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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:25 am 
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wannabeeahack wrote:
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Looking to buy my first car for private hire.

Options are brand new seat toledo at @ 14k including extended 5 year or 90k mile warranty.

or 2015 plate hyundai i40 estate with 10k on the clock @ 13k with 4 year unlimited miles warranty.

I've got a good sized deposit and can pay the car over 3 or 4 years.

Any advice would be appreciated.



Save the deposit for the £5000 insurance


been quoted 2k for first years insurance which i'm delighted with.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:13 am 
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been quoted 2k for first years insurance which i'm delighted with.

I hope you took their arm off at the shoulder getting a quote like that for year one. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:11 pm 
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grandad wrote:
I have noticed that the headlights on ours are really crap.
Headlights are good on highbeam, not so good dipped when going round a corner as they don't light up the edges very well. Ok in a straight line though !
Oh and all the rear lights are LED so no worries about blown bulbs, speaking of which the front headlamp bulbs are £30 but can be got online for £12. Luckily they don't blow as often as standard bulbs, probably because all the electrics are powered by the 'big' battery so you get a constant regulated voltage unlike a standard car where the voltage varies depending on load, eg when you start a car with the headlights on they dim as the starter turns.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:45 pm 
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sasha wrote:
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I have noticed that the headlights on ours are really crap.
Headlights are good on highbeam, not so good dipped when going round a corner as they don't light up the edges very well. Ok in a straight line though !
Oh and all the rear lights are LED so no worries about blown bulbs, speaking of which the front headlamp bulbs are £30 but can be got online for £12. Luckily they don't blow as often as standard bulbs, probably because all the electrics are powered by the 'big' battery so you get a constant regulated voltage unlike a standard car where the voltage varies depending on load, eg when you start a car with the headlights on they dim as the starter turns.

The headlight bulbs have a 100,000 mile warranty. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:39 pm 
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grandad wrote:
The headlight bulbs have a 100,000 mile warranty. :mrgreen:
Is that true or are you pulling my leg ?
I jinxed it by saying the bulbs last a long time, one blew on my way to eurocarparts to get a set of wipers #-o £20 for the bulb and £15 for the wipers at euro.

It has lasted nearly nine months though, wonder how long the other sides got. The standard ones in my mondeo would go every couple of months (but they did only cost £1.50).


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:57 pm 
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sasha wrote:
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The headlight bulbs have a 100,000 mile warranty. :mrgreen:
Is that true or are you pulling my leg ?
I jinxed it by saying the bulbs last a long time, one blew on my way to eurocarparts to get a set of wipers #-o £20 for the bulb and £15 for the wipers at euro.

It has lasted nearly nine months though, wonder how long the other sides got. The standard ones in my mondeo would go every couple of months (but they did only cost £1.50).


Fit hids instead last a lifetime


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 6:00 am 
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Fit hids instead last a lifetime


Have you seen how much the conversion kits are and the price of bulbs? #-o #-o


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:44 pm 
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Fit hids instead last a lifetime
They don't. I know several drivers who've had HIDs blow/fail. They paid between £80-£120 for replacements.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:54 pm 
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These "canbus" systems are sensitive, be aware a Hid can upset the whole electrical system

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:56 pm 
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Goku wrote:
wannabeeahack wrote:
Goku wrote:
Looking to buy my first car for private hire.

Options are brand new seat toledo at @ 14k including extended 5 year or 90k mile warranty.

or 2015 plate hyundai i40 estate with 10k on the clock @ 13k with 4 year unlimited miles warranty.

I've got a good sized deposit and can pay the car over 3 or 4 years.

Any advice would be appreciated.



Save the deposit for the £5000 insurance


been quoted 2k for first years insurance which i'm delighted with.




id want to verify that

typical new badge/no no claims (H&R) is £4000 ish

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:57 pm 
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sasha wrote:
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Fit hids instead last a lifetime
They don't. I know several drivers who've had HIDs blow/fail. They paid between £80-£120 for replacements.

One of our Lagunas has these. Cost £70 for the bulb when it went.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 2:26 am 
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/XENON-AC-HID- ... Sw9N1VpijF

Got these in my Skoda 500K had them in 7 years 3 in the superb and 4 in the Octavia


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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/XENON-AC-HID- ... Sw9N1VpijF

Got these in my skoda 500K had them in 7 years 3 in the superb and 4 in the Octavia


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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/XENON-AC-HID- ... Sw9N1VpijF

Got these in my Skoda 500K had them in 7 years 3 in the superb and 4 in the Octavia


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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/XENON-AC-HID- ... Sw9N1VpijF

Got these in my Skoda 500K had them in 7 years 3 in the superb and 4 in the Octavia


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