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Old May 22nd, 2014, 05:57 PM
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I brought a 2nd hand mini cooper s from the Ridgeway group, its a lovely car and have been looking for ages to get just what I wanted, of course I had looked at private sales but spending quite a lot of money thought it better to go to a main dealer for the piece of mind.
had the car delivered which was great, a scratch on the door had not been sorted as promised.
The first time I took it out my daughter pulled down the sun visor and the mirror cover fell to the floor, it must have been damage for a while.
When I cleaned the car I took a look under the bonnet and the engine block had some screw holes showing at the top, so I looked on line and there are cosmetic parts missing.
Last weekend it was warm when I took my wife out to Portsmouth in it and the air con did not work.
I would have thought that a main dealer would have a check list to run through before releasing the car.... i'm a little disappointed but hope they sort the issues out.
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Did they sort the issues in the end?
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2nd hand mini cooper is very good.
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Quite often dealers buy their used cars at auctions and know nothing about them. Likewise many dealers do nothing more than have their lot boy detail them and up they go for sale. A dealership will make more profit off the sale of a used car than they will from the sale of a new car.
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Quite often dealers buy their used cars at auctions and know nothing about them. Likewise many dealers do nothing more than have their lot boy detail them and up they go for sale. A dealership will make more profit off the sale of a used car than they will from the sale of a new car.

Bit like that clot on Wheeler Dealers on tv, out to make as much as he can as fast as he can without spending anything, and dont look too closely at anything whatever you do.
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When I have bought used cars I always felt better buying from an owner and not a dealer. Not that you're always right but when you deal with an owner you do have a little intuitive feed-back you wouldn't get with buying a used car from a dealer. Plus the fact, as a general rule, they're cheaper.
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Well, it depends how the car was driven. If it was forced - yes, the 2nd hand mini is not that good because of the issues that need to be covered after that and everything costs money and time.
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The best would be 2nd hand from a Sunday driver who keeps his mini in a garage and treats it like a family member. Or basically...my father
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