Is Autotrader the definitive classifieds in the UK?

Digger

Well-known Member
Are there other sources of auto classifieds to use when searching for used motors? Do all the traders use it? If not where else should I be looking? I am potentially looking at Audi A4 A6 and 5 series Bimmas. If I cant outdo my bro's 02 M5 then a well loved 540i (2000-2004) would suit me down to the ground :thumbsup:. Will have a budget of about £8-10k in 6 weeks time. Also will have the struggle of selling my 11 yr old 328i coupe to deal with :rolleyes:.
 

PAH

Novice Member
Seems to be the biggest and one I use quite often as it's so easy to use.

www.exchangeandmart.co.uk and Fish4Cars may be worth looking at.

If you're after a sporty car and don't mind going private then the classifieds on PistonHeads.com is pretty good.

Other than that the manufacturer websites usually have a used car locator to find stock at all the dealers.
 

udsf

Banned
well i'm in the process of selling my previous Cherokee and am using Autotrader

the Internet site does not produce many enquiries - seems the magazine is the way forward

sold my Mondeo a few years ago using Autotrader

good thing about all the adverts is that you can see which ads are private and which are traders (assuming there are not traders posing as private sellers??)
 

udsf

Banned
as regards buying - have a look at fleabay!

bought my 'new' Grand through there and got a real deal because the seller was 'up north' - saved about £3K on bottom book price

but he was a great seller - in the Forces - agreed to the price subject to delivery and inspection by a Jeep mechanic - with me having the option to back out if any faults were found

in fact a few 'special' Jeep faults were found - he was obviously not trying to hide them given the conditions of my offer and knowing a mechanic was waiting to inspect the car - but like me he was not knowledgeable about cars


end result - negotiated another £1K off :D

so give fleabay a look - you might be lucky like me:D

 

riprse

Novice Member
look for audie forums & bmw. this way you will get a well cared for car. i have bought some great cars that way
you can also do a search on the seller to find any problems he may have asked about concerning the car.
 

TopMeTom

Banned
I found a nice e36 m3 evo on the trader, may go have a butcher's

Also signed up on bmwland.co.uk to find out info...
 

Digger

Well-known Member
I was looking at E36 M3 evo's when feeling out 328's (which I eventually purchased). Found a nice saloon but was a tad expensive at the time. I prefer the saloon as I like stealthy power. I have gone right off the E36 M3 rear spoiler so no longer take an interest in them!

If my well loved silver '96 328i coupe is of any interest to you Phil let me know :smashin:.
yep bmwland is a good info source.
 

riprse

Novice Member
make sure you ring the garage it was serviced at to check the mileage most people just hpi cars but check the service history as well oh & don't rely on bmw head office as they will only be able to tell you its warranty history
 

riprse

Novice Member
make sure its had a compression test as the cylinder lineings tend to go in the e36. a very common problem for these
 

Digger

Well-known Member
Is that the nykasil M52 issue. Thats my engine and touchwood after 80000 miles no problems so far. My model had a recall (before I bought it) regarding the steering joints needing to be replaced so worth checking that out too Phil just in case.
 

udsf

Banned
i used to believe in full main dealer service history until i talked to a few mechanics;)

seems a lot a dealerships look on the regular servicing customer as their bread and butter - and if the car seems ok only do the bare minimum - but still charge top dollar

a friend who used to be a senior technician at a top marque recently went out on his own to service said marque - the faults he has found on vehicles with full main dealer service history are shocking:(

and its not from one particular garage!

i now firmly stay away from main dealerships for servicing and when buying prefer to get a decent mechanic to look the vehicle over and only give the dealer stamped book a cursory inspection
 

udsf

Banned
buying off the various marque related forums can be quite good but selling on them is a nightmare!!

far too many self appointed experts who want to know how many turns are on the screw that holds the ashtray!!!

bit like selling av gear!! - with questions like is the house a smoke free environment to do you have pets!!!
 

riprse

Novice Member
you cant rely on the service but they do take the mileage each time its in so its an easy way to see if a car has been clocked
 

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