Maytreees min having decided that having just passed her driving test at the first attempt, she should acquire a car to ensure that she gained driving experience, she naturally enough co-opted her dad in the car buying exercise. As at the outset, travelling was slightly restricted by the need to use public transport to view possible cars to buy, our area of search was limited to London SW20 - 17. She also decided to look at private car sales rather than professional or motor garage controlled sales, on the grounds that private sales give better value and avoid VAT payments applicable to most commercial sales.
Disadvantages of buying privately however are the risks of the car being faulty with no guarantee or warranty and of course of the seller being a fraudster and perhaps not even owing the car being sold at all.
She having found a car in the Wimbledon area through one of the internet car ad sites, we traveled by bus to meet with the seller on this bright sunny Saturday morning. I was slightly concerned that the meeting place was at a local Homebase/industrial-type complex but we soon met the seller who turned out to be an interesting Polish man who told us that he was married to a Polish lady he had met in the UK and they had two tiny children.
They were selling their 2nd car a VW Polo Diesel as they found living in Wimbledon that they did not need cars as much as they had thought. After driving it about and haggling the price down a couple of £100s a bargain was struck at £2500. However with maytrees min only just having passed her driving test the cost of insuring the car for her to drive (with parents as named drivers as well) was really high I thought at a tad under £1,800. Still she bit that bullet too and is now the proud owner of a silver VW Polo diesel. A problem with buying privately however is that if the car has faults there is little one can do other than pay up for repairs. However none are apparent (yet!).
Overall the process of searching looking haggling and then buying a car was better than it used to be when I was last in the market for a second hand car a few years back and car prices seem much less expensive than they were. On the other hand the cost of insurance has gone through the roof though this is no doubt partially a result of maytrees min having only just passed her driving test.