Traveling To Buy A Car

Traveling To Buy A Car

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V8RX7

18,511 posts

210 months

Saturday 30th March
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I buy cars regularly and I set a fairly strict 100 miles / 2 hours limit.

Simply because so many sellers lie

I did break this recently because it was a cheap, one owner car with FMDSH and when I spoke to the seller - a car dealer aged 75+ I trusted his description and it was spot on - I'd happily travel 5+ hours to buy similar cars.

watchnut

571 posts

76 months

Saturday 30th March
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Euro star to Belgium started from Southampton to London. picked up the car and saved nearly £7k on price of one in UK. Full UK spec, funny thing was only one years warranty in Belgium, but on registering in local dealership in Southampton it reverted to 3 years smile Then a trip to Portsmouth to reg it on UK plates (about 2 1/2 hours including trip to Pompi and home) best thing was I filled the car up with beer/wine at tunnel so an excellent trip

Also did Southampton to Horsham for my MX5, I think I swore that would be my last train journey, filthy train, obnoxious passengers with feet on the seats, that's one of the reasons I love cars

JASC1993

16 posts

8 months

Saturday 30th March
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Quick photo of the pick up today. An absolute beauty 😍

rallycross

10,393 posts

184 months

Saturday 30th March
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London to Milan for 4x4- Sierra cosworth

Great trip back via the scenic route

London to Rome for Sierra cosworth 3 door.

All good fun at the time and the cars were rust free and one even had aircon - neither of which you could get in the U.K.

vikingaero

4,272 posts

116 months

Saturday 30th March
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JASC1993 said:


Quick photo of the pick up today. An absolute beauty ??
Oooooh! That needs a Readers Wives Thread. biggrin

I'm going to look at 3 cars for my Dad on Thursday and I'm already looking forward to it. The cars are quite specific - colour, gearbox and price range. . The plan is to leave home at 4am and go to the furthest one in Leeds for 8-9am breakfas, then to Doncaster if that one isn't bought, a final one in London and then back home to Maidstone.

The car I'll do it in? The super comfy luxobarge 520d? The MINI Clubman that transforms from a crashy town car to a supreme Motorway cruiser? No. I've vacuumed, washed, waxed, checked fluids, tyre pressures, loaded with crisps, snacks and drink, the mighty Daihatsu Charade 1.0 Super Leggera Automatic Shed.

mcelliott

5,533 posts

128 months

Saturday 30th March
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Guernsey to Birmingham, for a scoobie sti, drive to Portsmouth to board ferry for home, just.

cailean

868 posts

120 months

Sunday 31st March
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Sussex to near Perth. Easyjet morning flight Gatwick to Edinburgh, bus ride across big bridge, then train, dealer pick up from station. Then drive car home arriving after midnight.

Sammo123

1,430 posts

128 months

Sunday 31st March
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My Brother and I have been on a few decent car buying road trips over the years. The last one was about 5 years ago when my brother decided he wanted to buy a K5 Chevrolet Blazer. The one he had his eye on was in Edinburgh and we live in Surrey! So very early one morning our Sister dropped us to Gatwick airport and EasyJet flew us up to Edinburgh airport. From there the seller picked us up and drove us about 30 minutes into the sttiest part of the UK I’ve ever seen laugh We were greeted by this monster!



The seller showed us that it started and ran, explained what didn’t work (it would of been quicker to explain what did work!) and we were on our way!



It was freezing! The truck had no door seals, no heater, no exhaust (just the downpipes coming off the 5.7 V8 diesel!) and one of the wiper blades flew off when it started to rain laugh

It took us about ten hours of continuous driving to get home. We had to stop every couple of hours for diesel because the fuel gauge didn’t work and we had no idea how much it might be using laugh

grumpy52

4,065 posts

113 months

Sunday 31st March
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I have done a fair few over the years.
I live near Dover so the choice is usually train or coach for the outward journey.
I have done Leicestershire, Nottingham, London , Gloucester, Portland Bill all for internet purchases.
I had a guy come from North Wales to collect a Volvo 245 that was a 24hr+ round trip for him .
I also drove my friends super fit dance teacher daughter up to Manchester and back to collect her 206CC , we got some strange looks on the journey back from those thinking trophy wife / sugar daddy / daddy's little princess . That was a marathon journey due to fatal accidents, roadworks and motorways being closed

Blanco92

142 posts

18 months

Sunday 31st March
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Not the furthest journey by mileage... but was certainly a palava. My first car.

Saw a broken Skoda Octavia TDI on eBay, it needed recovery. Car was in Derby, I was in Cheadle, Cheshire. Decided to borrow a mate’s dolly... only when it turned up, I realised the dolly was past its best. I did some hasty minor servicing (wheel bearings were ropey) and off I went to collect (Fiat Scudo van as tow car!).

