Fruitless search

I recently started looking for a second hand car to purchase. My dodginess radar has been working overtime during my initial foray into the market!

It seems like more than a coincidence that some low mileage cars have had their vehicle service history books missing, making it difficult to verify the miles.

I also came across the old trick of the dealer having the car stereo playing during the test drive. When I turned it down I noticed a rattling noise originating somewhere from under the car.

A few days ago I was all set to travel to view a car from a private seller, but when I called to confirm the meeting I found out he had initially given me the wrong address and wanted to meet me at a service station instead of his house. Classic behaviour of someone with something to hide!

Well perhaps I’m being over cautious but without a current income I can’t afford a car that’s going to cause me grief. So I’ve been a bit discouraged and spent the last two days playing the very addictive computer game Civilisation IV!

I’m viewing a Honda Civic tomorrow and I have a good feeling about this one!

2 Comments »

  1. Emma said,

    March 23, 2008 @ 10:41 am

    Ugh car shopping..! Not fun. Good luck with it!

  2. Matt said,

    March 24, 2008 @ 9:33 am

    I bought the Civic yesterday from a private seller. It was a bit more expensive than I initially budgeted but it has a full Honda service history and is in excellent condition. It’s also automatic which frees up my left arm to wave at people! Now I will start planning some road trips…

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