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Second hand car question 06:33 - Mar 16 with 865 viewsBarcaBlue

I'm going to see a Golf TDI 1.6 Diesel with my son at the weekend. I'm pretty clueless on motors and there seem to be a few knowledgeable folk here.

Is there anything in particular to check out on a 10 year old Golf? Any known issues to look out for? Basically don't want appear completely dumb in front of the seller and the boy racer. Thanks.
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Second hand car question on 06:44 - Mar 16 with 823 viewschrismakin

If you can, try checking the car out during the day when it's not raining, paintwork on a car looks better when it's raining or it's night time.

Even though it's private, I'd still ask if it's possible to take it for a spin, check all electrics work etc, does the steering feel ok, is it pulling to the side in anyway etc
Make sure they have all relevent paperwork etc.

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Second hand car question on 06:49 - Mar 16 with 805 viewsbluelagos

You want a cold start, rather than it having been run, just in case of starting problems.

Ask the guy if has been driven that day. You can tell if it is genuinely a cold start by touching the exhaust. If it is warm, then it has been driven.

Google Newkie and car buying TWTD - am sure you'll find one of his posts where he does a bit of check list for 2nd hand car buying.

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Second hand car question on 06:51 - Mar 16 with 798 viewsbluelagos

Second hand car question on 06:49 - Mar 16 by bluelagos

You want a cold start, rather than it having been run, just in case of starting problems.

Ask the guy if has been driven that day. You can tell if it is genuinely a cold start by touching the exhaust. If it is warm, then it has been driven.

Google Newkie and car buying TWTD - am sure you'll find one of his posts where he does a bit of check list for 2nd hand car buying.


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Car Buying Advice by usm 4 Sep 2017 15:01
Had a petrol A4 and now got a diesel A5.

Id go Audi over BMW every time, spec is much higher and BMWs are now regarded as Reps cars, so if youre a salesman, sure get the Beemer, otherwise its the Audi.


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Second hand car question on 07:00 - Mar 16 with 774 viewsBarcaBlue

Second hand car question on 06:51 - Mar 16 by bluelagos

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Car Buying Advice by usm 4 Sep 2017 15:01
Had a petrol A4 and now got a diesel A5.

Id go Audi over BMW every time, spec is much higher and BMWs are now regarded as Reps cars, so if youre a salesman, sure get the Beemer, otherwise its the Audi.



Cheers, remember seeing some car chat on here but hadn't seen that thread.
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Second hand car question on 07:07 - Mar 16 with 760 viewsphillev231069

Second hand car question on 07:00 - Mar 16 by BarcaBlue

Cheers, remember seeing some car chat on here but hadn't seen that thread.


I'd presume the car will be doing loads of miles otherwise steer clear of a diesel as they suffer far more with engine management issues and as other members have said make sure its cold and not been run due to exhaust DPF issues. Diesel clutch prices are horrendous as no doubt it will have a dual mass flywheel arrangement so listen for rattles from the gearbox and slipping. From a personal perspective its petrol every time.
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Second hand car question on 07:15 - Mar 16 with 738 viewsBarcaBlue

Second hand car question on 07:07 - Mar 16 by phillev231069

I'd presume the car will be doing loads of miles otherwise steer clear of a diesel as they suffer far more with engine management issues and as other members have said make sure its cold and not been run due to exhaust DPF issues. Diesel clutch prices are horrendous as no doubt it will have a dual mass flywheel arrangement so listen for rattles from the gearbox and slipping. From a personal perspective its petrol every time.


Yes his job involves a lot of driving and diesel is 10 cents a litre cheaper than petrol here (it's a family business so can't put it on expenses - tough love).
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Second hand car question on 07:16 - Mar 16 with 731 viewsChondzoresk

Is it an auto with DSG gearbox? Oil needs changing every 40k miles. (This is overlooked by most VW auto drivers) Cambelt is every 5/6 years or 50k miles to be safe. Agree about the diesels being more troublesome than petrol. Good service history needed. Any car I purchase has got to be stamped with history. Check disc brakes, how are they? Is there a definable lip or edge on them. Agree with other tips mentioned previously,

If your gut instinct says no, then walk away.

Good luck.
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Second hand car question on 07:19 - Mar 16 with 726 viewsGuthrum

I once had a very ancient Mk I (non GTI) Golf. Most of its problems will not be relevant to a modern diesel (carburettor, electrics/fuses), but I did find that the insurance was artificially inflated, due to the "Golf" name. The premiums actually went down when I got a bigger, newer, more expensive car, despite upgrading from TPFT to fully comp.

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Second hand car question on 07:25 - Mar 16 with 707 viewsBarcaBlue

Second hand car question on 07:19 - Mar 16 by Guthrum

I once had a very ancient Mk I (non GTI) Golf. Most of its problems will not be relevant to a modern diesel (carburettor, electrics/fuses), but I did find that the insurance was artificially inflated, due to the "Golf" name. The premiums actually went down when I got a bigger, newer, more expensive car, despite upgrading from TPFT to fully comp.


That's a fair point, I called the insurance company yesterday to get a quote for a similar spec Seat Ibiza, will see what they say for a Golf and then shop around. They were asking €720 tpft on the Ibiza.
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Second hand car question on 09:04 - Mar 16 with 532 viewsPendejo

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Second hand car question on 09:05 - Mar 16 with 527 viewsLord_Lucan

Kick the tyres and shake your head.

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