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    New Car Excitement

    Me and the Fiancee have just purchased (signed all the paperwork on friday evening ready to pickup wednesday) a 59 plate Toyota Yaris TR

    Had a go in it, I'm only learning but Mrs can drive, its so much more fun than the Fiat Bravo TJet we are changing from.


    However I'm looking out for things to keep an eye on, does anyone else have this car of a similar age, what should I keep a check on? particular engine wear? as it normally falls to me to keep the car in good nick. The toyota garage are doing a full service/MOT and are even doing some paint correction and alloy restoration for us as part of the deal.

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    Toyota do a good service agreement - we pay 17 per month (for an Aygo) and all our service costs are covered plus we get half price MOTs and a courtesy car. When we signed up for it they gave us a free car care kit and a hefty discount on some work we were having done too. Our local dealer is excellent on customer service and it takes all the hassle out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaleStorm View Post
    However I'm looking out for things to keep an eye on, does anyone else have this car of a similar age, what should I keep a check on? particular engine wear? as it normally falls to me to keep the car in good nick. The toyota garage are doing a full service/MOT and are even doing some paint correction and alloy restoration for us as part of the deal.
    While this is of no use to you and a little bit OT, your post reminds me of a funny story. Years ago, a friend I worked with wanted to buy a Ford Escort from a private seller but knew nothing about cars. Another friend who was "all that" when it comes to the in's and out's of autos said he would go with him to check it out, make sure it was in a good working order, and do a bit of haggling. The following week, my mate turned up in work in his 'new' new car and it really was the worst piece of junk you could imagine. It was dilapidated, rusted, leaking oil, the locks on the doors were temperamental at best, and it was generally falling to bits. What's worse is he paid 550 for it!!! We asked why he paid so much and assumed our other mate did not go with him in the end to check it out as common sense would kick in and tell you that this car was awful. We were shocked though to hear that our other friend DID go with him, and with his vast superior knowledge of cars that he always went on about, gave each tyre a hard kick, checked the oil level, and made sure the windscreen wipers worked!!! He was also chuffed as they haggled it down from 600! I bet the seller had a right old time ripping them off. I don't know much about cars but chatting with my other colleagues, everyone agreed that it was worth around 250 max, if that!

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    The guy at the Dealership we dealt with was great, really nice and didn't string us along with a load of b*****s
    We didn'd discuss a service plan but if its only something like an extra 20ish a month I would happily pay it because servicing costs can be astronomical sometimes, the fiat was nearly 400quid for its last service, around the 60,000mile mark i think

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    I bought my Peugeot 308 just over a year ago from the local dealership and I was really lucky as I know the salesman there (used to work with him back in the day at Safeways/Morrisons) and he is a genuinely nice guy so I was more than happy to deal with him and knew he was trustworthy. Even got a few freebies thrown in.

    I find salesmen can be hit and miss though. When I was initially thinking about changing my car, I went to the local Citron dealership to have a look around and the salesman (well, salesboy as he looked 18) came across as a right little boy racer/chav. When he realised I was not actually planning on buying anything there and then, he just lost interest and actually walked off to another customer who just walked through the door.

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    The dealer we saw is the same guy the Fiancee's parents have bought all there cars from in the past (they've always had Toyota) He threw in a load of free stuff, like the paint correction, it didnt really need doing but he said, it looks swirled in places i'll get our car prep guys to do a paint fix for you. We got some little stuff as well like a Yaris keyring and a toyota bear, I got a toyota branded 8gb pen drive too .

    Plus i would recommend the dealership because even the staff who wern't dealing with our purchase were friendly and didn't just hide away in the little offices. I seriously want the new GT86 that is an awesome car, i sat and had a play with the stuff in the dash and looked through the booklets at the specs...plus it looks pretty

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    My friend had a Yaris and it was a really good car. I'm not a Toyota fan but this was a 1.3 and was really nippy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewL View Post
    My friend had a Yaris and it was a really good car. I'm not a Toyota fan but this was a 1.3 and was really nippy.
    Ours is the 1.33 VVT-i and its pretty nippy, no acceleration like the fiat, but that had a turbo-charged 1.4 petrol engine and was whiplash induceingly quick of the mark

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