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Re: Updated buyers check list

Post by Bing » Sat May 19, 2012 9:00 pm

Agree - I checked the cd player and all the lights when I was buying mine. In fact I pressed every button and checked the operation of everything :?

Didn't do an AA or RAC check though, which I will always do in the future if I buy a 6 year old car. Could've waived me £700, or at least pointed me back in the direction of my search.
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Post by Rialas » Sat May 19, 2012 9:22 pm

AlanJ wrote:
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krusty wrote:E86 Coupe: SELLER's GUIDE

If the buyer asks for a discount, politely laugh .. then explain that there are only a tiny number of coupes in the country, ... that they are buying a modern classic .... and that the chance of finding a better one is frankly so impossibly remote, ... that once yours is gone, it is gone ... smile some more ... then look at your mobile phone txt msgs ...
Agreed.
If someone turned up with a bunch of cd's and wanted to test the function of my multi-cd play or whether both brake lights work, I'd politely ask them to find another car.

Handy guide though.
Why ..... if I buy something I want it to work. No point in making a purchase and then whingeing a month later that the CD player didnt work. Of course if you are happy to turn away a buyer merely because they want to make sure everything works then fine :poke:
Hi Alan.
Hadn't realised this was an older post and as I said great advice and I wish I had the patience to go through all the items you listed.

It's just that, as a buyer, when I viewed my car, I had decided that I wanted it and a faulty cd player or something minor, would not have prevented me from buying the car. For example, since buying it, the pdc has started to work intermitently (was definitely working on purchase), and again I'm not fussed as I'll probably put right out of my own pocket even though my car has six months warranty. I buy an older car expecting a few things to need sorting maybe sooner than later. For me fettling and improving is part of the enjoyment of owning a cool car.

Who knows maybe I'm just strange and not your normal buyer, but I'm not as cautious as most although I probably should be.

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Re: Updated buyers check list

Post by AlanJ » Sun May 20, 2012 1:06 pm

Costa,

Totally agree with you. This risk is always with the buyer and what checks a purchaser chooses to do or not to do. But whatever advice is given on here there is always a steady stream of people who discover problems after purchase just because they chose not to do a few simple and often basic checks, not only when purchasing privately but from dealers - 'Got my new car home and the service book was missing stamps....' etc. Caveat Emptor as they say.

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Post by mad4slalom » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:19 pm

offer a silly price, thats just not on, right is right and wrong is wrong, we've all been insulted by unrealistic offers by chancers and mickey mouse dealers at some stage of car ownership. people expect a little room for manouvre as vendors often add a few hundred to allow for this to be negotiated down. but a car is worth what it is worth and buyers should be big enough to stump up the right money, because you never know when you might need to sell, and there's nothing worse than some schmuck coming round ,pulling your pride and joy to bits verbally and then insulting your intelligence with a kick in the gonads offer, if you get one of these types , tell them where to go in no uncertain terms. a local trader offered me 5k for my s50 z3m roadster,... t**t ! i sold it 10 days later to a lovely guy from bath for 8100, he was thrilled to bits, that trader would have been asking 9500 for that car,... his loss , not only that car but my possible future custom and anyone else i can advise to go elsewhere. karma took care of that tho as he fell off his harley and shatterd his foot a couple of weeks later :rofl:

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Post by mr wilks » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:41 pm

i always check the cd system works :oops:
factory fit units are notoriously expensive to sort or replace & i don't like aftermarket so why not try your own discs ?


* great guide BTW :thumbsup: sometimes the obvious can easily be overlooked in the excitement of the car hunt
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Post by corsaire77 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:58 pm

It's wise to take the electronic paint meter - I used to borrow one from a friend.

Also, examine the engine bay for any moved or unoriginal screws - a tell-tale sign of an impact.
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Post by Shamu1982 » Mon May 13, 2013 10:09 pm

In the process of looking at a few cars at the moment. Cracking guide, ta :)

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Post by Paulr » Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:59 pm

The links alone have been useful for me in the process of looking at Z4's, then the addition of the extensive guide as well is a real bonus, so thanks for taking the time to put it together for newbies like me, it is much appreciated.
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Post by roblightbody » Wed May 15, 2019 11:10 am

AlanJ wrote:
Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:50 pm
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You can find out your exact spec here by putting your reg in to generate your VIN:

https://www.bmw-warranty.co.uk/login/index
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That doesn't seem to work any more... have they maybe stopped it for security reasons? It does find the car, and show its basic spec, but no more than that. Or am I doing something wrong?
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Post by Mr Tidy » Wed May 15, 2019 7:59 pm

No, it doesn't work any more. They changed it earlier this year - I think it's something to do with GDPR. :(

Same as when you buy a car your new V5 doesn't show the previous keeper any more.
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Post by Matty_Z4 » Wed May 15, 2019 8:15 pm

roblightbody wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 11:10 am
AlanJ wrote:
Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:50 pm
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You can find out your exact spec here by putting your reg in to generate your VIN:

https://www.bmw-warranty.co.uk/login/index
...
That doesn't seem to work any more... have they maybe stopped it for security reasons? It does find the car, and show its basic spec, but no more than that. Or am I doing something wrong?
This one works for me and it doesn't even have to be an M car.
https://www.mdecoder.com
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Post by Mr Tidy » Wed May 15, 2019 8:17 pm

Matty_Z4 wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 8:15 pm
This one works for me and it doesn't even have to be an M car.
https://www.mdecoder.com
There are a few VIN decoders, but I think what "roblightbody" is looking for is a way of getting the VIN from the Reg. No.
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Post by roblightbody » Wed May 15, 2019 8:34 pm

Mr Tidy wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 8:17 pm
There are a few VIN decoders, but I think what "roblightbody" is looking for is a way of getting the VIN from the Reg. No.
Yes exactly, it would be very useful while shopping for a car.
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