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    Posted: 12 Mar 2009 at 9:37am

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I have an Escort 1994. The paint work is faded, and there's a water leak that collects in the passenger foot well, thanks to a rusty hole under the battery.

 

It's not all bad new though, as it has a fairly new gearbox, with hardly any mileage on it since it was replaced, all new brake pipes, new battery and an engine that’s only done 60,000 from new.

 

I want to get rid of it, as I have a degree of arthritis in both knees and the clutch and brake are a bit heavy for me.

 

But I obviously wouldn't be too keen to sell it privately with welding required under the battery. So I am considering one of those 'Cash for cars' outfits that advertise.

 

Has anybody had any experience with them, or have you any other advice on a way to get the best price.

 

I haven’t sold many cars so would appreciate your advice.

 

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How long has it been since you had an MOT? Before i go further im just wondering as you describe the clutch being a bit heavy, which could mean you may need a new clutch fitted, which if you do, sorry to say, but it will lower the value more.

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It has a full MOT, and the clutch is fine. You would regard it as light, however, as I have arthritis in both knees I need a super light hydraulic clutch which this isn't.
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Hi Martin

These Cash for Cars companys will not give you a fair price for your car! I tried them for a laugh and it came out at £2,000 when I paid nearly £4,000 for my car!

When you describ the clutch as heavy this is the first but early sign of the clutch being replaced! To be honest I wouldn't change it on a 94 Escort.

Do you have a price you want to sell it for?

Have you thought about selling it as scrap or to a spare parts dealer?

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Lads... don't get obsessed about the clutch.

 

As I said above, you would regard the clutch as light, anybody would. However, I have arthritis in both knees.

 

The clutch is relatively new, along with new brake pipes, new brake hoses, a new battery and a reconditioned gearbox.

 

I'm competent with car maintenance so am also confident the clutch is in perfect working order.

 

Have you thought about selling it as scrap or to a spare parts dealer?

 
Yes, this is pretty much my intention. I don't expect anything more that £200 or so. With the welding required beneath the battery, it would be quite expensive to fix. Any purchaser would probably use it for the engine which is in excellent condition, gear box etc.
 
I will get a quote from a cars for cash company, but if any one has had any experience of selling older cars on ebay,or any other options I'd be interested in your experience and advice.
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Haha ... sorry it took me about 10 minutes to post my first post and you had already posted back!
 
Well have a look in your local paper to find a scrap dealer! We have loads of people down here that will buy you car off you for a small price! I wouldnt worry about the passenger side hole! My mates dad sold his M reg escort van for £150 with a huge rust hole in the passenger footwell! The guy said he would weld it and sell it on or use it as parts!
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M reg escort van for £150 with a huge rust hole in the passenger footwell!
 
Now thats what I wanted to hear. Thumbs%20Up
 
I should get more than that then considering the low mileage and new parts.
 
However... How long ago was that?
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Thinking of your knees, ever thought about going over to an automatic?
 
We tried an auto the other week and I liked it very much (had command shift as well so could switch to semi automatic if you wanted). Very light and easy, one foot operation for most of the time. Mrs Magic Man prefered to stay with a manual though (although that is still a lot lighter than the previous).
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Yes, if I was buying a new car that would definitely be an option Magic.

 

Thing is though, my wife leaves her car with me and rarely drives it. She pretty much leaves the car with me as mine. It's a Fiesta and it has a super light clutch, [hydraulic] the seat position is higher as well so the angle my knees are at is different which is much better.

 

Mrs Magic Man prefered to stay with a manual though

 

Is that Manual from faulty towers? ....

 

Sorry but I must congratulate myself for that one. Big%20smile

 

 

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Originally posted by MartinW MartinW wrote:

M reg escort van for £150 with a huge rust hole in the passenger footwell!
 
Now thats what I wanted to hear. Thumbs%20Up
 
I should get more than that then considering the low mileage and new parts.
 
However... How long ago was that?
 
Mabye a few months ago! People are still looking for scrap or "spare parts cars" as people are looking for a cheap fix!
 
