AO Platinum Member
Join Date: May 2013
County: Phnom Penh
I have no issue with them not putting cars in for a test until they have buyer lined up, and not fixing trivial MoT related faults until it goes for a test. It's the misdescription that has always driven me mad. 150,000 miles is not just over 100,000 miles. A car with lacquer peel on every panel is not in "excellent condition". That rust on the rear arches is not surface rust, it may be showing on the surface but it's eaten through from underneath. A service will not fix that cloud of blue smoke.
It seems the middle ground these days is occupied by car supermarket type places who basically sell you a finance package with a car thrown in. Not really my thing but it seems to be what people want. My next door neighbour was in the game for over 30 years. In later years, he sold them from home, openly as a trader, including a couple to me. He had contacts at a couple of ex-Rover dealers and used to get the pick of their trade-ins. He didn't sell crap, they were all sensibly priced and on the button, usually for £750-£2000. Slowly over 3-4 years, the business dried up completely because he didn't offer finace and free insurance that sort of thing.
Auto Express - six issues for a quid. Offer must end soon (and then immediately start up again).
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