How to buy a second hand car?

Discussion in 'transport' started by nick, Jun 26, 2017.

  1. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Will be scouring maps. Maybe the nearest seaside. Just now went round the block and reparked (in a straight line) for fun.
     
  2. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    Don't post and drive at the same time, you'll feel a lot safer.
     
  3. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

    My first long trip was up the A12 to Frinton-on-Sea. I can't really recommend Frinton, but the A12 is a nice long but easy drive. Once you get to it...

    You are also welcome in Bournemouth, I have plenty of space for visitors this time of year.
     
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  4. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

  5. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    Isn't it amazing how people see things in a different light. The only joy we ever took from the A12 was having a competition about which side had the most abandoned cars :D For us. It was a grim road.
     
  6. existentialist

    existentialist Running out of ways it could get worse

    You are a little angel, Spymaster ;)
     
  7. dessiato

    dessiato Maholo e ke akua no kei la

    So what are we going to discuss and argue about next? There must be something.
     
  8. OzT

    OzT Online early mornings when at work ....

    Well what car shampoo for bimble's car, or what interior accessories? :)
     
  9. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    Driving standards. Going to the dogs, I hear.
     
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  10. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    Maybe essential advice first. Never use a silicone product on your car. The shit never comes off when it's time to paint.
     
  11. existentialist

    existentialist Running out of ways it could get worse

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  12. OzT

    OzT Online early mornings when at work ....

    You forgot the nodding poodle for the back parcel shelf, they only come complete as a set with the dices . . . .
     
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  13. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Car’s still there! (Looking out the window to gaze at it for the107th time) :)
    Seriously might I want one of those yellow steering wheel lock things?
     
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  14. existentialist

    existentialist Running out of ways it could get worse

    I wouldn't bother - they might have been useful when car security was shit, but it's usually a lot better these days. If the car doesn't have an alarm it might be worth getting one fitted, though.
     
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  15. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    They're both a waste of time. If you want to steal a car you steal the key, and if you want to steal the contents then you don't care about the alarm.
     
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  16. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    OK. Hopefully I'll stop looking out to check on it in a couple of days. Am going to try not to fill the car with plastic flowers and nodding kittens but it's an effort not to interior decorate already. :facepalm:
     
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  17. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    If anyone wants to nick that one they’ll just stick it in their pocket! ;)
     
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  18. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    IMG_6401_1.JPG Did I mention how immaculate her upholstery is at 9 years old?
     
  19. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    By the way, you don’t need an aux in. Your phone is already connected to the car via Bluetooth. That’s what the bloke did when we picked it up. You’ll be able to play any music on your phone using the controls on the steering wheel. Get used to driving without music for a while first though.
     
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  20. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    What i do need is a radio code, if I want to use the radio & cd player (which i will want to do). Would you:
    a) go to the fiat dealership in Catford and ask them to sort that out or
    b) download a code from one of the websites offering this for a few quid?
     
  21. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    (c) must be free codes somewhere

    Get some Liquid Leather cleaner and conditioner. Great, gentle stuff.
     
  22. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Seats are fabric not leather but sadly i can see myself gently shampooing her cream leather steering wheel on sunday mornings.
     
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  23. dessiato

    dessiato Maholo e ke akua no kei la

  24. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    You don’t need to go to a dealer they can do it over the phone. Otherwise there are loads of online places that’ll give you a code for a few quid.

    I’d have thought you’d seen enough of Catford for a while.
     
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  25. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

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  26. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    How comfortable are the seats? I hired one of those on holiday in Italy years back and all I can remember is how I had to ask a local how to open the filler cap. Had me and my wife mystified.
     
  27. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    The seat feels really good, seems to sort of hold your back nicely and the seat-pad is adjustable up which i like. Back seats probably not great unless you've a compact person.
    Going to attempt first petrol station today (the petrol is low light was on all the way home yesterday).
     
  28. dessiato

    dessiato Maholo e ke akua no kei la

    Just check the radio manual, code is often in there, or on a credit card sized card in the owners manual/radio manual wallet.
     
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  29. OzT

    OzT Online early mornings when at work ....

    I take it you have gone thru the booklets you may have got with the car? Normally there's a seperate one for the radio and people often put the code in that. Or even in the car service booklet. Look thru them all first and in the glove box or door pockets etc for bits of paper maube with the code on it?
     
  30. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    It’s not in there. The manuals didn’t come with the car. Just the service book.
     
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