Im sure you have a local scrappy or local gypsy!
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Originally posted by Magic Man Magic Man wrote:

Thinking of your knees, ever thought about going over to an automatic?

We tried an auto the other week and I liked it very much (had command shift as well so could switch to semi automatic if you wanted). Very light and easy, one foot operation for most of the time. Mrs Magic Man prefered to stay with a manual though (although that is still a lot lighter than the previous).


Both my cars are auto (one of which also has the "tiptronic" type sequential semi auto capability, is diesel and does 55-60mpg) . Can't see the point of manuals really, unless you're really picky on the fuel economy - or want a diesel Vauxhall (diesel auto Vectras lose about 10mpg with an auto box. Quality engineering!).

If I buy a sports car, it'll probably be manual (the last one was), but really I don't see the point otherwise. I'd prefer most cars to be auto too. It would give some drivers sooo much more spare capacity to drive well, rather than being a moving menace.
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Originally posted by Hot_Charlie Hot_Charlie wrote:

[QUOTE=Magic Man]I'd prefer most cars to be auto too. It would give some drivers sooo much more spare capacity to drive well, rather than being a moving menace.
 
It wouldn't make much difference to be honest with you! Dead
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Whilst on the subject of cars i'll be looking for one soon as I turn 17 in May! Looking for something like a Fiesta or a Corsa, but the thing that really is catching me out is insurance! I've got several quotes for a variety of different cars and of different age cars and most have been in excess of £3000!! Do you guys have any recommendations or advice on cheap car insurance or the best cars to get that are cheaper to insure?
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Originally posted by In Kontrol In Kontrol wrote:

Originally posted by Hot_Charlie Hot_Charlie wrote:

[QUOTE=Magic Man]I'd prefer most cars to be auto too. It would give some drivers sooo much more spare capacity to drive well, rather than being a moving menace.

 

It wouldn't make much difference to be honest with you! Dead


True. A fair proportion the people on the road shouldn't be in control of a car full stop.
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Originally posted by twright twright wrote:

Whilst on the subject of cars i'll be looking for one soon as I turn 17 in May! Looking for something like a Fiesta or a Corsa, but the thing that really is catching me out is insurance! I've got several quotes for a variety of different cars and of different age cars and most have been in excess of £3000!! Do you guys have any recommendations or advice on cheap car insurance or the best cars to get that are cheaper to insure?


Get something cheap, undesirable by chavs, and shop around for your quotes. By all means use the comparison sites, but don't take them as gospel.

My first insurance, a decade ago, was a shade over £800, so today I probably wouldn't expect too much change from £1500.
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Have we finished helping me then? Big%20smile
 
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Quote and most have been in excess of £3000!! Do you guys have any recommendations or advice

Yes. Either wait until you're older (I didn't start driving until I was 21) or realize that car insurance is bloody expensive for your age group and live wth it.

My first car insurance on a brand new car, fully comp, was £1000.

Don't go for Fiestas/Corsas - they're "boy racer" cars. They may be cheap cars but very expensive to insure. They also get nicked a lot, too. Ouch

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Martin, what are you going to get instead?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote In Kontrol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Mar 2009 at 8:46pm
Quote Whilst on the subject of cars i'll be looking for one soon as I turn 17 in May! Looking for something like a Fiesta or a Corsa, but the thing that really is catching me out is insurance! I've got several quotes for a variety of different cars and of different age cars and most have been in excess of £3000!! Do you guys have any recommendations or advice on cheap car insurance or the best cars to get that are cheaper to insure?
 
 
Try a Fiat! I'm using a 2001 Punto with around 40,000 miles, and it's still going strong! Replaced the timing belt last week. Star
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Originally posted by VulcanB2 VulcanB2 wrote:


Don't go for Fiestas/Corsas - they're "boy racer" cars.


Really? I've never driven anything slower than a Corsa... they suck... the biggest engine they have is 1.6 I think.. how racy can that possibly be? Why would insurance be expensive given the lawnmower engines they have?
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