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Old 06-02-2004, 06:50   #1 (permalink)
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When inspecting your new car

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Looks as if I may be picking up a new XR6 NA over the weekend. Just wondering what I should be doing when I get there, ie inspect the car, faults to look out for, scratches (i Hope not!!!!), make sure the car is perfect etc before I hannd over the money. Maybe swindle them into chucking something extra in or is it too late as the papers have been signed?
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Old 06-02-2004, 07:00   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldnt take delivery if it shows a large number of kms on a brand new car - if for instance, its got 80km on the clock, then the dealer has probably used it as a demonstrator somewhere along the line.
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I wouldnt take delivery if it shows a large number of kms on a brand new car - if for instance, its got 80km on the clock, then the dealer has probably used it as a demonstrator somewhere along the line.
Supposedly brand spanker new. If it 100kms on it would u get p*ssed and try to work something out as I have not bought a brand new car before and do not know what is right and what is wrong.
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I have taken delivery of a new car with 18km on it..............
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Just do a really detailed walk around mate. Check inside the boot, under the liner, have a look at the underbody and check the underside and edges of the kit for minor scrapes and marks. Check every possible electronic function and makes sure all the seats move fine etc before you drive it out of the lot. Only little things but if you notice them straight away it can save some hassles.
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Some cars are tested by Ford and have a sticker on the window - random road testing. Some of these cars have up to 70kms on them before they are shipped to the dealership. Most FPVs I see have approx 50 kms on the clock before they are delievered.

I wouldnt be too concerned with anthing under 100 kms, anymore then that and I would be worried. If the car has option extras like tint fitted they usually have to get taken to the company who completes that particular part, therefore kms will be put on the car to do so .
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Take it for a drive first and make sure you have no vibrations at 80-120kmh. We just sold our BA XR6 NA after four months of hell due to it, they could not fix it and the car blew engine seals, the diff, many driveline parts were replaced - and still not fixed. Quite simply, drive it, if it vibrates/drones, and you take it, be prepared to put up with it.

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Re: When inspecting your new car

You can expect that getting a new car will not have much more that 15-20ks on the clock unless its a 'random tester' from factory as mentioned. I got my AUII with 23 on the clock after the Pre-delivery test-drive.
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Just make sure you go over the paint carefully. I found a chip in mine and one of the side skirts had red paint on it. I took it back and they fixed it no questions asked. Don't know how many ks it had on it as my old man had to pick it up for me as I was working. When I drove it that night though it had about 80ks on it.
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Re: When inspecting your new car

Most of the important aspects here have been pretty well covered.

My AUIII had 12 klm's when I picked her up. Look for things like uneven panel gaps (indicating if any pre delivery damage was incurred in transit), in under the engine bay - that what should be connected up, is, all the simple little things that can be corrected that might have been missed through QA and predeliv testing.

Have a very very good look at the paint quality. If you have a mate that's a spray painter or has done something like that, worth getting them to have a look as well. There were some paint runs on mine that I didn't pick up until almost 1 year into ownership.
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