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Thread: Questions about buying UK car

  1. #31
    Join Date
    Oct 2014

    Lightbulb International Student buys the first car!

    Quote Originally Posted by BSN2013 View Post
    Hi. I have a son studying in UK and he need to move around a bit so thinking of buying a car for him before Jun-2014. I am not in UK and not sure how the car market works in UK, hence hoping someone could answer a few questions that I am having.

    Our priorities will mainly be cost, reliability, ease of servicing (for example, having a large numbers of service centers dotted around the country) and last but not least, may be easy to resell the car when it’s not needed 3 years later. Taking those into consideration, I suppose we best stick to the best seller model like the Fiesta and Polo but we are open to suggestion

    On reliability. Our first choice would be pre-registered. I understand these are seldom being advertised online and one has to frequent some of those big authorized dealers periodically to check on availability. Is that correct? And when would it be a good times to do that? Any other pointers? And I suppose these pre-registered will have the same warranty coverage from the car manufacturer except with a bit shorter warranty period? Say.....2 1/2 years instead of 3 and not merely 12 months?

    Cost. It seems there are several ways of getting cars in UK and the cheapest seems to be online purchase. It seems some website will placed an order with one of the dealers somewhere else in UK and deliver the car to where you stay. Saving seems to be about £2000 to £3000 off those 2 models. So how much discount can we expect if we walked into main street dealers then? £1K? £2K?

    Servicing. Suppose we get a Polo from an online merchant and it was delivered by far a away dealer somewhere else in UK, does it mean we have to bring the car back to that same far away dealer for servicing and most importantly, warranty work/claim? Or just because it’s a VW with warranty, any VW dealers or service centers anywhere in UK will still be happy to attend to our need and if there’s warranty claim, they could also do it for free?

    That all my questions for now and thanks in advance for your advise.

    So I am in the situation which is pretty similar here. I am an international student and have never purchased a car myself before.

    I am planning to get this car:

    Do you have any recommend or any feedback regarding to that car deal - Fish Motors?

    Another thing that I am concerning, the car dealer is 200 miles away from where I am living. So does that mean every time I have problems with my car, I will have to take it back there?

    Also, I have contacted them regarding warranty and they stated "we are an RAC WARRANTY provider,we can do 3 months silver warranty for £199,or 12 months gold cover for £399. Also, the rac warranty is national, you can take to local garag, not bmw/mini as the rac wont pay there hourly rate."

    Does that mean I need to pay for the warranty? Also, is the RAC Warranty same with AA Break Down thing? So if I purchase RAC Warranty, then I dont need to purchase other break down cover?

    Does that sound right? Are they reputable and trust-able dealer?

    Please give me as much advice as possible. I really have no idea with all car things and UK Market as well. Would be most grateful and very appreciate for any advice.

    Lastly, if I do go ahead with this car, then do I need to buy my insurance before coming to collect the car? Or can I get the car back to my house then will be arranging the insurance?

    Thanks everyone so much!

    P.s: Sorry but I could not post my own topic

  2. #32
    Join Date
    Apr 2012


    It is a convertible Mini Cooper with an auto gearbox. Personally I think that this is a car for an enthusiast, not a student. It will cost a fortune to insure for starters.

    The consensus on this forum is that these warranties are not worth the money. The seller has to give a 6 month warranty but as you suspect, that may well require you to take it back to them.

    To drive a car on the roar you will need to have it insured. Not only is it a legal requirement, but imagine what would happen if you were in a collision and someone was injured.

    I suggest that you restrict your search to a dealer much closer to home and before you even consider buying, check out the insurance on one of the comparison sites. I think you will be better looking at a Ford Ka or something similar.

    If you like different - try this Smart Car

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