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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jul 21st, 2015, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Mechanical condition under Voluntary Termination

I'm considering returning my 09 MCS under VT as to quite honest I can see it heading towards a point of costing me a small fortune on a car where I owe considerably more than it's worth thanks to my local steeler doing me a "good deal" when I wasn't really thinking straight - yes my own fault I know!

I've already checked with Mini / BMW FS and I'm able to hand it back with no penalty which is great, however I am concerned that I may be hit with a bill for repairs.

While I understand that the car still needs to meet the BVRLA criteria of "fair wear and tear", meaning I need to get the wheels refurbed and some minor damage to the bumper sorted I am not clear on what is acceptable in terms of the mechanics.

Issues I have at the moment:
1. Loosing Coolant / Possible Thermostat failure
2. Knocking sound from under the car (Roll bar bushes?!)
3. Turbo is noisy when starting from cold and gives a "little roar" but settles after a few seconds of driving (any ideas???)

While none of these things are in any way good, I would consider that on a car which is 6 years old these could be classed as "wear and tear" but as none of them have completely failed yet ... so the question is which if any of these must I fix before returning the car under Voluntary Termination to avoid a hefty bill in return.

Sorry for the lengthy post but this has been playing on my mind for a while now and I really need to work out what to do for the financial best.

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What we think doesnt matter it what the dealer thinks and im sure they will consider points 1&3 chargeable.

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In my past experience the dealers don't get involved and its an independent collection company who handle the inspection and subsequent auctioning of the car so perhaps i should try to find out who would be doing that and discuss it with them directly?
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