Sunday 22 September 2019

Motoring Advice: What should I avoid or expect to pay when buying in England?


Ford Focus RS
Ford Focus RS

Aidan Timmons and Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham team up to help readers make the right choice with their next car. Aidan visits dealers all over the country to produce a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars. He is co-editor of Motor Trade Publishers, who supply a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses. Eddie is author of former best-seller 'Clever Car Buying'

I am looking at buying a 2015 Ford Focus in England. It is a 1.6 Zetec diesel with 16,000 miles. Any advice on what to avoid or expect to pay? Does it sound like a good purchase at around €10,000?

Aidan: Eddie and I tell anyone thinking of buying abroad to have their wits about them. If the deal looks too good to be true, then it probably is. Don't concentrate solely on the initial purchase price; ensure you calculate your entire cost of importing including flights, return ferry, food, VRT, licence plates, motor tax and your time. Have you paid for a vehicle history report? Remember you have no comeback if anything goes wrong. Once you have done all of that you'll be better positioned to make your decision.

Eddie: Don't know why but the mileage makes me suspicious so I'd urge you to get it checked out. Any of the car history companies will do it for a small fee. If it checks out good luck with it.

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