It has been a long day, starting at 6am, and it is now 8.10 in the evening.
We had an appointment at 9am and planned to leave home at 7.30 to avoid traffic. However, we were late setting off, but arrived at 8.59.
You may remember this post and our disappointment, but on Monday we received an email from the garage to say that the manager had seen the car on line and decided to bring it into stock anyway, which was why it had disappeared off the website.
So, we took a chance and stuck a deposit on it, especially as ‘the snag’ had been lifted and they weren’t getting it in purely for us.
In the meantime as we couldn’t test drive it until today, we did some homework, paying £20 for an HPI check which listed MOT details, insurance write offs, outstanding finance, number of owners, mileage and a host of other useful things. We also downloaded a check list for buying a second hand car and had about 5 pages of things to look out for.
The first thing that was picked up was that there was some finance outstanding on it, so we immediately got onto the garage and he assured us that this would be cleared when they took ownership of the vehicle.
This week, Hubby has done a lot of research on a couple of other issues raised at the last MOT, and got prices for any additional work that might need doing. Being an ex-mobility leased vehicle, we needed to get to a Post Office to tax it, but for that I needed insurance, so quite a bit to think about.
Anyway, we arrived and the car was sitting on the forecourt, so we had a look and started ticking things off on our list, though the first thing I’d done was ring the finance company who confirmed the debt had been paid.
There was a problem with the battery housing which was a major issue, so the garage changed it over, but everything else looked really good, and that mileage was legitimate.
The salesman was surprised we had so many things to check, but was quite content to let us do it in our own time.
We took the car for a test drive, and it was lovely to be higher up with better all round visibility. It is clean and tidy, and the boot huge, so plenty of room for a furbaby to travel comfortably.
Pleased, we went back to the garage and did the deal. They took the I10 in P/X, and we felt a little sad seeing her go. However, someone will be getting a good reliable little runaround, and there was almost a full tank of petrol in it!
We get a year’s warranty from the garage and there is a fourteen day money back guarantee, so we think we’ve got a good deal.
Changing over my insurance and notifying the breakdown company was no problem at all, and getting the car taxed was also so simple, I was relieved! Especially as it is ZERO rated!
So, my apologies for being late today, but we’ve had rather a hectic day!
Take care and keep safe.