TVR Sourcing & Pre-Purchase Inspection

TVR Sourcing & Pre-Purchase Inspection

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CHEJ

Original Poster:

12 posts

68 months

Saturday 5th June
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I have decided that it is time to purchase the car that I should have bought new when I test drove one nearly 20 years ago…a TVR Cerbera 4.5. I will need help in sourcing the right car and would like the assurance of a thorough pre-purchase inspection. Does anyone have personal experience of any particular firm offering these sourcing and inspection services that they can share and/or a recommendation.
Thx

Jonny TVR

3,880 posts

248 months

Saturday 5th June
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Just find one test drive it do the deal Subject to satisfactory inspection and ask the owner to take it to a local indie and yiu pay a couple of hundred for the inspection. Sourcing is easy these days. Although if its a cerbera 4.5 your after there aren't any around so you will have to be patient. Or buy from a trader if yku aren't confident

CHEJ

Original Poster:

12 posts

68 months

Sunday 6th June
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Thank you. Having held off buying all these years, I am prepared for a wait to secure the right car.

Jonny TVR

3,880 posts

248 months

Sunday 6th June
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Sorry for the typos in my message .. hope it made sense.

TwinKam

1,903 posts

62 months

Sunday 6th June
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Phil Phedonis knows his TVRs and offers a mobile service. He's London based but was happy to travel to The South Coast to inspect one for me. Very thorough and a full written report. thumbup

spitfire4v8

3,613 posts

148 months

Sunday 6th June
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You're in the north east according to your profile so your nearest true tvr dealer will i reckon be hexham horseless carriages, you wont go far wrong buying your car from them if they ever have anything suitable, or getting an inspection done there if you find a car locally through other means.

Alternatively Steve Wallinger at Selby TVR used to offer inspections / sourcing through his Intermotion company .. might be worth a call to Selby TVR to see if he still offers that service .. if so use him!

Jonny TVR

3,880 posts

248 months

CHEJ

Original Poster:

12 posts

68 months

Sunday 6th June
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Jonny TVR said:
Sorry for the typos in my message .. hope it made sense.
It made perfect sense and I'm very grateful to you and the other members who replied for the helpful advice.

CHEJ

Original Poster:

12 posts

68 months

Sunday 6th June
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TwinKam said:
Phil Phedonis knows his TVRs and offers a mobile service. He's London based but was happy to travel to The South Coast to inspect one for me. Very thorough and a full written report. thumbup
Brilliant, thank you. I've already saved his website in my favourites

CHEJ

Original Poster:

12 posts

68 months

Sunday 6th June
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spitfire4v8 said:
You're in the north east according to your profile so your nearest true tvr dealer will i reckon be hexham horseless carriages, you wont go far wrong buying your car from them if they ever have anything suitable, or getting an inspection done there if you find a car locally through other means.

Alternatively Steve Wallinger at Selby TVR used to offer inspections / sourcing through his Intermotion company .. might be worth a call to Selby TVR to see if he still offers that service .. if so use him!
Thanks. HHC in Hexham are only 4 miles away which is a real bonus for servicing. I keep an eye on their stocklist in case they have something suitable.

CHEJ

Original Poster:

12 posts

68 months

Sunday 6th June
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spitfire4v8 said:
You're in the north east according to your profile so your nearest true tvr dealer will i reckon be hexham horseless carriages, you wont go far wrong buying your car from them if they ever have anything suitable, or getting an inspection done there if you find a car locally through other means.

Alternatively Steve Wallinger at Selby TVR used to offer inspections / sourcing through his Intermotion company .. might be worth a call to Selby TVR to see if he still offers that service .. if so use him!
I'll also check out Steve at Selby to see if they still offer inspections / sourcing.

hxc_

322 posts

151 months

Sunday 6th June
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Steve at Selby definitely does - he's inspecting a Tuscan for me on thursday. Pretty busy from what I gather.

Will let you know what I think of the service after if it's any help.

CHEJ

Original Poster:

12 posts

68 months

Sunday 6th June
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That’s really helpful, thank you.

SIXSIXES

19 posts

2 months

Monday 7th June
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Ed who runs Shmoo Automotive has been nothing short of sensational in my dealings with him this past month. Honest, fair and most importantly a genuinely nice human being. I will certainly be purchasing many more cars through him.

CHEJ

Original Poster:

12 posts

68 months

Monday 7th June
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That’s interesting to know and another reliable contact.
Thank you.

mart 63

1,584 posts

211 months

Monday 7th June
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spitfire4v8 said:
You're in the north east according to your profile so your nearest true tvr dealer will i reckon be hexham horseless carriages, you wont go far wrong buying your car from them if they ever have anything suitable, or getting an inspection done there if you find a car locally through other means.

Alternatively Steve Wallinger at Selby TVR used to offer inspections / sourcing through his Intermotion company .. might be worth a call to Selby TVR to see if he still offers that service .. if so use him!
Steve did the inspection on my Griff last summer for a buyer. He also fell in love with my T350 while he was at my house. Eventually bought that off me aswel, as I was moving to Spain.
A really nice guy, and knows his stuff.

CHEJ

Original Poster:

12 posts

68 months

Monday 7th June
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Thanks again. I’ll definitely keep his details in my contact list.

rigga

7,090 posts

168 months

Monday 7th June
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Jonny TVR said:
Not used this myself, but when I purchased my car 13 years ago, amongst the vast paperwork I received with it, was a report commissioned previously by the above, and to be fair it was pretty comprehensive, not sure if Rob is still going, but he's worth considering.

Zippee

12,559 posts

201 months

Monday 7th June
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rigga said:
Jonny TVR said:
Not used this myself, but when I purchased my car 13 years ago, amongst the vast paperwork I received with it, was a report commissioned previously by the above, and to be fair it was pretty comprehensive, not sure if Rob is still going, but he's worth considering.
I wouldn't trust that idiot to inspect a go kart let alone a tvr..
Remember it's easy to inspect an already decent car, the real money is earned finding the faulty ones.

nigelj77

165 posts

96 months

Monday 7th June
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Hi CHEJ, if you're that close to HHC it may be worth going in to see Tony and letting him know what you're looking for, it's entirely possible he'll know of a car that could be coming up for sale or may have something already in stock and not yet listed.

I decided I wanted to return to TVR ownership so enquired with Tony on a couple of cars he had in, both went before I could view but he kept me posted on possible cars and I picked up a Griff 500 from him a few weeks ago.