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Re: Opinions on buying a 1.5 dci Scenic with high miles.

I would be looking for signs of 'abuse' rather than 'wear & tear'.

If the car has spent its life on motorways & dual carriageways, then it is much less likely to have been given a thorough working over, compared with in-town driving.

Was it a taxi/airport transport vehicle? (I'd check the V5) - not a 'bad thing' as such, but looking at wear on all the seatbelts will give an indication as to how many miles were covered solo (or with a car full).

2 good things about buying a car like this;

1/ you know it has been reliable
2/ it's unlikely to have been clocked

If your annual mileage is likely to be lower than average, I would go for it without hesitation, as the depreciation will even itself out in your favour. However, if you are likely to be doing a high annual mileage yourself, then the depreciation will be quite sharp when you come to trade it in.

As long as the car is straight, the condition appropriate for the age (rather than the mileage), the paperwork is in order and you get a full mot & decent warranty - then it sounds pretty good.

Try to negotiate a service into the deal, if they won't do a discount - car should be on it's 3rd cambelt - ensure it's been changed (along with the water pump).



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