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Chris M Wanted a V-10

MoT time, place your bets on the low mileage Volvo.....

Drove home yesterday in mum and dad's old Volvo V70D5 auto as I've got the job of getting it serviced and MoT'd before we attempt to get mum to look for something newer and smaller to drive around town.
Very difficult to see my way ahead in the rain due to a horrible smearing of the screen in the downpour that appeared to start yesterday mid-afternoon and ended around mid-day today (some flooding of local roads as a consequence) so I was forced to use some glass cleaner in the rain before driving it home last night.

It was attacked by 5 or 6 non-English speaking gents at the local petrol station this afternoon and apart from the bodywork damage has come up pretty well - almost like new, in fact.  What they call a mini-valet included wash and wax, the alloys appear to have come up very well considering the sorry state they were in beforehand, the interior was washed, glass cleaned inside and out, floor mats hoovered and washed, interior hoovered etc etc.  I don't think it's been washed at all for over a year (there was greenery growing out of the seals on all the door windows and both roof rail channels) or polished for 4 or 5 years.  Slight dulling of the headlight plastics has responded very well to my treatment with T-Cut, tyre black and interior shampoo !

However the discs, especially the rears, look and feel scored and pitted mainly through lack of use - 12 years old and just a whisker under 25k miles, and I recon it's done less than 1k in the past year.

Trade value is dismally low at around £2k max    but with a "git plate" to transfer a private sale could get interesting even if we pitch it at £2.5k

Fingers crossed for tomorrow; it may need new wiper blades but I hope no other "extras".
Bryan M

Hopefully it will go through ok, are you going to give it a good run to clear out the cobwebs?
Chris M Wanted a V-10

The "good run" was about 20 miles and it's now got about half a tank of fresh fuel in it. Just checked on line and it's done about 700 miles in the past year. About to set off for the garage.....
PhilD

That's a lot of car for £2k. I remember helping my folks look for a Volvo estate back in the early 90s and they held their value like nothing else, mostly because there wasn't many of them and they all seemed to stay in the dealer network.

Could this not perform the big practical vehicle duties for you Chris?
Bob Sacamano

If you're looking to move dead bodies, shovels, lime etc. inconspicuously you can't beat a big Volvo.
Frank Bullitt

PhilD wrote:
Could this not perform the big practical vehicle duties for you Chris?


Agreed - keep the Volvo for those duties then something smaller as an everyday fun car - with the Captur you could actually get something befitting the description!
Roadsterstu

Fingers crossed.

As I am moving house at the moment I have really missed the sheer size of a V70. The V50 is really not that roomy.
Michael

Roadsterstu wrote:
Fingers crossed.

As I am moving house at the moment I have really missed the sheer size of a V70. The V50 is really not that roomy.


Neither really is the V70, they're very shallow in the body. so the boot lacks height.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Well, it passed with no further work required. Even my tricks to revive the wiper blades must have worked !
Advisory on front disc scoring and pad wear, and one of the technicians at the garage is interested in it, even at £2500 with a nasty gouge to the front nearside wing that happened by a hit-and-run driver in mum's local Sainsburys car park about 2 years ago.

Well pleased; after the valet I treated it to, it's going to be very sad to wave it goodbye but it's just too big, too thirsty and too expensive to tax. †The search for its replacement resumes in a few days, and interestingly for what mum wants, the technician who would like to buy it shares my opionion of the first choice on the current short-list: Skoda Yeti. †Local dealer even has a used one of correct spec at the moment (1.2TSi DSG auto) which should be made ready for us to try out on Thursday - if mum can find her driving licence !
Roadsterstu

It was length and width I needed, rather than depth. I just missed the bigger load area as my V70 really could move some clobber. You soon hit the limits of capacity with the V50.
Big Blue

Nice one Chris. I reckon it should fetch WAAAY more than £2.5k with that low mileage and new MoT. Is there no way a DrDent can cover the damage? 70-80k milers are at £4K on AT.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

The damage is too much for a dent-puller. It needs a new wing or a very, very good panel-beater (will try to take some photos tomorrow).  Trade price to buy is around 2 grand apparently, even with low mileage due to its age so we'll see what dealers are prepared to offer once mum starts test driving potential replacements. I suspect that she would prefer to trade in rather than sell privately for more money but we'll have to wait and see.

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