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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:53 am 
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legrandefromage wrote:
Do an ebay completed items search on 'spares/ repair' and do a poll on what is the most common make/ model and go from there. :)


I can't see anything on ebay referring to completed auctions

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:01 pm 
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Isaac_AG wrote:
legrandefromage wrote:
Do an ebay completed items search on 'spares/ repair' and do a poll on what is the most common make/ model and go from there. :)


I can't see anything on ebay referring to completed auctions

Alison


Got it but isn't that because Vauxhalls and fords are the most common cars on the road so they are going to show up as the most sold for spares or repairs?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:47 pm 
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Not really. French cars seem to be fearsomely unreliable. There's no hard and fast rules anymore. One make may be super reliable but expensive to fix. Our fiat has done some 65000 in 3 years and gone wrong only once. Yet fiat have a poor reputation. The internet is a great and terrible place for car buying as for every posituve you'll find a negative.

I am in the same position as you needing a car but am reluctant. The models I 'know' and love are getting on for 20 years old.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:44 pm 
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We bought our 8 year old crv with 125,000 on the clock. 2/3 years later its still going strong with no major issues. Bought from a dealer but a previous 1 owner car. Loads of main dealer history.

Would recommend a crv. Nice high position but not an overly large car. Space for kids or bikes and not extraordinary on fuel.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:14 pm 
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Nice cars but am hoping to get a 1.6 or a 1.8 we have a 2.0 Volvo and it's costing the earth

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:45 pm 
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A Skoda that's under 10years old, preferably with a 1.9tdi engine, job done.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:08 pm 
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legrandefromage wrote:
What does the local taxi firms use?


^ Probably the best bit of guidance, if you really have to buy something fairly recent.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:35 am 
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low mileage means lots of short runs....with a cold engine = lots of engine wear.
High mileage suggest motorway driving with warmed up engine...good.
Most engine wear occurs just after you start the engine!!!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:25 am 
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Bugatti Veyrons seems to be holding their value well, but you will need to make twice as many trips to carry anything anywhere.

http://www4.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201303025581241/usedcars?atcide=emgm3&logcode=emf

Can't get much better than that for a bargain!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:32 am 
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Focus C-Max are good VFM and comfy for 5 up.

Vauxhall haven't made a good vehicle for many years, they're miles behind the competition and are only so prominent on the roads as they offer huge fleet discounts. Ie they all end up as peoples hated heavily discounted company cars and hire/courtesy vehicles. Very few ever serviced properly.


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