Marc

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  1. It's a strange world.. Everything has turned full circle. Auctions seem to be the place to buy for a private buyer. Buying Central auctions crap for retail money, when it borders on auto salvage, even the legitimate private sellers lie through their teeth and for sure the car dealer is the most honest amongst men. The unknown to you independent garage hit you with bullshit advisory items whearas the main chains don't.. And the so called liberals use mob rule /mentality to cause chaos . Full circle indeed . Need wisdom in this game...
  2. Try ultimate compound, especially as your new to machine polishing. Doing a full detail is a long long process. I've spent 16hrs doing a valet. Ultimate compound saves time as you don't have to go over it with polish, the compound breaks down in to smaller less aggressive particles and polishes while it's worked. M105 will cut more but you'll need to follow with m205 to polish. As a beginner ultimate compound is ideal! use a medium pad. Claying is something I try my best to avoid..it's a horrible time consuming job. Petrol and a microfiber is far quicker , white spirit even better but depends on car/paint condition and youbdon't want to leave it on the paint longer than necessary..keep the hose nearby. VonHaus DA polisher is good value for money and comes with red pad for removal of scratches, yellow for swirl marks and a black pad for polishing. Huge money in detailing products IMO most are unnecessary...
  3. In Scotland you need a license to sell second hand cars. This is a good system - if it was enforced! I've lost count of the times I've seen undeclared cat n cars, sheds straight from central auctions etc etc on facebook. It makes the job hard ,especially if you trade in sub 3k cars. The people who get duped by the plastic trader vow never again and they become PCP Arnold Clark slaves.. Some auctions ask for more than a trade insurance policy ..they all should!
  4. you can't upload video's on PAYG. I usually mention I have great video of car in advert and to message me for the link. It's far from ideal but it's better than nothing.
  5. If your at the sub 2k cars then I don't see much difference between auction v private buying in terms of issues. The private usually been to garage and they've told them to sell it.. New mot on a private sale is usually a bad sign in my experience. I get best deals by buying a rattly corsa at market or a ka that won't go in to gear. A rotten rear axle is a blessing to me too. The aforementioned is relatively easy fixes. Know the car your buying ..at the end of the day it's not where you buy but the price you pay. Private sellers want a grand for a fkd car n so do auction houses
  6. Me and a pal I had from Skye used to go down to Rotherham to buy cat d . He was experienced ,worked in coachworks. trying to repair cars and make profits wasn't as easy as it sounds. Europeans are either better at it or don't care as much. A 35k 63 plate Clio on fb for the princely sum of 800quid ..it's cheap for a reason..
  7. Facebook marketplace is full of cat n, half the the time not declared on the ad and if it is it's always a minor ding :-/ . Selling good well prepped 2k cars is harder work.
  8. Marc

    Ford Ka Mk2

    I've done this a few times ,replacing heater dial bulbs while I'm at it. I used precision screw drivers but dedicated tool would be better. Pop the plastic surround off the circular air vents and rotate, pull it out a tad and rotate,should come straight out. Better if you have keys to remove stereo but again I used slim precision screwdriver. Start at one side, push screwdriver/key in far as it will go and push to left,feel it 'give' and ease it forward a little..same for other side.
  9. I agree about silicone on interior/dash etc but I do like to use it on door seals, boots -anything rubber related .
  10. Anyone got any good places for bulk buying of silicone sprays, brake cleaner ,plus gas and such like. Ive bought many a can of teh tane silicone spray from toolstation and it's good stuff at less than half the price of better known brands. Found somewhere that sells 12 cans and does decent prices on brake cleaner https://www.idealsealants.com/technical-aerosols-c112/tectane-sl-527-silicone-spray-400ml-x-12-p201
  11. Got original Clio alloys from scrap yard today,vibration cured. offside front hub threads are worn tho . previous owner spent a fortune fixing things directly related to this
  12. Yes not by much but enough to make me think the aftermarket alloys fit is the problem. past receipts show ongoing suspension steering trouble. the threads in hub are probably worn I'm betting the previous owner couldn't solve issues hence the low price.
  13. Good shout. spigot ring is slightly out of tolerance leaving a very small space between hub and wheel. Had every intention of changing alloys so not so bad. Cheers fella's
  14. Alloys in good condition but horrible aftermarket things that are probably to blame . Tie rods didn't look old but had plenty play in them. I'm probably over thinking a simple ish issue.
  15. Hi got a wee Clio tce that's got me scunnered with a vibration issue that's most noticeable at 60mph plus. In the last few days I've changed pads discs, track rod ends, swapped wheels n had them balanced ..those things needed done irrespective of vibration however was sure thatd solve issue. Engine mounts appear in good shape. I'm of the thought it's a balancing issue? acceleration or braking isnt a factor. coasting at high speed and vibration felt though floor. no groans/strange noise s from steering . rack has been changed in the last year by unknown garage along with wafer thin control arms. Tyres look and feel ok Any ideas before i pass problem to a workshop