Hey all, long time no collection thread from me (I bought the Saab 10 months ago now! Time flies!).
Let's take this opportunity to introduce a new member to the forum, @Saltyscotsman. He's been thinking about getting something shite for a while, and now is the time.
This is going to be one hell of an introduction, too.
A few days ago now, a Mitsubishi Galant was posted in the ebay thread by @Ghosty. This one, to be precise.
It looked nice. 1990 H, in blue, with low miles and a very clean MOT history. However the last MOT (which was spotlessly clean) was in 2018.
The car is also located in Surrey. Both @Saltyscotsman and I are in the vicinity of Aberdeen.
The following happened on our small discord server:
Thus, we now have a car that hasn't had an MOT since 2018 sitting in Surrey, which needs to get back to Ellon, roughly 12 miles or so north of Aberdeen.
At this point, we contacted @worldofceri to get some figures.
Then, @rantingYoof bravely volunteered his driveway in the Northampton area, and his services in driving it to an MOT garage.
This means the plan so far is to get Ceri to transport it to Yoof's driveway then Yoof will take it to a garage while being wired money for any work it may or may not need. Then, Salt and I will likely get a flight to Birmingham, get picked up by Yoof, then drive the Galant north.
I'm providing assistance due to my previous experience in stupid collections and my diary being completely empty for the next couple of weeks.
Did I mention this is utterly, utterly stupid?
The last time I did the Northampton - Aberdeen run was in late 2015 in that Lexus LS400 after another friend (now living in Oregon since late 2016) bought it from @rantingYoof so at least it was a known car. I think @dome, @320touring, @dollywobbler and a few others also know that car. That was done overnight on empty motorways in a time of about 9 hours. This will be done with roughly 1/3rd of the power* in a totally unknown car during a global pandemic. WCPGW?!
*The carb-fed 1.8 in these Galants apparently makes about 85hp. So it'll be slower than either of my 1990s shitboxes. Fun times.
As a thread is useless without pictures:
Nice, isn't it?
Doesn't help my nerves, though.
The timescale so far is for Ceri to collect it on Wednesday the 21st, so no movement as of yet. This thread is just being put here to keep everything in one place.
Live updates will hopefully follow at the tail-end of the week!
By Cord Forteener aka Tim_E
What's going on?
Its early Sunday morning.
What time is it?
Is that time. Why am I up early on Sunday morning?
marshalling a rally
Taking the kids to a club
Only idiots and shitters post breakfast pictures on social media.
Oh yes, that's it,
I'm about to collect shite from the opposite end of the country.
(Tea and breakfast are mot made yet)
It’s been a while but the familiar ache/burn got too much and I gave in again. For context I was bidding on a certain vehicle on eBay in early August, missed out on winning it by a fiver or something and called it a draw. As we all know this feeling of nonchalance manifests itself in a desire to do better next time. I put it down to be being the wrong time for such things, seeing as though child number 3 was due to be born in about 60 days’ time. With that in mind, and the feeling of freedom of the first day free from work and/or childcare since March I put my pushbike on the train, rode it a few stops and got out at Leeds urban bike park, where I was having a lovely time until I decided to have one more go at a set of jumps. The ground came out of nowhere and twatted me goodstyle in various places, mainly my left (dominant) arm which broke either side of the elbow.
None of this matters a great deal but today finds me able to drive again and having won a subsequent eBay auction for a similar vehicle. The first part of the journey is on foot, in to the depths of Ravensthorpe no less
Cross European Collection Mission of Excitement and questionable Decisions #2 - Collection CompletedBy Schaefft
Oh yes you bet its that time again!
How can you make your car purchases that little more exciting and questionable? By buying it sight unseen in another country during a pandemic of course!
You might remember my previous European collection mission, which technically never happened since I still haven't collected the car. Its currently at the house of a friend of the seller. It was originally supposed to be fixed up and ready by the beginning of May, Due to this whole pandemic thing and the fact that I couldn't actually leave the UK (and people on the other side also having had to worry about other things) the car wasn't ready though. It still isn't, but I have the promise (and address) of the seller that it will be done, and I should have the chance to see it again when I visit my parents. I might even throw my fuel pump in and hopefully make it run again.
I will be there Monday. However, this is not the car this thread is about! There has been another purchase which needed a little more preparation in advance!
Once again it all started with a search alert on one of the large German used car websites. The car was offered for a suspiciously low price after having been listed for about a grand more about a week before. Further investigation revealed that it was owned by a member of a facebook community I am also member of (somehow the seller must have remembered my comments on his post from absolute ages ago). We quickly got into a discussion, trust was built and a price negotiated. At this point it was clear that the seller just wanted to get rid of it, offering me the car, plus a significant amount of brand new spares, for a rediculously low sum.
Now the reason the seller wanted to get rid of the car was an interesting one. Shortly after purchase (and posting in our FB group) an Audi driver apparently turned around in the middle of the road and just bumped into his car. While the damage wasn't too bad, the rarity of the car (and the fact that it was never sold in Europe) made the whole insurance claim spiel an absolute pita. Long story short, the Audi driver's insurance didnt want to pay the sum needed to fix the car properly (no surprise considering everything would need to be bought and shipped over from the States), he got irritated of the whole story and just wanted to get rid of the car.
I contacted a friend of mine (who I wanted to purchase the car so I wouldnt have to), inquired if he could ask his mechanic to collect it, which he could on super short notice, and off he went.
The car was delivered for a reasonable price, and with his mechanic offering very fair rates, everything TUV relevant was repaired (using the free spares) and the car inspected before I even saw it in person. I will collect my temporary 5-day plates on Monday and hopefully drive it back on my 5 hour trip to my parents without too much trouble.
Maybe, if everything actually goes smoothly. Which it totally will during a pandemic in a 22 year old car. I guess you'll find out!
Hint's (and picture of main visual damage) below!
By Cord Forteener aka Tim_E
It is car shopping eve.
I've done the important research, namely look at past live collection capers.
And found a suitable car (here's hoping I do/don't win the Gallant steed roffle)
I have a lift in a shittier car than one to be viewed sorted, a rendezvous with the seller (not autoshite member I don't think)
Buy criteria: If it's not a total shitbox and if I think it will get me to where I need to be for the next week or so while my BMW is being fettled with then it will be a buy.
Live collection caper criteria as laid out by @Jim Bell on a previous collection caper:
"Collection thread tick list.
Petrol station pic
(And for bonus points)
Pic of a dog
A pic of a car worse than the one you're collecting. "
I also believe a poo count is normally required. Does that requirement also include photo of results?
I will be travelling with a dog more than likely in a shit car. Not sure what a woolard is to take a pic though.
This thread will have the added live excitement that if when I get there and the guy is trying to sell me a nail I have to reject it and start again!
This is my first buy since being on this forum so if I go off piste feel free to shit-post. Anyway it's nearly 11 at night car-shopping-eve so I am going to get some shut-eye (as much as one can with a 10-month-old who hates sleeping) so if my cunning plan to sleep is interloped upon by said plentyn (thats wain in Scotts, bairn in North Eastern and child-faced daemon in Englandshire-ish) I'll here reading posts no doubt. See you all in a minute then.