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Discussion in 'General Off Topic Chat' started by Greyspoiler, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. Greyspoiler

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    First off i don't know if i've posted this in the right section, but here goes anyway.

    I am currently looking to buy a Seat Ibiza and have just come across one on autotrader here: https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classi...w&make=SEAT&sort=relevance&radius=1500&page=1

    The only problem is the mileage is quite worrying, the seller has described it as:
    "ITS ONLY DONE AN IMAZEING 3800 MILES WITH SERVICE HISTORY TO BACK IT UP."

    When they say "BACK IT UP" with service history i am still struggling to see how a car of this age, 2009 could have only done 3800 miles - seems odd?

    Should i walk away or ask them for "Proof"
     
  2. hilly81

    hilly81 Active Member

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    The online MOT history ties in with what they have put on the advert. You could always contact the garage in the letter they have a photo of about the millage and ask a few questions. There looks to be plenty of history there.
     
  3. Legojon

    Legojon I only wanted a remap
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  4. Maypack

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    The choice is entirely yours. However it has had two owners, is on a 59 plate and has covered only 3800 miles even though the MOT centre “accidentally” started 8700 miles and then wrote a letter detailing what they did wrong...hmmmm

    Personally I wouldn’t be interested in it as it just seems too good to be true.

    A friend of mine had an Audi RS3 that was three years old with only 3000 miles on it, full service history etc but it was used as a dry weather car and only on special occasions and he had it from new.

    The fact that this car has had two owners and only covered 3800 miles may be feasible but I’d be wary.

    Get all the proof you can and if possible get the last owners details of the log book and contact them to see how long they had it etc before committing.

    There are others out there.


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  6. Legojon

    Legojon I only wanted a remap
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    I think the other thing is... and some may jump in and disagree. Do you want a car that's done 200 miles a year? I know the answer is yes, of course I do! But I bought a Leon that the last 5 years of it's life were really low mileage. But because it had sat idle so much, the brake discs, pads, calipers had all rusted. The tyres were all cracked from age (yet had nearly 7mm of tread on them).
     
  7. Legojon

    Legojon I only wanted a remap
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    And safe to say the oil/engine have never been up to working temperature if it is true.
     
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    True. Sometimes little or no use is worse than heavy use.

    Looking at the history it appears to have done very little mileage each year since 2014

    2014 - 1898 miles
    2015 - 2142 miles
    2016 - 2649 miles
    2017 - 3058 miles
    2018 - 8700 miles
    2019 - 3749 miles

    So disregarding the 2018 figure, that’s approx 300 to 700 miles per year.


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  9. Legojon

    Legojon I only wanted a remap
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    I guess it depends on the distance really. If you can "pop" to see it. Have a look over it, check for rust on the wheels, discs, pads, under the arches. Have a look at the engine bay, try and get underneath and inspect the exhaust. While your under, have a look at the dampers / springs and look for rust / leaks. Get it started up and check for smoke. Take the oil cap off and have a look and see how that makes you feel. Give it a drive. It might have been a motability thingy they just use to go to the co-op for a paper on Sunday.
     
  10. Greyspoiler

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    Yeah I think I'm going to keep looking and give this a miss, after doing some more digging and running the reg plate through https://www.rapidcarcheck.co.uk/ it's put me off. And it'll be a nightmare to sell on I bet..

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  11. Sharpy

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    Also the garage isn’t exactly a shining beacon...

    I know reviews can be a bit hit and miss but take from this what you will...

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    All those 1* ratings aren’t confidence building.


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