Cash on collection, getting a full AA inspection done on it before hand (£130 'offer'
). Got it for a good price in any case.
Already planning a trip to France in it
I'd forget the AA report & put the money towards the transporter hire.
Until you've paid for it you've not really bought it as someone else might turn up with a bag of cash & no AA inspection.
Independent engineer reports I've had to overcome have included: 5 tyres need replacing when spare was new & 4 road tyres had at least 6mm tread, tailgate won't open when it did, vanity mirror light not working....it only comes on when the lights are on, 10mm spanner in engine compartment...well take it out, lower swivel rubbers although not perished are ageing & could split which would cause the swivel to ingest grit & ultimately the steering would fail
!!!!!????? most of this was verbal advise to a lady when she queried this
, all tyres good when in fact I pointed out that the front pair were down to the canvas & I fitted a new pair as the customer was driving straight down to Wales that evening to present the car as a gift to his wife. I hadn't noticed the tyres until after the inspection was completed & it was still up on the ramp where the inspection was carried out. These are just the ones I remember.
In all the cases above the customers still purchased from me, after I convinced/proved the report was either wrong or petty. One customer, a lady, got her solicitor to start proceedings against the AA for such a damning report on a perfectly good car & got her inspection fee back.
Now I don't refuse an independent report, as it makes it look like I have something to hide, but I advise them against, especially on older cars, but to bring a knowledgeable friend/mechanic with them instead.