Cars, garages, trauma. What would you do?
Don't know if this is of any use to you but we recently had a '97 Polo 1.4CL with 51k miles written off in a rear end crash.
Insurance payout was £1150.
Kept the car and sold on Ebay £225
I think the value of £200 he offered you is a bit low. But Ebay prices are less £300 for knackered engines so he's not a million miles out.
He is trying to make a profit from you.
Your car is worth at least £1500 is the body work is half decent.
Get him to source and fit a second hand engine exactly the same as the current one and then sell the car immediately. You'll have no history for the engine he gets you and could have issues down the line.Posted 8 years ago
Why would anyone notify the dvla of a engine change?
And even if you did, unless you tell people how will they find out?
For insurance and tax purposes I guess. If you replace that 1.1l engine with a 2.0l turbo and then write your car off, your insurance will be invalidated if they come and inspect it.Posted 8 years ago
Haven't gone through the finer details yet. Will be asking for some sort of guarantee on it, plus maybe the next MOT done by him or something.
Anything particular I should be looking for on a Clio?
Plus he rang back to say it was £200, sounded like a straight swap in the first conversation. 🙄Posted 8 years ago
What engine size, spec, how many owners? Will do a private sale search..
If it comes out at £1200, and hes willing to give you a 3month warranty on any mechanicals (ie he fixes) then I'd personally take it.
Bare in mind that at 78k its probably due its second cambelt change. Clios have to be changed before manufacturers recommendations at 40k intervals? Also ALL electrics work.
Im assuming its the 98-01 Gen:
Edit:Posted 8 years ago
1.2 16vs seem to be suffering a lot of timing belt failures at mileages as low as 36,000. Best to change the belts at 5 years or 40k miles max. On 1,149cc D4F 16v and D7F 8v engines it is essential to change the timing belt, tensioners and the water pump every 3 years or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first). Early timing belt failures not unknown on RenaultSport Clio 172s, so best to change belt, tensioner and all pulleys at 4 years of 40k miles whichever comes first.
How much was the work that you paid for the alternator?
We replaced the polo that was written off with another one.
N reg (so older than the one written off but in better condition) with 71k miles but had a years MOT and tax for £700.
You can buy cheap reliable cars.
£400 he'll give you + refund + £200 to buy clio = same budget as just buying the clio off him
How much does that give you to play with? Then we can see what you can get instead of a clio.
Clio will be next to worthless when you want to sell it at somepoint down the line.Posted 8 years ago
Alternator work was £160 so £760, though I'm not sure it should be worked out that way.
You're right, it shouldn't be worked out that way but thats what it effectively boils down to. Anyway you look at it at the moment you're going to be down to the tune of £500 – £1k potentially.
Only way not to be is to get the repair free of charge but that doesn't look like it's going to happen.
Sorry fella, not sure what else to say. You've been very unlucky/misfortunate.Posted 8 years ago
Nah think it's sound – he drives to work in it at the moment (I did see him pull up in it on Monday when I first went). Got a guarantee on it too and I do enough miles in a week to see if it's going to go pop or not. So, not the fairytale ending I was looking for but I'm reasonably happy.
Cheers allPosted 8 years ago
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