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Would you buy back your old car?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by HummuH1, 22 Apr 2010.

  1. HummuH1

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Mar 2007

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    Location: Edinburgh

    I sold my E46 M3 in May 2009. Needed the cash at the time and was made a good offer. I've been looking for about 3 months for another E46 M3 but the right car hasn't come up yet and I'm under no real pressure to buy again.

    Today, I found the car I sold is up for sale again. I'm in two minds and would like the restrained and always reasoned OCUK Motors forum help me to decide if I'm being stupid or not. Let me give you a bit of background:

    I bought the car when it was about 6 months old and had appx 4,500 miles on it. I then kept the car for roughly 4.5 years and sold it with 44,250 miles on it. In that time, other than me running out of skill on a few ocassions, nothing went wrong with the car at all except me knocking off an O2 sensor on a speedbump, the HK amp needing replacing and the door seal being replaced. Not faultless, but nothing major at all given the car.

    I made some modifcations to the car and these are all still on it, so I know quality parts were fitted by experienced guys. It was fully serviced, all consumables replaced with the proper stuff and I changed all the bushes twice (anal I know, but you really should try it, makes such a difference) in my ownership. It's now for sale, less than a year after I sold it with appx 47,000 on the clock. This is how I see it:

    Pros

    1. I know that for 95% of it's life it was very well looked after
    2. Not a lot of mileage put on it
    3. My chosen spec & colour combo
    4. I did an Insp II just before I sold it.
    5. Struggling to find one I'd consider worthy of buying

    Cons

    1. I don't know what it's done for 5% of its life (low miles - off road, crashed/repaired, surely not a sunday driver?)
    2. It will probably cost me £1k more than I sold it for - hey ho
    3. I sold it knowing that the breaks (discs/pads) would need replaced at some point soon, they haven't been done
    4. I'm now quite proud of my clean licence
    5. No warranty currently on the car

    5 each so as not appear I've already made my mind up. I haven't. Help me please....Thanks.
     
  2. Gribs

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Nov 2003

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    Location: Skipton

    Surely the simple thing would be to say will you be able to find a better one for the same money? If not then I can see no reason for not buying your old one.
     
  3. Witor

    Mobster

    Joined: 9 Jan 2007

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    Location: Gibraltar

    95% of the cars history is 100% known to you, whereas a normal scenario would be...well, one never knows as much as that I'd guess
     
  4. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    Buy it. You dont know its life for 5% of its mileage.

    As opposed to 100% of its mileage for every other M3.
     
  5. helpimcrap

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Jan 2004

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    Location: Leicestershire

    this.

    if you get it and something breaks - it could hav broke on any of the others 10fold but the chances are you'd have picked it up and fixed it.
     
  6. mike66uk

    Gangster

    Joined: 2 Feb 2010

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    Is it the same guy selling it that you sold it to?
     
  7. DM

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    That dont inspire much confidence.
     
  8. HummuH1

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Edinburgh

    Same trader, yes. I sold the car through a guy I know in the trade to another trader.
     
  9. HummuH1

    Wise Guy

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    Why? If only used lightly over that period I'd expect them to see that out, they weren't that bad but one of those large bills you knew was in the post.
     
  10. HummuH1

    Wise Guy

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    These are generally what I keep coming back to. There's just so many shabby M3's about. It's hard to explain but when you've got so used to one that you feel is sorted, others just feel a bit too loose. Probably all in my head.
     
  11. DM

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    Up to you, im just putting my opinion up.
     
  12. HummuH1

    Wise Guy

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    Cheers, I just don't read much into it. Why would it cause you to lose confidence? Just curious.
     
  13. DM

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    I suppose because when i buy a car i just have to get everything that needs doing done, and in an ideal world i'd like to buy cars from like minded people.

    Of course that dosent always happen, if it was a 1.8 mondeo it wouldnt bother me, but enthusiast cars, i suppose i just like seeing them with a bit of love lavished.

    Bah, i shouldnt post when iv had a couple of drinks in the evening :)
     
  14. naefeart

    Mobster

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    Seems a simple decision to me if you are def after another M3. Buy it and use the fact the brakes need replacing to knock the price down.

    n
     
  15. Jonnybmac

    Wise Guy

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    SO would this be still 3 owners from new? or classed as 4?
     
  16. mike66uk

    Gangster

    Joined: 2 Feb 2010

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    Well if he was the first owner and then sold it to a trader, the guy who sold it back to the dealer will have been the second owner, so if he buys it back again, he will be the third owner.
     
  17. Maccy

    Commissario

    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

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    Location: Herts

    If you don't mind me asking, how much did you sell it for and how much is it up for sale now?
     
  18. NickXX

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 May 2005

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    Buy it. You've done virtually all of its miles. What spec btw?
     
  19. Scania

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Nov 2004

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    Location: On the road....

    Would you fancy going back to a former love after somebody else has been there.....?

    Depends if "she" has learned any new tricks I guess..... ;) :D
     
  20. HummuH1

    Wise Guy

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    Sold it for £15.5k and would need to pay probably £1k to £1.5k more to buy it back. I'm comfortable with that though as they have gone up in value since I sold.