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Hi Angela, your dealer sounds good, I was wondering who it is? my original question was about the pre-sale check, if they really actually did it or took any notice of it if they did so it sounds like yours do. 馃槉
Hi Didne,

I'm buying from Birchwood Skoda in Eastbourne.

Have been back in touch with the dealer today for you to clarify how the pre sale checks work and he said:

"The service, parts and labour are all at our cost as it is part of our standards to make sure you get the best most reliable car."

  • So following the pre sales checks, if it doesn't pass, then the car will be put through a service and fully road tested prior to collection to ensure it's up to standard.
Hope that helps.
 

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Our car is always garaged but I told the insurers it was stored off-road on the drive. This is just in case I ever leave the car out at night, for example when painting the garage floor, so if it's stolen then there is no 'wriggle room' for them.
 

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A growing problem around here seems to be catalytic converter theft, so a garage would be good in that instance.
You never said you had moved to central Liverpool Derek! :D:ROFLMAO::cry:

Difficult to cut off a diesel Yeti, as it is integrated with the DPF and tucked up hard to reach between the engine and the bulkhead. But on a design where the cat is under the floor, all it needs is a jack and some wide jawed bolt croppers.

At the price that can be had for 鈥渟crap鈥 cats for recovery of the precious metals they contain, I鈥檓 not altogether surprised. I guess cat theft has replaced spare wheel theft from French cars that had the spare slung beneath the boot floor in a wire cradle. I had two of those nicked when I lived in t鈥檚outh of England. Both from car parks, rather than home. So garaging the car would have made no difference.
 

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Hi Guys.
Sorry for prolonged absence. Been Sulking 鈽

Angela, thank you for getting in touch with your dealer for me reg the pre sales check That was very kind of you 馃槉. Also for clarifying the sector 75 thing - I hereby sit corrected.

Monkster thanks for your support too, that鈥檚 lovely to hear.

And thank you everybody else for your thoughts on garages. Robjon, you seem to be the only one garaging your yeti. Curious as to what size garage you have (size does count !)

When I last saw Keith, my lovely mechanic, he was half way thru replacing the catalytic converters on a fortwo Smart Car, one of three which had been targeted the previous night. One of the other little victims was in the small public car just opposite his workshop, looking v sorry for itself, with various other bits missing too 馃檨. Hence my fears. I suppose I鈥檝e been spoilt rotten. 鈥極ooh, it鈥檚 not often you see a car in a garage these days鈥 has been the response of just about every gas meter reader and electricity meter reader and every RAC man (not too many) who鈥檚 ever had cause to peer inside our garage. 1999 Nissan Micras fit. But theyre getting a bit thin on the ground. And they鈥檙e tricky for sleeping in the back of. What I鈥檓 beginning to realise is that I don鈥檛 think anything else does fit.

Colin, thank you for trying you reactivation out on my thread, I鈥檓 honoured, glad it worked for you 馃槉

Still thinking it all over. Glad you鈥檙e there

Luv n Stuff

Didne xxx
 

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Flintstone, what鈥檚 this 鈥橞ob鈥檚 Club鈥?
Marstons Brewery is right in my neck of the woods, in fact I could walk there.
I might have to if I don鈥檛 get a new car sorted out soon...
 

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Robjon, you seem to be the only one garaging your yeti. Curious as to what size garage you have...
Hi DidneYeti

With garage doors open, the width of entrance to my garage is 83"
The width of a Yeti including wingmirrors is 77"
i.e. 3" of clearance on either side

My garage opens up to 107" behind the garage doors. With Yeti inside the garage and with Yeti's door opened as far as the garage will allow, I have a minimum gap of around 20" to squeeze through in order to get into the driver's seat.

The problem is that the garage was built at a time when cars were significantly smaller (Think Austin A35, Morris Minor). Over the years, cars have become progressively larger and many newer cars will not fit into an average garage. As a measure of this, the latest incarnation of the "MINI" Clubman is actually three inches longer, and one inch wider, than a Yeti 馃槸

Hope this helps.
 

