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Old 18th Jun 2006, 22:17
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Car Inspections by RAC

I have been thinking about getting another car, the present one now been over 12 years old.
To this end I have looked to the RAC for a vehicle check on any potential purchase, which covers:-
Engine, Cooling systems, Bodywork, Full RAC HPI check, Interior trim, Driveshaft, Brakes, Steering, Suspension, Underbody, Wheels, and finally, Tyres. Quite a comprehensive check list I am sure you will agree, and a full list can be seen here:- http://www.rac.co.uk/web/vehiclechec...tion/checklist
My problem comes with the costing of this execise, or more exactly, the logic of the costing. For some obscure reason it is dependent on the ENGINE SIZE?
It cost for example, as a member, 204.95 to have a 1.8 Mondeo examined.
If it were a 2.1 litre Mondeo however, it would cost 257.95. I hasten to add I have NO yearnings for a Mondeo, just an example don't you know. Can anyone come up with a reason for this stupidity, apart from the obvious "if you can afford a big mota you can afford to pay fer it"
The engine size I have in mind cost 306.95 being in excess of 3 litres.
I think I would sooner ask my local Mr. Fixit to go and take a look, bearing in mind he will have to mend it when it breaks anyway.
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Old 18th Jun 2006, 22:23
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If you can TRUST your Mr Fixit, that's the best way to go, although he might not be aware of the common afflictions that certain models experience.
A comprehensive 'MOT plus' inspection is what I've paid the dedicated-make dealer to do (asking the tester to bear in mind that HE is 'buying' the car).
The AA (and other 'commercial' services) have to set their charges SOMEWHERE, and cannot really charge according to every individual car. Larger capacity cars (tend to) have more features.
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Old 18th Jun 2006, 23:02
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Don't pay a red cent to anyone who is unwilling to stand over their findings, this is something that is creeping in, house surveyors, car surveyors etc. All will charge you the earth but are insulated through small print when they get it wrong.

My advice: get your local mechanic to give it the once over - knowing they will be the one to deal with any problems.
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Old 19th Jun 2006, 00:42
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Could the engine size pricing be an insurance thing?

Perhaps covering the engineer to drive the car on the road test would cost more for a higher specced car.
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Old 19th Jun 2006, 06:13
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They've been watching Gordon "Robber" Brown and/or Local Councils.

Don't base taxes/prices upon fairness.

Just find an excuse......any excuse will do (the public are thick and apathetic).....for charging more from those who (apparently) can pay more!

Well, Mr Brown, I ain't paying more!

Just about to take my car off the road for a month. (OK, so I cheat and have a long holiday coming) No Road Tax for one month. No Petrol Tax for one month. Think of all the "cushy pension, sod you private sector plebs who can work eight years longer than us" civil servants shuffling their forms around coping with the beaurocracy of that little manouevre.

Stick that in your Increased Road Fund License pot, Mr "Thieving Git" Brown! (and just you f*****g wait until election time).

Errr.....did someone mention the RAC?
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Old 20th Jun 2006, 08:41
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Hope my previous post didn't cause this thread to fall.

I was just making the point that pricing strategies these days are seldom based upon fairness or logic.......just "con artistry" and maximum profit.
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