Traveling To Buy A Car

Traveling To Buy A Car

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Buster73

3,531 posts

100 months

Friday 29th March
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Sold three cars to long distance buyers.

Agreed a price subject to inspection on the Wednesday pm , Thursday 9.10 am he was knocking on the door after flying up from Southampton to Newcastle, money transferred and off he went , trade purchase by an old school dealer.

He had a look at another car while he was there , and when that became available he did exactly the same.

Third one was a BMW , full description including photos of everything including minor faults , agreed a price on the Saturday morning , he booked the train from London for Sunday morning.
Saturday night received a couple of phone calls trying to chip the price down , told him clearly he’d be getting the train back down if he carried on with changing the goal posts.

To be fair he followed through with the deal as agreed.


romeodelta

225 posts

108 months

Friday 29th March
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I flew from Melbourne to Sydney for my Abarth 500.

10 hour, 1000km drive back.

Glad it worked out okay!

0a

21,570 posts

141 months

Friday 29th March
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Edinburgh to London today to pick up this!



The further away the better they are!

Fast Bug

7,465 posts

108 months

Friday 29th March
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nobrakes said:
Fast Bug said:
I flew to Vienna to view a car, then went to pick it up from Calais a week later. So Portsmouth>Stanstead>Vienna>Stanstead>Portsmouth in a day. Then one evening Portsmouth>Dover>Calais>Dover>Portsmouth. I pretty much met him in a car park at the ferry terminal, quick handshake, grabbed the keys and was straight back on a ferry. I don't think I was in France for an hour biggrin
Epic. I give in. What was the car?!
Karmann Ghia



One of 2 cars I regret selling

stevemcs

3,569 posts

40 months

Friday 29th March
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I spent 2 years doing it, I loved it, fly up to Aberdeen and drive back in the same day, or Belfast and the ferry back across was always fun. The further the better. I never liked London, Birmingham or Manchester, i nearly always came back on the train.

kuro

1,185 posts

66 months

Friday 29th March
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South hams in Devon to Telford and back for a Smart Brabus Roadster. Fortunately I was able to view the car the previous week as I was on holiday in the Shropshire area.

sim16v

2,120 posts

148 months

Saturday 30th March
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Longest for me was Newcastle to Switzerland to buy a Golf G60 with a broken gearboxlaugh

Made for an epic road trip, with loads of issues, but we made it to Switzerland.

Pulled the box on the seller's drive, and it turned out the clutch had failed.

Replaced that, put the box in and drove it home biggrin

Vanordinaire

3,701 posts

109 months

Saturday 30th March
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Oban to Dartford and back in a transit to buy a GSXR 1100.
Sneaked away from work a little early at 4pm and hammered South as fast as the old works transit would rumble. Got to Dartford, checked over the bike under the street lights, quick test run and bought it and had it in the van before midnight. Headed North immediately and got back into Oban just in time to start work at 8am next morning.
Don't know how I got through that day at work, don't remember much about it. Almost exactly 1000 miles in 16 hours. Doesn't sound like much, but it was pretty tiring.

Mr Tidy

9,533 posts

74 months

Saturday 30th March
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I'm a bit lightweight going by the posts on here - but going a long way does make for a good drive home!

In 2014 I went from Sandhurst to Portsmouth.

In 2016 I went from Sandhurst to Rugby.

On Thursday I went from Sandhurst to Cambridgeshire - but that one came back on my mate's Transit transporter as he was delivering a car in the area!

Slow

4,554 posts

84 months

Saturday 30th March
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Inverness to London twice,
Inverness to Norfolk twice,
Inverness to Ipswich,
Inverness to South Wales,
Inverness to Manchester,
Inverness to Newcastle,

Distance doesn’t bother me as it generally avoids rust compared to cars bought up north as they are older so rust doesn’t eat them as bad.

Mr Tidy

9,533 posts

74 months

Saturday 30th March
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I know what you mean about Northern cars - in 2014 I bought an E46 325ti on an ST52 plate.