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Flintstone, what鈥檚 this 鈥橞ob鈥檚 Club鈥?
Bob鈥檚 Corner and Bob鈥檚 Club were named in honour of a former member 鈥淏ob Dog鈥, who was very good at spotting any accidental innuendo or double entendre in postings. Regularly commenting on them with a wry, witty little additional side comment. So by putting a light hearted smile on many a member鈥檚 faces. Perhaps the Frankie Howerd character of Yeti Owners? (If you remember the latter鈥檚 TV show called 鈥淯p Pompei鈥 you鈥檒l get the gist perfectly).

Bob鈥檚 Corner is a notional 鈥渘aughty step鈥, to where members who overstep the realms of decency or decorum in a public forum, can be temporarily banished for a variable period. There is a group of stools there, brought by members who have been sent from time to time. Then left for the use of other members who may need them during their sojourn. It can be a lonely place sometimes, at others quite busy. The only unbreakable rule is bring your own beers. Although sharing of those with long-term residents is always welcome.

Bob鈥檚 Club is a discussion thread created more recently, within the 鈥淚dle Chit Chat鈥 category, where members can swap stories, share jokes (risqu茅 or otherwise), sometimes of a politically incorrect nature, or generally get a little out of line, without fear of recrimination. Mostly it鈥檚 an Adults Only zone, but nothing illegal or too offensive. People who are not 鈥淏road Minded鈥 or are easily offended are advised to stay clear however. Benny Hill would be an honorary member if he was still with us.

The Hood or Snowgood should please correct me if I鈥檝e got that wrong at all. Or anyone please refine the definitions where required.
 

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If Bobdog were still here, he would probably have made something of your mention of stools. Come back Bob all is forgiven (well almost all :) ).
Well he would have gone through the motions.

As for banishing members to the (virtual) Bob's Corner I have found that most residents have volunteered!
 

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Well he would have gone through the motions.
The thought of that kind of stool being 鈥渇or the use of members visiting鈥 Bob鈥檚 Corner made me :D till I :cry:. Wonderfully flexible language, this English she is?
 

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I've just posted a quip in Bob's Club to indicate the level of humour to be expected ie fairly low.
 

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Hello Again All !

Well, I鈥檝e been thinking this all over.
The garage really makes a big difference to me and I鈥檝e finally come to the realisation that Absolutely Nothing is going to fit in it. At least not anything without seats practically on the floor which my 88 year old mum will never be able to get into let alone out of. My big hopes with the Yeti lay in it being narrow enough, but since it isn鈥檛 it puts me back at square one. Before discovering the Yeti I was looking at Citroen Berlingo. I鈥檓 so, so sorry, I realise I have probably just offended the vast majority of you. But since neither will fit in the garage, and the Berlingo has more space to hold a disabled scooter which I think my mum will probably need in the next couple of years, I think it will probably win. I do recognise that it鈥檚 probably the sensible choice. It鈥檚 just that I鈥檝e fallen for the Yeti big time, and not for the Berlingo. But I鈥檓 really trying to let my head rule here, not my heart.

Anyway, I鈥檓 looking at what鈥檚 available and have come across a number of Berlingos (sorry!) which are listed as showroom condition as either ex demo or pre registered with just the delivery mileage on them, frequently around 10 miles, occasionally around 100 miles, but with number plates indicating they are 6 months or a year old, maybe 18 months sometimes. Flintstone, I wonder where these models fit on your 鈥榖eware of low mileage鈥 spectrum? Are they to be avoided too? I鈥檓 sorry to bring the wrong car into this forum, but you seem to know what you are talking about. Anyone else out there have experience of ex demo or pre reg cars like this?
Thankyou all, and sorry to offend, Didne xxx
 

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All depends on how they鈥檝e been stored during the idle period. May well be fine (or as fine as Berlingo can be?). Only one way to find out for sure - try one. You鈥檒l not know till around 6-12 months after purchase if the items I would be wary of have been affected. Provided you still get a 3-year warranty you should be safe. Although warranties usually run from the date of first registration. That鈥檚 another reason pre-reg cars that have been stuck on a forecourt for a while get sold at a hefty discount. Which can make them very good value for the risk involved.

