Tales from beyond the grave AKA Dan & Emma's Black Xantia, pug 206HDi, Daniel's 206 Verve 1.4i, GTi180 plus XUD9TE 206!!

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Indeed it is, or would be... I know one should never turn down a free car but I have no clue where we'd put it as yet! :?
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I wouldn't have been able to say no, and I have a lack of room just now. 7 vehicles owned by 2 guys in 1 house just now although 2 are not here just now. Vehicles, not the guys I must add [emoji23]

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Take it and scrap it I think. £60-70 for nothing is a good deal. A Picasso doesn't really need saving in my opinon.
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I had no clue scrap cars would fetch that much still, my problem though is I'd feel awful if I didn't at least try and get it running first... I suppose maybe £150 for a low miles runner with no MoT in need of tyres and brakes though?
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eBay might produce a financially viable result but take into account sellers fees first - they are pretty severe in my opinion...
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Sellers fees and how much dealing with idiots is worth are both pretty offputting TBH. If it was Diesel &/or automatic it's something the better half would have at least considered with a view to keep, but being a petrol model and in a higher tax band means the 206 wins even if it costs a bit more to insure. Speaking of the 206, I have to replace the rear shocks sooner than later for MoT time. Hoping the rear arm bearings will still be OK from looking at the wheel angle, but it's getting close to the time I make a start on the rear beam refurb. whether it passes or not.

Still unsure whether I can convince her that it's a good plan to bring it back anyway, but I do have a fair bit to be getting on with on the cars we have so maybe I shall leave the Pic for now and see if it's still sat around when some of the current crop of jobs are done.
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ekjdm14 wrote:
15 Jun 2017, 10:42
Sellers fees and how much dealing with idiots is worth are both pretty offputting TBH.


Yes, having to deal with all the idiots is the big issue... It's getting on for being intolerable and really sours the whole experience...
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For that and other reasons I don't sell on ebay anymore and buy rarely.
I favour the car boot sale and plan to offload my surplus stuff there, any excess goes in the local small ads for 2 weeks then to the charity shop.
I probably make less money but my customers won't open refund cases saying I posted them a brick / dog turd / used sweet.
I think ebays a minefield now and ebay themselves seem to be in cahoots with buyers and power sellers to rip everyone else off.
Actually I saw in some tech news recently that ebay are struggling and it's thought to be due to their lack of will to police the scammers.
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Charity shop works for me, saves loads of hassle!

I'll buy stuff off the internet, but my usual rule, unless it's something *very* special, is that if Amazon don't sell it with Prime delivery, I don't want it or need it. I'd say 99% of the stuff I buy that isn't general food/groceries now comes from Amazon, with the exception of a few tools from Lidl or Aldi. I'm yet to find an item I can't get cheaper on Amazon than in a shop.
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Yes, Amazon and charity shops get my vote too :)

eBay I only use now for specialist vintage wireless components and in general it's OK for that... Enthusiasts selling to enthusiasts... I mean, who else buys, say 50 year old valves and transistors and who in their right mind would try to create scams around them?

More mainstream stuff is often, in my experience, of breathtakingly poor quality and dare I say it, rip-offs of a genuine article... I've bought stuff so rubbish it's good only for the bin...

I never bid in auctions and never sell now...

Yes, eBay need to up their policing game considerably...
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I also use amazon a fair bit for stuff not avaliable in town.
Charity shops are a habit for me, I love finding little surprises in them. Barometers is my usual.
EBay has been relegated to only for stuff I can't source elsewhere, it's also handy for gauging used prices of things.
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As it is so difficult for me to get in to bricks and mortar shops I make most of my purchases online, predominantly Amazon and eBay.
It is very rarely there is a problem, only 3 items in around 15 years on eBay, all resolved without a problem, and one recently on Amazon, again resolved painlessly.
I never sell anything though. Any unwanted items go to charity shops c/o one of the kids.
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I've found in general, as long as you go in with your eyes wide open, you can get a decent bargain still on ebay. I'd generally try to avoid buying new car parts though due to the amount of poor quality/fake crap on offer for not much less than a local factor's prices anyway but have found second hand genuine parts can be good & cheap oils/fluids for flushing purposes are worthwhile.
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For buyers it isn't so bad, sellers are the ones who get shafted.
For example if you buy 5ltr oil and you say you were sent 5ltr water in the oils packaging ebay will refund you at the sellers expense with no proof that it wasn't oil. The seller will still have to pay listing fees and final value fees in some cases but not all.
I was a long term seller which is why I avoid buying on ebay where I can, I'm a little bitter about it.
They aren't going to be forgiven until they sort things out.
I've literally lost many £100s to buyers taking advantage of what is essentially an honesty policy and it's no longer worth me bothering.
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Not updated much for a while as I've been researching stuff in other threads, but current state of affairs is I have one 206 rear beam in bits in the garage, awaiting bearings, maybe bushes & a lick of paint (tubes turned out OK on the "spare" beam). Also have one Bosch VE pump in more pieces than strictly necessary, wrapped in plastic bags in a box awaiting new seals to be fitted (just couldn't help myself but strip it a bit further just to see how it all works, shockingly simple really for such a clever bit of kit!)

Also have a niggling doubt in my head over 2nd gear slipping on Black, it's not got any worse since we've been on the road but I do feel I'm going to be rebuilding the HP18 sooner than I would have liked. Oh, and I need to get me some new plips since the rubber button has split on the ones we have & dirt is already making the lock/unlock button need a tap to work sometimes on Black. Contact cleaner has helped but I rather fancy having 2 fully working plips for each car so may look into that soon too.