issues with particular models, i.e bore scoring was a well documented issue on some year of 911's and Cayman's and required a bore scope to check. This probably would save you a lot of grief finding out early. I suppose it comes down to the make and model of the car you want to buy, the cost of the car vs the cost of the inspection and if its just a very general check over or if its a specialist vehicle and experienced inspector?
 
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It's a bit like having a survey on a house. Is the surveyor/inspector going to give you any kind of come-back if a problem presents that he should have picked up on? For instance, you can buy a used car warranty (actually mechanical insurance) from the RAC. Would this give you more or less protection than the inspection?

How qualified is he/she? Does he have practical experience of the vehicle in question? If it's a really exotic vehicle, would you be better off going on an appropriate forum and asking what problems are likely to present, and how to spot them?

IMHO there are few better ways to inspect a car than driving it about on a mix of roads for at least an hour, doing some stops and restarts, looking at the instruments, getting the wheels off the ground, shining a lamp under the bonnet and under the car etc.
 

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It ain't no Porsche but to me, it's a lot of cash to spend on a car. I'm 90% happy with it but just want someone experienced to give it the all clear. I don't mind wear and tear but if there is any bad engine noises then I'd like to know.

Bear in mind, I've bought 4 brand new bikes and all of them have had issues. I don't get a lot of luck when it comes to big purchases.
 

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MOT history check can tell you how well a car has been looked after. Driven into the ground until the MOT, where it fails with a shopping list of faults each year.
Can see if it's been clocked too. I've been to see a few cars where the dash mileage disagrees with the drivers seat wear.
And this may sound racist, but it's more culturalist; never buy a car off an Indian or Pakistani. Conning, dodging, ducking and diving seems to be a way of life for them. Last one I dealt with was selling an Astra Van with 75k on the clock. Got there and the condition and seats looked more like 175k. Did a MOT history check in his office, and sure enough, 175k.
"Ah, I didn't know!"
Fuck off you lying cunt.
 

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Do a google search about the car and what common issues it has, read up on a few forums about them etc.

Suppose you dont want to say what car it is on here?
 

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Cheers. I've done a fair bit of research and looked at a number of examples. I'm happy with the car but cautious that I'm not a car mechanic so will miss things. Also, it's a diesel, of which I have no experience.

Comes with an 8 month warranty and the garage are doing the cambelt, service, MOT etc. So that should give me some piece of mind...
 
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