If the dealer selling the car / van now is the same one who pre-registered it (may not be?). Try to haggle for a warranty extension from the dealer, to give you, the real first purchaser, the same duration as the original manufacturer warranty. And if forthcoming, get that in writing, with start and end dates clearly stated. So when you need to claim on it, the people at the dealer then, who will likely / possibly not be the same people who are selling you the car now, have less get out of jail free potential. If the dealer is as keen to shift metal as it sounds, to get a car off their books, they should be prepared to give you the extended warranty thrown in. Make sure it still is same terms as original warranty though! Not a typical 鈥渆xtended warranty鈥 that excludes many of the expensive components covered in the original. As a buyer prepared to take a pre-reg stuck car off their hands, you have more bargaining power than you may realise at first?

Good luck with the Berlingo. I can understand your reasoning. Some owners seem to love them. Others say they live up to their manufacturer鈥檚 reputation for build quality, or lack of. The fact that there are so many pre-reg鈥檇 cars still unsold, may or may not be an indication of the market鈥檚 perception?
 

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Think of it perhaps, like the cars that British Leyland used to have in the 80s, parked up for 12-18 months on a disused airfield or two in Oxfordshire, until they could be sold at massive discounts. We all know what reputation those cars acquired. Yes - I had an Allaggro. :(

With that warranty I鈥檝e suggested though - perhaps worth the risk?

Haggle hard. They鈥檒l be desperate to move a lump of metal that has been stuck for 12-months. Even be prepared to walk away. Then go back near the end of the month when they are more desperate to meet their sales targets, and ask if they鈥檝e thought about improving what is included in their offer to you.

If a Yeti won鈥檛 fit your garage, a Berlingo definitely won鈥檛. Just think of all that new found space to store 鈥渟tuff鈥. Like mobility scooters? You鈥檒l likely find it fills up quicker than you expect?

Also remember that there鈥檒l still be Yetis around when you perhaps don鈥檛 need the Berlingo so much any more? Sad thought though that may be :( :cry:
 

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Years ago my wife and I had a look at a Daihatsu Terios it was a small 4x4 with a raised seating position. We didn't buy one because it was too narrow, our shoulders almost touched. All cars get bigger as they are updated but it might be worth having a look at one of those
 

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Didn鈥檛 Clarkson 鈥渢est鈥 a Terios? A red one. He painted a fox tail on the back, then went cross country in it. In a fake fox hunt? Till his Range Rover caught it and chewed it to bits? Or it got stuck in a field? One fate or the other?

Yes they were small and tall. Doubt you would get a mobility scooter in the back of one though?

Either way, very few of them around methinks? The
 

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Some friends had a Terios and quite quickly changed it for a Panda 4x4. There was more room in the Panda!
 

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Hi DidneYeti... I can understand your disappointment at the garage being too small for a Yeti, and I agree that if the Yeti won't fit there's no way a Berlingo will! If your next car DOES have to live outdoors then it could still be a Yeti, but if practical considerations such as mobility scooters are a consideration then a Berlingo, being slightly larger, may fit the bill - as would the Peugeot equivalent. Many of these have been converted very well for those with mobility problems.
As you might expect, you won't find too many Berlingo lovers on here, but I'm one, and have had many years of reliable service from it. Like any car you can get good 'uns and bad 'uns. Choose carefully and you shouldn't be disappointed. I'm not au fait with recent engine options on the Berlingo (ours is a 2006 car) but petrol models are few and far between.
Good luck with your search!
 

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My wifes Citigo was nearly 6 months old when we bought it with 25 miles on the clock. An absolute bargain compared to the cost of an unregistered version, and appears and drives as a brand new car. The real risk is the one year old car with perhaps 500 miles on it which has been to the supermarket or perhap just to church on a sunday!
 
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