25 April 2019 at 1:43 pm #166754
Hi, I’m hoping anyone could help me today, I’ve only ever purchased one car and that had existing finance and was a complete disaster.
So, I’ve found a 2011 Vauxhall Zafira Excite Exoflex 1.7 CDTi diesel at a decent price, from a salvage company, it has no MOT as yet but I’ve paid £50 for this to be done before I purchase. I have purchased the HPI check and all is well apart from the recall outstanding (which can be done for free at any Vauxhall garage?) I have the previous MOT information and things like brushes have been changed, and tyre tread.
I’ve also been able to get the full service history from the lease company the salvage yard bought it from, this shows the last entry as “investigate power steering fault and traced to pump – repair not authorised to be scrapped” Is this an easy cheapish fix or should I continue looking?
Thank you in advance for any advice.
2 May 2019 at 8:45 am #167105
Hi Kerry. Buying a scrapped car from a salvage yard is always going to be fraught with risk.
The leasing company or previous owner has decided that the cost of repairing the power steering fault would be too expensive given the value of the car – or that there are other problems with the car as well as the power steering pump.
A quick look at Auto Trader suggests that a 2011 Vauxhall Zafira would cost you about £3,000, so it’s probably not a simple or cheap fix.