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Hi, This is my first thread. I'd like a little help as im about to buy a mk4 golf 1.8T

I've been offered a swap of my modified escort and ?2,000 for a golf. The car was on ebay and i said i was willing to go through with the swap. I done a HPI check on the cars reg: LC02 CJL and it returned no results such as stolen or outstanding finance etc, the check didnt bring up the cars details as what model or car is what that i had searched for using the hpi check. I was going to collect the car last week and the guy said he didnt have the log book as he had just moved and was applying for another one. He didnt kick up a fuss when i said i would wait for the new one to come through. I've been in contact with him since then and im starting to have my doubts.

A friend of a friend works in the dvla and he said there was nothing on their system of an aplication or a new log book for the reg listed above.

Any help would be much appreciated!

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Christopher
 

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sounds dodgy to me.

try phoning the original dealer who supplied the car to try confirming the identity
 

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That registration plate dosent come up with anything on the RAC vehicle checker either, so it could be on a private plate, or it is as you think its a scammer. Steer clear is what i say!!
 

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have you given the car a good inspection or had the rac look at it ? It could be a stolen one with changed plates etc ?
 

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I would do a proper full HPI check if I were you, the ?40 odd quid ones. It should show the full details of the car, model, reg date, # of owners, and if you do them on line, it even gives a parkers valuation fo the car!

It is possible the number you are looking at has been issued recently having had a private reg on, it would not be the first time that the DVLA syste has had a delay in it to seemingly show an anomaly.

BUT first and foremost, if this is an ebay "trade" why dont you just contact the sleer and speak to him about it. Find out what if any his explanation is? Show him the "evidence" you have ie the Rac REG CHECK, DVLA treg check.

It could even be as simple as the car having the woring plates fitted, ie whoever made the plates getting a digit wrong, (would not be the first time).

Also, you could ask him when he moved house, if it is very recently, did it look like he had just moved wen you saw the car, (unpacked boxes etc)? What type of guy was he, "wideboy, old fella, straightguy, what?" what was his ebay feedback/history like?

I dont think you can just stay well clear as such, you have entered into a contract with this fella, he could technically come after you for some cash if you dont go through wiht the trade now. So give him an opportunity to explain the seeming anomolies, if only to protect yourself. Also, let him see the things causing you concern. I would also ask him for a look at his insurnace docs for the car. If he has none of them, nor any other documentation, its not looking too good? What about a service book and history?

Sounds like you may have bene a bit premature in doing this deal, if there is no back up documents for the vehicle? Obviously best to get out now, but maybe worth just speaking to the fella first and finding out what the score is.

What were the car details? was it a particularly 'cheap car' or are you paying topp dolar for it?

Good Luck whatever, let us know how it goes.
 

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If you're feeling dodgy about it at all then walk away. If you go thru
with the purchase you'll always have a doubt in the back of your mind
whether the car is genuine or not.
 

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What type of Escort do you have? Modified or not, I would have thought that an Escort and ?2000 seems a very low price to 'swap' for an 02 plate 1.8T. This would make me think that there was something dodgy about the GTI.
 

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A 2002-51 is worth about 8k.

So, he's offering you roughly 10k for your escort. Unless it's a genuine Cosworth, that seems too much.

I'd walk.
 

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definitly sounds dodgy alright. get the engine number off the golf and check it through one of the vw garage computers.
 

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That registration plate dosent come up with anything on the RAC vehicle checker either, so it could be on a private plate, or it is as you think its a scammer. Steer clear is what i say!!
ditto all of that.......
 

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UPDATE:
There has been a communication error between me and the buyer over the phone. The Reg is: LC02 EJL, not CJL. I done a check on the new reg and its doesnt come up as stolen etc.

Seems a fair deal im swapping my car: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4603074399&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEUS%3AIT&rd=1

For this: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4605642504&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1

tdiMJ. Can You find out any info on the reg from the vw computer?
 

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Date of Liability 01 12 2005
Date of First Registration 26 04 2002
Date of Last V5 Issue 05 09 2005
Year of Manufacture 2002
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1781CC
CO2 Emissions 190g/Km
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Unlicensed
Vehicle Colour BLUE
 

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Manufacturer VOLKSWAGEN
Model GOLF GTI TURBO
Body type 5 DOOR HATCHBACK
Colour BLUE
Fuel type PETROL
Date manufactured 26 April 2002
Number of previous owners 1
Last owner change 27 August 2005
 

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UPDATE:
There has been a communication error between me and the buyer over the phone. The Reg is: LC02 EJL, not CJL. I done a check on the new reg and its doesnt come up as stolen etc.

Seems a fair deal im swapping my car: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4603074399&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEUS%3AIT&rd=1

For this: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4605642504&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1

tdiMJ. Can You find out any info on the reg from the vw computer?
dude.......dont chav the golf up like the escort! (mind you, i had an escort not disimilar to that one before my golf, sweet ride!!!)
 

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Thanks Guys!

I'm gonna modify the golf but not chav it up, none of that wings west crap. Subtle r-line bumpers i recon, coilovers and rs4's

You'll be seeing alot more of me soon :)
 
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