Great car, but the underside was a crusty grot-fest!

Bellini

750 posts

98 months

Saturday 30th March
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Berkshire to somewhere in the deep German countryside 3 hours drive east of Dortmund airport.

Flew out Friday night. Four of us. Our daughter was 3 years old at the time. Hire car. Hotel - late arrival.

Early start. Drive into what seemed the middle of nowhere through woodland lined with what the British army call 'Layby Lil's'. Caravans with red love hearts on them for the more discerning gentleman / pervert or adventurous couple to 'have fun' in.

View intended vehicle with cash ready. All fine there. Exchange cash for vehicle.

Significantly slower drive back to Dortmund to drop off hire car and stay in hotel.

Mad drive on Sunday to the Tunnel and back to Berkshire in time for a late supper.

sc0tt

16,528 posts

148 months

Saturday 30th March
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I went from Essex to york. The car was a right pup.

The chap shut the front door on me in the rain and left me to it. hehe

He was a dealer that advertises on here too. That was a long day out.

DSLiverpool

11,579 posts

149 months

Saturday 30th March
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Southampton by plane for a BMW 760i
Peterborough twice by road for a BMW 640i (car needed work so they leant me a new 5 GT to go home with.
Favourite was Leicester to get a DB9 Volante - the drive back was epic.

The Li-ion King

1,120 posts

11 months

Saturday 30th March
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Tottenham to Bolton to buy a 325d Touring - I always liked the 6 pot engine, compared to the 520d I had at the time. Seller kept quiet about the blocked DPF, but too far to go and complain about it as the light came on whilst on the M1 near Hemel Hempstead rolleyes so I had the DPF removed later on. Cracking little car, kept it a year then went to Bournemouth to buy an X5... which sadly got nicked 3 months later frown

Mr Ponkerson

347 posts

39 months

Saturday 30th March
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Flight from Edinburgh to Gatwick to pick my LS400 up. Nice relaxing drive home again.

Davie

2,926 posts

162 months

Saturday 30th March
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I've been the length of the country countless times however recently went to Wales to buy an XC70. Exchanged emails, then spoke to the seller and off I went...

From East Lothian to Fife, drop my old car at a friends house temporarily, sleep on the sofa, early start and train to Edinburgh then swap to the London train, headed for Northwich or something.

Spent the 4hrs saying "If it's not right, walk away" over and over to myself. Arrived, lift to the sellers house, had a look, drive it, found a few more niggles but figured it was cheap enough and I'm here anyway and so deal done, cash transfer was a faff but eventually headed for home.

Got as far as Truckhaven on the M6 to realise this wasn't a good one and I should have walked. Got home, fixed a couple of niggles but really didn't gel with the car so sold ut privately again a few days later. But of a dear day out and an expensive lesson learned although in 20yrs of swapping cars and travelling miles to do so, it's the only real kick in the balls I've had.

It has however made me question undertaking such trips in future... next time, take a car and a driver so walking away is an easier option. Issue is, I'm now sat looking at another old Volvo... 70 miles from Belfast.

Edited by Davie on Saturday 30th March 08:29

T5SOR

1,746 posts

172 months

Saturday 30th March
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I flew from Southampton to Glasgow to buy a BMW from a PH’er. Thinking about it, I am glad the car was as expected, as I only had a one way ticket hehe

I also drove from Southampton to Derby for an MX5. On the way back the cambelt snapped on the M6.....

200Plus Club

6,793 posts

225 months

Saturday 30th March
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South York's to Dublin- twice- once to view once to buy. (R8)
Also same to Devon to buy a car but seller backed out lol.
And by train to Croydon to buy but arranged transporter delivery as car wasn't drivable.

JASC1993

16 posts

8 months

Saturday 30th March
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Currently on my way from Middlesbrough to Fife to pick up a 2009 Saab 9-3 2.0T