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Hey,

I'm looking for my first car and came across this Clio on Autotrader. I went to view it last Sunday (Only found it online Saturday evening and Dad works during the week so we went to looking knowing they were closed.) and overall I liked it, except I was a bit put off by A) The price and B) The condition of the alloys. These turned out to be very scuffed and kerbed yet in the pictures, they appear to be fine, leading me to think they have been airbrushed...This along with some stone chips has made my Dad and I wary of it.

As they offer a 12 month warranty, is it best to see if they can offer to repair them or to look for a specialist? I don't really have the time to repair them myself as stated that it can be done in the FAQ section y'see and really do like the rest of the car :)

Also, what do you guys think of the price?

Cheers! :d
 

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Looks like a good car to me. Kerbing and stone chips are all part and parcel of buying second hand cars.

Remember, the car comes with MOT and FSH and the extra piece of mind with a 12 month warrenty.

12K miles seems pretty low, about 2.5K a year. I travel about 10K a year and don't really go many places (believe it or not)!

£4500 seems a very good price also. Whatcar? list this car at £5215 from a dealer. If you are in any way concerned, spend a little money for a vehicle inspection - as they say, "a little spent could be alot saved".

If after that you are happy, then buy the car:)

I'm not telling you to buy it on my advsie by the way. Just covering my ¤¤¤¤ there;)

Good luck, whatever you decide.
 

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Scuffed wheels = potential tracking,suspension,steering etc problems.
If the wheels have merely brushed against the kerb there shouldn't be much of a problem, only cosmetics. However, if the wheels have hit the kerbs hard they may be buckled,tracking may be out etc etc.
Scruffy,damaged wheels can also be a sign of a neglected car as well, or may just be down to poor driving. As this is an automatic with low miles it was probably a second car for someone or owned by an old biddy, who kept mounting the kerb trying to park.

I would ask for a full tracking,balance etc check from the supplying garage to make sure everyhting is in order - just for your peace of mind. It won't cost them much todo and could be the difference between them selling it or not.
It does look quite a tidy car though and you do have the advantage of a warranty with it.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys. Very appreciated :)

I'm going to speak to my Dad about this as I'd have thought they would have sorted any steering related problems caused by the kerbing when they serviced and MOT'd the car?

I'm also going to shop around for quotes to repair the alloys and then see if my Dad can barter his way down the pricing ladder...He does have a knack at that!
 

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wouldn't a track and balance be covered in the service?
Highly unlikely I would guess :( ... most garages dont even track the car after doing trackrod ends ... they prefer just to count the turns on the threads ... but they will happily charge you for the pleasure :rolleyes:
 

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You might find that the garage swapped the wheels over for the photos (it happens).

Is the car due a cambelt change? (something else you may want to barter for).

Hard to say what to do - it depends on the type of running the car has had;

a) spent a lot of time unused, then driven 20 miles at a time every so often.

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b) used daily for a miles' long round trip.

I would get the oil filler cap off to check for any sludge which would identify (b), if it was there, I'd walk away.

People often place a premuim on (low) mileage, and in many cases, its not worth paying any extra for.

Best of luck regardless.

Paul.
 

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Just bought it!!! :d

£4450 - They're going to Service, Valet, Wash and Wax it and are including 6 months Tax :d Going back to pick it up in a few weeks. :d

Now to nick my sister's parking space :d
 

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Nice one tankface.Let us know how you get on.:)
Good luck with your new car.
 

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Took it for a test drive before paying a deposit, although my Dad was driving as I'm still learning (But my instructor says he's gonna spring a mock tets on me in the next few weeks so I must be close :d) and it felt really smooth...

You could hardly tell it was changing gear - Smoothest auto I've ever been in - And I've been in a few (Dad's been driving autos since '97 and mum has since 2000.) and the renault by far beats all so - I could have sworn at one point it was a CVT!

I'm really looking forward to driving it - I'm gonna sort out insurance and L plates etc in the following weeks. Um...Sorry, excitement...I'm rambling :rolleyes:
 

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Best of luck with the car and the test.

Paul:)
 

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I'm thinking and hoping you got yourself a deal there mate:)

Make sure you post some pictures when you've got the motor.

Good luck with your test, when it happens:)
 

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Thanks guys :) It's the theory that's got me crapping a brick...More the hazard perception, but both sides of it are a bit nerve racking.

The practical I'm not too bothered about coz my instructors a great guy and has been teaching me as though I'm taking my test each lesson, and giving me pointers on what I'd need to do if there was an area where I'd get marked down.
 

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Did your instructor give you one of them CD Rom theory test disc's?

I had one and, rather than read the theory test book, just did the mock test on the disc over and over. Worked a treat for me, only got one question wrong, although to this day I believe the question I got wrong was completely worded wrong and had two possible answers anyway:rolleyes:

Hazard perceptions a piece of p**s. If you don't pass that one then you really shouldn't be on the road anyhow;) :d
 

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Nah, bought it from Amazon.

LOL - That means my sister should just sell her car now - She's failed 3 times in a row and just gets her bf to chauffuer her round in a modded Saxo VTR that she bought!
 
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