Quiffy wrote:my old car, a c-max with over 100,000 on the clock, is costing a regular whack in repairs at the moment so i'm thinking of trading it in for a smaller family car. i took a shine to a ford focus that was an 11 plate diesel with 35,000 miles. all good except it was a diesel, hence being what i reckon is a good price of £5600. i've got a couple of questions though....
i know diesels aren't considered eco friendly and they plan to increase taxes on them, this one is a 'euro 5 diesel' does anyone know if it's worth avoiding cos of these costs in the future? all i've read so far seems to suggest that if i pootle round york it shouldn't be too much to worry about.
secondly, my old car is a heap, 2 kids have grown up in it spilling drive through drinks and vomitting etc. it's done trips to the tip and has multiple scratches from the bush at the end of the drive and other minor scuffs and scrapes. webuyanycar.com said they'd give me £1205 if it was in top condition, it isn't and i haven't yet been to find out what they would give me, but the garage i've spent far too long in this dinnertime said they'd only give me £366 for it, it being an old 1.8cdi diesel c-max. i wan't expecting £1205 cos i know it's in a state but i was expecting nearer £1000? most of the damage is superficial.
edit to add, been on the phone to webuyanycar in york and even with my description of the state of the motor and what evans halshaw said, they reckon i should get £900. i'll find out next monday when i take it down there.
i'm quite looking forward to evans halshaw following up my test drive. the girl who i dealt with was lovely, when i said i wasn't impressed with their valuation the manager came over, he wasn't, he was a right soppy condescending arse, like the worst type of primary school teacher.
anyone any experience of this sort of thing???
I've done the webuyanycar thing, absolute cowboys, I got offered less than I'd hoped but ultimately did the deal anyway as by the time I'd gone through the evaluation I'd lost the will to live and, ultimately, everyone knows I was there for the same reason anyone is: selling private is too much hassle/the car isn't in a good enough state to sell to someone outside the trade without further hassle post sale. I was left gutted I declared a faulty gearbox (£160 deduction and the reasons I was selling. £160 in the trade, more than the car was worth to me, minimum of £500, potentially £2k depending on what they found after stripping it down) - they'd not have noticed on the day and it'd have offset the other bullshit.
If you're serious, clean the car up, go round it forensically and declare it all on their website, just see what it does to the valuation. Be prepared for them to identify scratches, chips, rust spots on every panel (how they categorise makes a difference, they're keen to classify things worse than they actually are, naturally, worst item on a panel counts for the whole panel and they seem to have a totting up procedure - 5 minor scratches = 1 rust spot or similar nonsense). They will try to tell you half the car has been re-sprayed at some point due to orange peel effect (I believe this is bullshit and many cars drive off the forecourt with this effect these days but I'm no expert - tarting it up with that diamond bright stuff might alleviate this one but also might cost more than it saves). They will check tyre tread too and they're tight cunts on that, new tyres are £60 a pop and they will claim they'll have to be replaced ahead of any resale.
They'll probably not do much on a mechanical side of things, just start it up but not actually drive anyway (assuming they see you've driven it there) but worth declaring stuff on and off on the website to see what it does to the value.
I know nothing other than what you've been offered but I'd wager they'll offer you around £600. The best price you'd get would be by stripping it down and selling the parts via ebay, you don't even need to really know what you're doing so long as you're careful and have somewhere to store it for the amount of time it takes to gut it (and a way to dispose of what's left).