eric olthwaite wrote:If one were to consider spending £5-10k on a car in a private (ie non-dealer) purchase, from a considerable distance away from my home:
- Are things like AA vehicle inspections or similar actually worth it?
- What's the best way to manage the financial transaction to avoid being ripped off?
I would do a few things to check the history of the motor first.
and check the MOT history of the motor. This will give you an idea of how the car has been looked after. If the car has failed or had loads of advisories then it might be an indication that whoever has had it has not really taken care of it. So if they have not bothered to get the advisories sorted, to me they have not looked after it. This could also be a determining factor on getting an inspection by the AA or such like. For the sake of a few sheckles and the distance involved, I would get this done.
Also, go on the Autotrader site here
and put the reg number in as if it is you selling the car. Autotrader is linked to the DVLA and if the car has been written of in any category then that information will come up in the form of telling you to fuck off we're not selling this death trap on your behalf - you don't have to register or pay anything to do this.
Bank transfer for the money, once you're happy with the motor and you have done a decent test drive in it. Transfers for than amount are pretty instant if you have internet banking on and you use it on your phone. If you're doing this, might be helpful to let your bank know because they might see it as an unusual transaction and stop it.