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Anyone got any advice to buying a second hand car in the 8k bracket.

We thought we could stretch to a base model sandero but the extra costs add too much to the advertised price.

Low mileage with at least a years warrante would be ideal.

Murcia region.

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Anyone got any advice to buying a second hand car in the 8k bracket.

We thought we could stretch to a base model sandero but the extra costs add too much to the advertised price.

Low mileage with at least a years warrante would be ideal.

Murcia region.
I've bought a couple of second-hand cars here. The year's warranty is really not worth the paper its written on. Ask yourself, what does it cover, assuming the seller honours it.
I'm not saying there aren't bargains and honest sellers about, of course there are. I had four years' good usage of a LR Freelander also a VW Eos. But this year I bought a Dacia Duster, the cheapest and best vfm vehicle I've owned.
It came with 5 years warranty, courtesy car, roadside recovery, two free services and 700 euros worth of insurance.
If you can stretch to the basic Sendero, my advice would be go for it and bargain until you get the best deal. With your used vehicle there's always a risk of a major repair plus ITV costs. What price peace of mind?
I never thought I'd find myself driving a Dacia. I used to live in Poland and Prague where those cars were a joke. But now they are under the care of Renault, like Skoda with VW, these are no longer to laugh at.

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Good post.

I was a fairly early adopter of Skoda with a MK1 Octavia but was able to silence the joke makers by clocking up over 300,000 km in about 10 years with barely a spanner being wielded in anger, and that was when I sold it about 18 months ago before coming to Spain for 1500, at that age and mileage the cost of switching to Spanish plates made it non viable.

I'm currently tooling around in an old Ford which I picked up for a song but looking to change next year and pretty sure it's replacement will be something from the Dacia stable, likely a Duster if I can find one at the right price.

The knockers can keep it up as far as I'm concerned because the more they run the cars down in their ignorance the cheaper they will be for me to buy !!!!!

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Good post.

I was a fairly early adopter of Skoda with a MK1 Octavia but was able to silence the joke makers by clocking up over 300,000 km in about 10 years with barely a spanner being wielded in anger, and that was when I sold it about 18 months ago before coming to Spain for 1500, at that age and mileage the cost of switching to Spanish plates made it non viable.

I'm currently tooling around in an old Ford which I picked up for a song but looking to change next year and pretty sure it's replacement will be something from the Dacia stable, likely a Duster if I can find one at the right price.

The knockers can keep it up as far as I'm concerned because the more they run the cars down in their ignorance the cheaper they will be for me to buy !!!!!
We owned and managed two fairly large repairing garages in the UK, one for HGVs and the other for anything to do with cars and motorbikes. We were more or less obliged for business reasons to drive top end cars like BMWs and Mercedes. Before then I had owned a couple of Skodas....great vfm cars. When I lived in Prague I visited the VW equipped new plant at Mlada Boleslav. Indistinguishable from any Ford or GM plant.

I came to Spain in 2008 from Prague with a LR Discovery and a new Mercedes CK cabrio. Soon got rid of that. Kept the LR until last year. When it came for ITV time on my two used cars I knew Id have to contemplate major repairs on each. Hence a visit to the Renault/Dacia showroom. Id read about the Duster but was surprised at the bang you get for your buck. Ive got the next model up from basic but when my year is up Im going to trade in for the next level.

My son bought a new LR Discovery, over four times the price I paid for my Duster. My vehicle has nearly all the gizmos and to my eye looks better than the LR. Great vfm vehicles and no way a joke.

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We owned and managed two fairly large repairing garages in the UK, one for HGVs and the other for anything to do with cars and motorbikes. We were more or less obliged for business reasons to drive top end cars like BMWs and Mercedes. Before then I had owned a couple of Skodas....great vfm cars. When I lived in Prague I visited the VW equipped new plant at Mlada Boleslav. Indistinguishable from any Ford or GM plant.

I came to Spain in 2008 from Prague with a LR Discovery and a new Mercedes CK cabrio. Soon got rid of that. Kept the LR until last year. When it came for ITV time on my two used cars I knew Id have to contemplate major repairs on each. Hence a visit to the Renault/Dacia showroom. Id read about the Duster but was surprised at the bang you get for your buck. Ive got the next model up from basic but when my year is up Im going to trade in for the next level.

My son bought a new LR Discovery, over four times the price I paid for my Duster. My vehicle has nearly all the gizmos and to my eye looks better than the LR. Great vfm vehicles and no way a joke.
Hello MataMata

I see that you brought a Mercedes down to Spain and quickly got rid of it.I am coming down to the Costa Blance area later this year and was considering a Mercedes estate to come down in and keep for a while. Would you say this is a bad idea from your own experience? Otherwise I have Passat, Peugeot and Volvo estates as possibles. Which do you think would be the better bet or maybe none of these?
Any ideas would be helpful.

Thanks

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mrypg9, not me.

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Hello

sorry to have troubled you but in your post you said"I came to Spain in 2008 from Prague with a LR Discovery and a new Mercedes CK cabrio. Soon got rid of that. "
I just wondered why you got rid of the Mercedes?
Any comment is useful
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