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    PROFNEXUS
        • Topics: 6
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        • BIC Junior Member
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        Member since: 27th November 2007

        8-) As a ‘newie’ to the forum let me say a big hello to all in Crete and hopefully we will meet a few of you in due course. May I apolagise in advance if I do not observe correct procedures. I will get it right, eventually.
        Having spent 4 weeks in Crete recently my wife and I agreed to purchase a villa and the completion is due next week. Everything has gone pretty smoothly and all praise to the Cretan lawyer and estate agent who have gone way beyond the normal course of business to assist us.

        So far so good but I am confused over buying a car. I will have to purchase one on our next visit, but where to go? Second hand, not new and Chania being our local center, i assume is the place to visit.

        We understand the high prices but can anyone assist with the following?
        1 What sort of warranty can I expect on a second hand motor?
        2 What sort of paperwork do I need to see? Tax,mot etc.
        3 Is it normal to receive details of the cars service history, accident damage? (Having seen some of the dents on many of the cars maybe thats asking too much)
        4 I believe that the general sales are in February. Does this apply to car sales?
        5 Does anyone know of a dealership that has offered them good service and fair prices?
        6 Haggling is common in England but I have been told not so much in Crete. However is it the norm to ask for a discount or to ask for an extra (full tank of fuel, new mats) or is this all frowned upon.
        7 Is the vehicle tax paid for one year and should this come with the car? Is it an extra and does the buyer pay.
        8 Finally are there any other pointers, do’s and don’ts that I need to know.

        I thank you for your patience in reading the long missive but as my dad always said,
        ‘Son if you don’t ask questions you will never learn.’

        Best Wishes to one and all.Profnexus

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        #17130
        limnes
            • Topics: 82
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            • Practcally Cretan
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            Member since: 12th November 2005

            Welcome to the Forum, Profnexus.

            As you are at the opposite end of the island to us, I will refrain from answering this one if you don’t mind as I am not familiar with the dealers down there. However, I’m sure some of the "WestEnders" will dive in to assist you. ;D

            There’s a search facility at the top of each page which will bring up earlier postings on this subject and it’s always worth checking out the main website via the link below the main logo. Glad to hear that everything appears to be going smoothly. ::)

            Regards,

            #17376
            PROFNEXUS
                • Topics: 6
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                • Total: 20
                • BIC Junior Member
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                Member since: 27th November 2007

                Many thanks for your response. I await some assistance from the ‘Westenders’. Maybe it’s me but I could not find previous threads.

                #17558
                jeansy
                    • Topics: 16
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                    • BIC Old Hand
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                    Member since: 19th February 2007

                    Hello prof and welcome to the Island,
                    as for buying a car not too much of a drama,

                    Blue card ( some folks say you do not need it but hey ho most folks do )
                    Tax number which you should have

                    Then it is a case of walking around the dealers and getting the best price and yes you can haggle bring down the price to what you want to pay and come to the old happy medium.
                    Most dealers will offer a guarantee but it is the same as the uk sort of works !!
                    If you can afford it buy new , that seems to be the best way of getting a good deal.
                    Cheaper way is to talk to the car hire companies as they change motors regularly

                    good luck and take your time !!!!

                    #17685
                    Topdriller
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                        • Practcally Cretan
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                        Member since: 3rd March 2007

                        1 What sort of warranty can I expect on a second hand motor?

                        Depends on what you negotiate when you buy the car. Most second had dealers do not have servicing facilities i.e. they farm this out to some of the bigger franchises.

                        2 What sort of paperwork do I need to see? Tax,mot etc.

                        If less than 4 years old no MOT. The tax runs from January to Dec i.e. buy the car in December and you will still need to buy the annual car tax for your car in January.

                        3 Is it normal to receive details of the cars service history, accident damage? (Having seen some of the dents on many of the cars maybe thats asking too much)

                        Depends on the dealer and the car i.e. buy a BMW from the franchised dealer and you should get a full service history with the car. Buy the same car from a non franchise dealer and you may still get it if the BMW has been serviced by the franchised dealer.

                        4 I believe that the general sales are in February. Does this apply to car sales?

                        It’s my experience that if buying a new car you can’t haggle like we would in the UK. Most big franchises have a monopoly i.e. one man may own the agency for Mercedes in Greece and therefore there is very little movement re price when it comes to haggle. You might get some carpets thrown in but don’t expect the 15% discounts we get back home.