Bought the car and gingerly loaded it on the dolly. The creaks and groans were worrying. These got MUCH worse as I drove off... Did all of about 10 Miles and decided the dolly was not likely to hold up on the country lanes all the way home. Returned back to the seller and advised I’d arrange for it to be transported. Should have done that from the start...

lb3nson

58 posts

36 months

Sunday 31st March
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Drove to Scotland from Brighton, around the NC500 and then test drove my Integra near York on the way back. Only saw it advertised while we were heading home so didn't have the money organised on a Sunday afternoon. Took the train back up to York the following Saturday to pick it up and then drove straight back. That was a long day considering it had the most uncomfortable fibreglass bucket seat..

geeman237

706 posts

132 months

Sunday 31st March
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Flew from South Carolina to San Diego to buy a 1984 Lotus Turbo Esprit. Stayed a night in a hotel in downtown San Diego. My jaw hit the floor when the seller pulled up in front of the hotel the next morning. He let me drive it back to his place to inspect it, including putting it up on his lift. Checked out, drove to the bank to pay the man and drove it to LA where a friend had arranged a truck to take it back to SC. I was sorely tempted to drive it back across country but my head said not this time.

555 Paul

731 posts

96 months

Sunday 31st March
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Been through this a few times recently. I went from High Wycombe to Leicester to view a car, waste of time. Went from High Wycombe to Bedford to look at another, waste of time. Then we went from High Wycombe all the way down to Exeter and bought it. Left at 9am and was home again by 15:30.

The last one was a great trip, my wife got the rough end of the stick driving home in my old car, which is now her new car, I wafted home in a new (to me) car on cruise control listening to music. Not bad for a few hours work I guess, she picked up a free Mark 5 Golf GTI biggrin

Stuart70

1,496 posts

130 months

Monday 1st April
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geeman237 said:
Flew from South Carolina to San Diego to buy a 1984 Lotus Turbo Esprit. Stayed a night in a hotel in downtown San Diego. My jaw hit the floor when the seller pulled up in front of the hotel the next morning. He let me drive it back to his place to inspect it, including putting it up on his lift. Checked out, drove to the bank to pay the man and drove it to LA where a friend had arranged a truck to take it back to SC. I was sorely tempted to drive it back across country but my head said not this time.
That is gorgeous. I hope it turned out to be as good as it looked... smile

coldel

3,516 posts

93 months

Monday 1st April
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For bog standard family car I wouldnt go more than 30 or 40 miles (am in Surrey/SW London). For my weekend toys though happy to go anywhere, bought cars from Cheltenham, Coventry and Gillingham - always love the drive home although always a little paranoid I have bought a dog and it will go bang!

Sold my Celica GT-Four recently and chap flew over from Ireland, stayed in a hotel, I went and got him early Saturday morning drove back to Richmond, parted his cash from him and he drove back to west Wales to get the ferry and was back in Cork by 9pm!

Richard-390a0

716 posts

38 months

Monday 1st April
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Turning the thread on its head I've just had a buyer (via ebay) come from the Czech Republic to Southampton for my old Octy vRS estate. Arrived within 20 minutes of when he said he would too!.

geeman237

706 posts

132 months

Monday 1st April
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Stuart70 said:
That is gorgeous. I hope it turned out to be as good as it looked... smile
Thank you, yes it did. It has been the most expensive car I ever bought (I'm tight....)



Rod200SX

7,013 posts

123 months

Monday 1st April
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Only 2 cars have been local, one MG was from fife (only a couple hours from aberdeen). The 200SX was from Birmingham (early flight!) And my current 335i was from a weird seaside town just north of Newcastle, got 2 trains from Aberdeen to morpeth and had to drive it up through the hills in snow & ice as I got diverted off the A1. That was interesting!

SidewaysSi

5,978 posts

181 months

Monday 1st April
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0a said:
Edinburgh to London today to pick up this!



The further away the better they are!
I can't keep up with your buying of great old cars...! What's the spec and is it a replacement or addition?

Love it!


JimSuperSix

3,130 posts

190 months

Monday 1st April
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Sammo123 said:
My Brother and I have been on a few decent car buying road trips over the years. The last one was about 5 years ago when my brother decided he wanted to buy a K5 Chevrolet Blazer. The one he had his eye on was in Edinburgh and we live in Surrey! So very early one morning our Sister dropped us to Gatwick airport and EasyJet flew us up to Edinburgh airport. From there the seller picked us up and drove us about 30 minutes into the sttiest part of the UK I’ve ever seen laugh We were greeted by this monster!



The seller showed us that it started and ran, explained what didn’t work (it would of been quicker to explain what did work!) and we were on our way!



It was freezing! The truck had no door seals, no heater, no exhaust (just the downpipes coming off the 5.7 V8 diesel!) and one of the wiper blades flew off when it started to rain laugh

It took us about ten hours of continuous driving to get home. We had to stop every couple of hours for diesel because the fuel gauge didn’t work and we had no idea how much it might be using laugh
I'm jealous - I've been on the lookout for some yank tank around Edinburgh/Fife with a thumping great V8 smile