|Ian Parkin||22/04/2021 20:55:23|
977 forum posts
Went to look at a car today with every intention of buying it .. dealer said it hasn’t any service history recently.but that didn’t bother me too much
cars a Mercedes eclass estates reg WJ11 CYU
mileage in dealer ad says mileage is 85,000
mileage on dash says 85,000
dealer says in ad mot till march next year
checking on gov site says mot expired jan 2020
and checking history of mots ...mileage at jan 19 was 167,000
but looking further back its had more mot’s than hot dinners some years its had 6
why would this be
can one trust the gov mot site?
should i report the dealer?
having said all this the car was virtually unmarked and drove well much much better than my present car with 165,000 on the clock
|Jon Lawes||22/04/2021 21:27:22|
652 forum posts
That isn't a rare car; if thats the model you are after there must be a hundred out there that don't have black marks over their history.
Personally, if in doubt, walk away. The dealer will have an explaination, but what dealer wouldn't?
|Ian Parkin||22/04/2021 21:31:36|
977 forum posts
my mistake its CYV Not CYU and mileage is correct
but it still surprising that that car needed 6 mot’s in 2014
Edited By Ian Parkin on 22/04/2021 21:32:05
|850 forum posts|
Get the dealer to MOT it. Tell him what the Gov MOT site says. The software will know what the last MOT mileage was. I thought (maybe wrongly) that the mileage was checked at MOT every year and what on record cannot be tampered with. He may be genuine but a previous keeper was dodgey.
My post overlapped your correction.
Edited By Oldiron on 22/04/2021 21:34:45
|Jon Lawes||22/04/2021 21:44:48|
652 forum posts
If the mileage lines up then maybe there isn't any skullduggery at play. The MoT's could be because someone was trying to correct a pesky fault, like emmissions. But it does suggest it has had niggles in the past. Could be fine now of course.
|Michael Gilligan||22/04/2021 21:46:09|
18923 forum posts
So does the DVLA
MOT Expires 13 March 2022
|Mick B1||22/04/2021 21:58:15|
|2018 forum posts|
I generally buy older, low-mileage (typically < 35k) cars of well-designed common models that all garages know how to fix, where the service and MoT histories are straightforward, and the state of the tyres and visible underbonnet fasteners are indicative of an uneventful life. Anything that doesn't fit is justification to walk away - there are always others to choose from.
2242 forum posts
Just looked & only had one MOT in 2014. Everything looks fine to me.
|293 forum posts|
It's an old private hire car or taxi if if had that many MOTs
|Nick Clarke 3||23/04/2021 07:50:45|
1253 forum posts
Being in Birmingham with a Low Emissions Zone happening from June 1st an older diesel is not a good buy - and there are about 20 more similar zones being set up over the next couple of years so if you need to drive into or through any cities I would check to see if any of these might affect you before making your final decision.
|Martin Kyte||23/04/2021 08:09:10|
2558 forum posts
Don't get fixated on that particular car. Merc made more than one and there will be another copy for sale elsewhere. In fact many of them. Golden rule for buying cars is being able to walk away or at least make extra demands/lower price and walk away if you don't get it.
|Dave Halford||23/04/2021 17:36:46|
|1726 forum posts|
Have you checked the service requirement for 80K miles? The Merc 3.0 CRD that goes in both the Sprinter van and Jeep GC of that era needs the heater plugs and control module changing.
|Ian Parkin||23/04/2021 19:29:22|
977 forum posts
Anyway i bought it and so far delighted with it its a e250 CDI blue efficiently in dark silver/blue and has everything i want.
this is now my 6th Mercedes estate from w123 w124(2) w210 w211 and now w212
they have all been about 9-10 years old at my purchase and have lasted with repairs as and when needed from 5 years to 10 years. ( lost one when a skip lorry ran into it w124)
those 5 previous cars have done me 35 years as a business van in times putting 500kg in the back and generally carrying loads of tools and stuff
and I’ve paid 3k 2k 1.5k 2.6k 4K and now 7k
obviously 3k was a lot more 35 years ago
i generally used to give them away to needy friends when I got rid of them
but overall i feel i have had cheap motoring over 35 years and perhaps 700k miles
Edited By Ian Parkin on 23/04/2021 19:30:29
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