                        5 Does anyone know of a dealership that has offered them good service and fair prices?

                        Depends on the type of vehicle you’re looking for. If an upmarket second and dealer in Chania then Charondakis is well known. Sells local and imported cars. Across the road he also sells cheaper cars and sometimes ex rentals.

                        6 Haggling is common in England but I have been told not so much in Crete. However is it the norm to ask for a discount or to ask for an extra (full tank of fuel, new mats) or is this all frowned upon.

                        Always ask for a discount and don’t be afraid to walk away. The second hand dealers are more apt to haggle than if buying a new car from a franchised showroom.

                        7 Is the vehicle tax paid for one year and should this come with the car? Is it an extra and does the buyer pay.

                        The buyer normally pays, or at least I did. You’ll also note that if buying second hand the plates will not always be on the car – don’t know why this is. It’s simple enough to get it registered and the dealer usually does this for you – but you obviously pay the costs.

                        8 Finally are there any other pointers, do’s and don’ts that I need to know.

                        New is simpler and if a small car will be the same or perhaps a little less than the same car in the UK, although the spec may not be as good.

                        Second hand depends on if looking for a car type rather than a specific make. They don’t have the range of cars we have in autotrader, e-Bay, local garages etc

                        #17781
                        Crete4me
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                            • Practcally Cretan
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                            Member since: 14th November 2005

                            Topdriller wrote:
                            If less than 4 years old no MOT.  The tax runs from January to Dec i.e. buy the car in December and you will still need to buy the annual car tax for your car in January.

                            Don’t forget that you must pay the tax for the coming year in December -1st Jan is too late . If you do leave it until Jan then you will have a fine equal to the years tax. If you have a 2 ltr car that would come to a total of 746E…..ouch!

                            #17855
                            Davethelocksmith
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                                • BIC Full Member
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                                Member since: 12th November 2005

                                PROFNEXUS wrote: 8-) As a ‘newie’ to the forum let me say a big hello to all in Crete and hopefully we will meet a few of you in due course. May I apolagise in advance if I do not observe correct procedures. I will get it right, eventually.
                                Having spent 4 weeks in Crete recently my wife and I agreed to purchase a villa and the completion is due next week. Everything has gone pretty smoothly and all praise to the Cretan lawyer and estate agent who have gone way beyond the normal course of business to assist us.

                                So far so good but I am confused over buying a car. I will have to purchase one on our next visit, but where to go? Second hand, not new and Chania being our local center, i assume  is the place to visit.

                                We understand the high prices but can anyone assist with the following?
                                1 What sort of warranty can I expect on a second hand motor?
                                2 What sort of paperwork do I need to see? Tax,mot etc.
                                3 Is it normal to receive details of the cars service history, accident damage? (Having seen some of the dents on many of the cars maybe thats asking too much)
                                4 I believe that the general sales are in February. Does this apply to car sales?
                                5 Does anyone know of a dealership that has offered them good service and fair prices?
                                6 Haggling is common in England but I have been told not so much in Crete. However is it the norm to ask for a discount or to ask for an extra (full tank of fuel, new mats) or is this all frowned upon.
                                7 Is the vehicle tax paid for one year and should this come with the car? Is it an extra and does the buyer pay.
                                8 Finally are there any other pointers, do’s and don’ts that I need to know.

                                I thank you for your patience in reading the long missive but as my dad always said,
                                ‘Son if you don’t ask questions you will never learn.’

                                Best Wishes to one and all.Profnexus

                                I would recommend purchasing a New car as I have done,
                                Highly recommend the Suzuki main dealer in chania Tel 2821 096026
                                there service is the Best  :)
                                And when I had an accident in April of this year :'( they helped me with all the paperwork required from the other party and the police . In fact they did all the work and all I had the do was collect the 3000e from the other parties insurance company in chania and pay it the garage for the repairs.
                                As they do not deal direct with each other

                                Dave.

                                #17911
                                PROFNEXUS
                                    • Topics: 6
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                                    • Total: 20
                                    • BIC Junior Member
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                                    Member since: 27th November 2007

                                    Hi guys, thanks for all your help. I was really confused; people do give you different opinions and as ‘newie’ I needed to sort the wheat from the chaff! I would like to buy new but unfortunately too pricey for me.The only question that I would like to ask is whether they have car sales in February like the normal sales or have I been confused on that as well?
                                    Thanks again for all the excellent suggestions.
                                    Best Wishes.Prof.

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