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On 11 Nov 2015 at 9:46am loopy wrote:
My faithful old banger (12 yrs old) is in for its MOT today...and sadly I think it's the end...
Should I have to replace it, any good car dealers nearby? I don't want to get ripped off. I want a smallish economical car with a decent sized boot. max 7-8K
On 11 Nov 2015 at 11:38am Earl of Lewes wrote:
You can get a really decent car for around 7-8k and if the emissions and fuel consumption are low enough, the MOT and parking charges are negligible. But as far as decent dealers go, I've yet to find a great one so I'll be watching this thread with interest.
On 11 Nov 2015 at 12:53pm Riley Elf wrote:
Yes it's how they respond when things go wrong
You're better off buying privately, get an AA inspection, then buying a warranty
Still be cheaper than servicing a dealers profit.
On 11 Nov 2015 at 1:07pm Goodfellow wrote:
Heavens above should anyone make a profit !!
On 11 Nov 2015 at 1:21pm Pizza to loopy wrote:
It's not necessarily the end - keep us informed here For under 7k I would recommend you go to Network Q in Eastbourne - unless you don't like Vauxhalls. Also I would avoid ALL French cars.
On 11 Nov 2015 at 2:46pm loopy wrote:
i'm still waiting for the dreaded phone call
anything over 400 to get it through the MOT I think may be too much for an old car?
On 11 Nov 2015 at 2:54pm Pizza to loopy wrote:
Well you only get 40 scrap nowadays But If the car is no good for you I might well need a car and spend a bit on it myself. I hope it is a good one and doesn't need much and does you another year.
On 11 Nov 2015 at 4:32pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
Don't do what I did and spend hundreds of pounds keeping a dying car going.
Re: French cars, I've heard bad things about Peugeot and Renault cars, but I've had five Citroens and I've generally been very happy with them - because they're not as popular, you get more features for your money. I hear Ford are the cheapest to run.
On 11 Nov 2015 at 4:56pm Fake Sarah wrote:
Gatwick Motor World have been good since we bought a car - they could have better response times when you call about a warrently issue but they have always done (and paid for what is needed) See link where you can look at their current cars. I found they actually have more stock than the website says when i went along.

Check it out here »
On 11 Nov 2015 at 7:34pm loopy wrote:
B*gger it failed ...the car is going to have to go....can I still drive it to the dealerships even though it's failed the MOT?
On 12 Nov 2015 at 6:29am Earl of Lewes wrote:
No, sadly not. It's illegal and your insurance would be void if you had an accident en route to the dealership. It's a shame that there isn't a period of grace, as you were legally driving the same car 24 hours ago, but the law's very clear about it.
On 12 Nov 2015 at 7:04am Sussex Jim wrote:
If you pre-book an MOT you can drive a car to the test; and back home by a reasonably direct route if it fails. Check with your insurers.
On 12 Nov 2015 at 9:46am Pizza wrote:
SJ you are right but under the circumstances I'm sure loopy would have had to do the repairs - even on a DIY basis then a new test at another centre, possibly at a dealer could be arranged. Because if repair was not attempted, it would surely be illegal. Many years ago I was taking my Reliant to a pre booked MOT and an idle shiny trousered cop sitting in a layby booked me without even bothering to pull me over. I got a producer through the post.
On 12 Nov 2015 at 1:33pm Belladonna wrote:
How much to repair and what's the long-term prognosis? We have a similar age car and have spent about 500 a year the last couple of years to keep it running. It's a great car and pretty sound still, and costs less than buying dodgy second hand
On 12 Nov 2015 at 8:21pm Fairmeadow wrote:
I reckon with mine - 12 yr old - that it is worth nothing when it goes in for the MoT and 500 when it has just passed. If it can pass for less than 500, I have made a profit!
Works for me.
On 12 Nov 2015 at 9:10pm Henry Foord wrote:
You guys are right 500 is a good estimate per year running a banger. But the cats and electronics can make that difficult sometimes.
On 13 Nov 2015 at 2:11pm loopy wrote:
well it had a few ongoing problems that would take it over the 500 to keep it going. so I'm getting a shiny new 2 yr old smaller car...fingers crossed!

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