General Discussion: The Motoring Thread Incorporating All Motor Vehicles (Including Motor Cycles.)


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TROYBOY
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922 posts since 28/2/12

18 Apr 2021 22:37
anyone here do leases? thinking of going down this route for a few years. whats the impact on insurance if any?
youngkamio
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52 posts since 27/6/14

20 Apr 2021 08:59
TROYBOY wrote: anyone here do leases? thinking of going down this route for a few years. whats the impact on insurance if any?


I have always thought of going down this avenue but whenever i have looked into it I have gone for a normal purchase.

I think it makes sense if:
- you want a new car with no hassle regarding breakdowns etc.
- you don't do very high mileage
- you don't have enough cash for an outright purchase or you want to utilise that cash elsewhere
- you are not that interested in optional extras
- you are not that interested in the highest performance models
- you don't mind you are essentially renting so you have to give the car back in the same condition or face high charges

Having said that most new cars are specced well from factory now and if you search for physical stock instead of build slots you may get a car with alot of options for a good price. A new Golf GTI or Toyota Supra for 300-350 a month is quite good tbh.

My missus got a Merc E250 Cabriolet 3 years ago, old shape facelift with 40k miles and decent options from Benz dealer with 1yr warranty for 17.5k. Sold it last week after 3 years for 10.5k privately after doing 45k miles ontop. Ran it with no warranty for 2 years but no problems. So overall cost us 7k for 36 months or £195 p/m. If we had got the new shape brand new on lease with the same engine, those options and that mileage we would have been looking at easy 450p/m + 9 upfront so a total of £20.5k inc. fees. Not to mention having to fix all the curbed alloys and scratches.
NickMSM
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418 posts since 21/8/13

20 Apr 2021 10:01
I've leased a couple of cars, currently have an A35 AMG because it was a brilliant deal. Few notes, look after it or you'll possibly get stung when you hand back, you can't be fussy on which make/model/spec etc if you're looking for a really good deal, I generally look at 3 or 6 months for first payment, get GAP insurance.

Current deal is 8k p/a mileage, £340 a month and 6 months up front. Servicing not included. I had a Leon FR 184 a few years ago for £250 a month inc. servicing on 10k p/a. If you shop about you'll find a good deal on something but there aren't as many deals floating around at the moment as there were so I'll probably buy my next car in a few months.
TROYBOY
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922 posts since 28/2/12

20 Apr 2021 10:14
trying to work it out in my head. just want hassle free motoring. dont want to think about doing tax, mot etc. looking at the golf R FOR 24/36months
NickMSM
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418 posts since 21/8/13

20 Apr 2021 10:25
TROYBOY wrote: trying to work it out in my head. just want hassle free motoring. dont want to think about doing tax, mot etc. looking at the golf R FOR 24/36months

If the figures add up it's easy and worthwhile. I'm only thinking of buying as I want an SUV for family duties and the sort of thing we'd like is silly money on a lease. Have a look on Pistonheads forum, there's a lease deals thread in the car buying section.
saltz33
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457 posts since 1/10/12

20 Apr 2021 10:29
Anyone own or driven a merc GLB? Box wagon? Thoughts?
andymakesglasses
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20596 posts since 26/1/06

20 Apr 2021 10:31
NickMSM wrote: Have a look on Pistonheads forum, there's a lease deals thread in the car buying section.

This is the latest one:

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f;=255&t;=1882391
Toasted
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1709 posts since 15/10/09

20 Apr 2021 10:48
saltz33 wrote: Anyone own or driven a merc GLB? Box wagon? Thoughts?

Every time I see one I want one. See also: Suzuki Jimny.
TROYBOY
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922 posts since 28/2/12

20 Apr 2021 11:01
NickMSM wrote:
TROYBOY wrote: trying to work it out in my head. just want hassle free motoring. dont want to think about doing tax, mot etc. looking at the golf R FOR 24/36months

If the figures add up it's easy and worthwhile. I'm only thinking of buying as I want an SUV for family duties and the sort of thing we'd like is silly money on a lease. Have a look on Pistonheads forum, there's a lease deals thread in the car buying section.

on it at the moment, those guys live for deals. seen a few i like the look of to be fair
Kadafi39
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2011 posts since 30/10/09

20 Apr 2021 11:21
saltz33 wrote: Anyone own or driven a merc GLB? Box wagon? Thoughts?

Haven't drive one yet, but have a GLC which its very likely based on. Expect a pretty poor ride quality with the AMG wheels.

Apart from that I quite like the look of them, looks like a mini G wagon. Interior is nice too.
Heath
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2547 posts since 26/7/06

20 Apr 2021 11:25
Toasted wrote: Every time I see one I want one. See also: Suzuki Jimny.

I love my new Jimny, still makes me smile when I drive it - definitely gives off the wannabe G-wagon vibes as well.
saltz33
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457 posts since 1/10/12

20 Apr 2021 11:52
Kadafi39 wrote:
saltz33 wrote: Anyone own or driven a merc GLB? Box wagon? Thoughts?

Haven't drive one yet, but have a GLC which its very likely based on. Expect a pretty poor ride quality with the AMG wheels.

Apart from that I quite like the look of them, looks like a mini G wagon. Interior is nice too.


Thanks… yeah i like the boxy styling and the interiors are great… 7 seats will be useful for the Mrs too. As much as i like the AMG styling, was worried about the stiff ride on them but will see if i can find one to test.
schtoop
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13036 posts since 9/4/07

23 Apr 2021 10:44
Very basic question but currently in the process of selling my first car privately, just wondering if theres any tips/recommendations (apart from the obvious logbook etc.) to do that I may not have thought about?
Kadafi39
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2011 posts since 30/10/09

23 Apr 2021 12:19
Be weary of multiple guys turning up to have a look and distracting you while the bonnet is open so they can do the head gasket leak or exhaust blowing smoke scam on you.
sydneyking
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5056 posts since 26/9/09

23 Apr 2021 12:57
saltz33 wrote: Anyone own or driven a merc GLB? Box wagon? Thoughts?

Not driven or owned one but I like the styling and size for the price
schtoop
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13036 posts since 9/4/07

26 Apr 2021 21:12
Kadafi39 wrote: Be weary of multiple guys turning up to have a look and distracting you while the bonnet is open so they can do the head gasket leak or exhaust blowing smoke scam on you.

noted, cheers matey
youngkamio
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52 posts since 27/6/14

27 Apr 2021 09:11
schtoop wrote: Very basic question but currently in the process of selling my first car privately, just wondering if theres any tips/recommendations (apart from the obvious logbook etc.) to do that I may not have thought about?

Watch out for cash! Was in the news the other day, a couple sold their BMW and the £20 notes all had the same serial number.

Another one in the news, the customer was test driving. When it came to the end, he pretended to get out but didn't and drove off. So always ask for the key before departing the car and obviously get the license etc. before a test drive.

There are alot of scare stories but i have sold multiple cars privately and generally it has been very safe and worth the time and effort.
ismvil
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1881 posts since 16/9/11

27 Apr 2021 09:45
If you're taking cash meet them at the bank and get it deposited with them
schtoop
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13036 posts since 9/4/07

1 May 2021 20:39
Thanks for all the advice, ended up selling to a young lad and his step dad was pretty experienced with buying cars so was a smooth transaction after all
RickRude
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3908 posts since 13/1/12

18 May 2021 21:19
Is it worth getting extended warranty when buying a motor from a dealer?