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Thread: Just Bought a Roadster

  1. #1
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    Smile Just Bought a Roadster

    After 12 years of owning various 450s, I've decided I can afford to treat myself to a Roadster

    Probably pick it up next weekend, and it will be a long drive home!

    Should be interesting!
    Paul
    Pure 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Feb 08 - sold
    Passion 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Mar 09 - sold
    Passion 1998 T, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Apr 10 - sold
    Cabrio 2001 Y, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Jul 10 Replaced Oct 16

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    Sounds like fun for the summer.

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    Doesn't look like I'm buying a Roadster after all

    Hi Gary, the V5 shows the car has Cat S damage (used to be called Cat C), and as you said that happened before your ownership. However, it significantly affects the value of the car, which is why it needs to be declared when advertised for sale. I would like to take the car off your hands, but I need to know precisely what the damage/repair consisted of, and I also need to understand why the V5 does not have a current address, and whether you have any paperwork to link the car to the new address. Kind regards - Paul
    Paul
    Pure 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Feb 08 - sold
    Passion 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Mar 09 - sold
    Passion 1998 T, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Apr 10 - sold
    Cabrio 2001 Y, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Jul 10 Replaced Oct 16

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    ​That's a bummer, but at least you found out before you bought.

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    My Cerbera is a Cat D, never been an issue for me as I'll never sell it

    I would have been fine with the Salvage title, but not at the price it went for, because the idea was that it would be a summer car and then I'd sell it (as I really don't have the space for it)

    The V5 anomalies were just the final straw, as it would have entailed a train journey and a nine hour drive home

    Not a bad adventure for a BH weekend, but only if it looked above board
    Paul
    Pure 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Feb 08 - sold
    Passion 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Mar 09 - sold
    Passion 1998 T, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Apr 10 - sold
    Cabrio 2001 Y, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Jul 10 Replaced Oct 16

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    Good save.

    Strange the V5c doesn't record the address of the current registered keeper.
    Checking if the V5C number is the latest issue can be found with the DVLA web site, maybe it's something to do with the Cat S tag. Just guessing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lancepar View Post
    Good save.

    Strange the V5c doesn't record the address of the current registered keeper.
    Checking if the V5C number is the latest issue can be found with the DVLA web site, maybe it's something to do with the Cat S tag. Just guessing.

    V5s no longer show the previous owner's details .... they haven't now for the past few years ..... data protection and all that

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    Just bought another Roadster

    This time the Cat C damage was declared, and the final auction value definitely reflected that

    The front and wing damage repair all looked fine (although the damaged wheel arch liner had been left) so that wasn't a concern

    There were two obvious issues:

    Timing Chain rattle, probably due to sticky tensioner and overdue oil change

    Roof needs some TLC, but the car will be garaged so not an immediate concern

    Other than that there is probably a significant amount of deferred maintenance, but basically a good starting point

    Not bad for under a grand
    Paul
    Pure 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Feb 08 - sold
    Passion 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Mar 09 - sold
    Passion 1998 T, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Apr 10 - sold
    Cabrio 2001 Y, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Jul 10 Replaced Oct 16

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