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Offline superfueler

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Bargain or not?
« on: July 17, 2019, 01:11:17 pm »
I am looking for a nice mk3 GTI and came across this one. What do the mk3 boffins recon, is this a good price?

https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/volkswagen/auction-2055244613.htm

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Re: Bargain or not?
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2019, 10:16:34 am »
fresh import, where has it come from?
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Re: Bargain or not?
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2019, 11:12:47 am »
Japan, over 20 y old so can be complied.
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Offline superfueler

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Re: Bargain or not?
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2019, 12:00:53 pm »
Unfortunately no service history otherwise i would have scooped it up.  :(

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Re: Bargain or not?
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2019, 01:18:05 pm »
Does that make a difference on such an old car?
2010 T5 Transporter TDI  Tuned by Superior Tuning NZ
2003 Jetta Coupe soon to be R36TT
1963 Type 34 Karmann Ghia, turbo 2.0
1990 Porsche 964 911 Carrera 4
1980 1303 Beetle vert, under restoration

Offline superfueler

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Re: Bargain or not?
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2019, 02:24:24 pm »
A well documented history is where a lot of the value lies in a car, old or new. I have burned myself far too many times buying euro cars without good maintenance histories. Its a pity that most import cars loose their wallet at the arrival docs, i was lucky to get my R32's wallet and service history with the car.

This GTI might very well be in good mechanical condition but i cannot take that verbal "promise" from the dealer to heart. The missus will kill me!  ::) :laugh:

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Re: Bargain or not?
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2019, 07:35:19 am »
I disagree. A thrashed car with full service history is likely to be in worse condition than a cared for car that's only been serviced sporadically. It's not hard to inspect for yourself, or get a third party inspection that will give you the state of the car now.  Crash damage is my main consideration when buying. No amount of servicing will fix that up!
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Offline superfueler

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Re: Bargain or not?
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2019, 03:12:46 pm »
A very valid reply you have there. I guess one will never be 100% certain if you are buying a lemon or a gold bar when going second hand.

Still, the only time i will buy a car with no documented history is if i personally know the previous owner(s). Comes down to individual choice i guess.  :)
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