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Hello guys, new to the forum and want to scratch the evo itch after owning many old jap cars, rx7, r32, s15, s14, ps13, ek9.

I have always seen modified cars for sale by dealers and always avoided as there a lot of horror story's and I wouldn't particularly like to by a modified car from someone who doesn't know much about it or the history.

But when looking for evo's the majority seem to be traders. That makes me very weary what are people's experiences with these evo traders?


I'm after a good spec 5,6 or 8 but I'm struggling to find one for sensible money.
 

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Hi Chris! Welcome, you've come to the right place for advise and knowledge.

I used to have an FD3S RX7 for 3 years running 420 bhp, single turbo. I loved it, spent a lot of cash on it, but eventually had to sell. Tbh, I prefer my EVO V to the FD, you won't regret making the change I guarantee.

You've also made a good choice to buy modified, because you obviously know that you will end up modifying it anyway so why not save yourself the cash? :)

Check with dealers on here, there are approved traders like Auto Torque and Indigo-GT among others, where are you based? There are also some nice cars for sale privately on here, and you can always ask the forum if we know of the car's history, in fact I strongly urge you to do that if you find a car you like BEFORE you buy it.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome.

I might know you if you owned an rx7, I worked at WGT auto developments for 3 years, I'm now in the military based in Norfolk currently, but live in Cheshire.


I agree with the bedroom trader comment, the number 1 reason I want to avoid traders. I viewed a s14 from a dealer and it was the single worse car buying experience Iv had. Proper cowboy outfit who lied about the car having a forged engine etc.

The majority seem to be people out for a quick buck.


I'd much rather buy the car from a private enthusiast, hence me signing up on here.

Ideally I'd like to come to a deal with my Merc but I might just trade that in, and then get an evo I want for cash.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome.

I might know you if you owned an rx7, I worked at WGT auto developments for 3 years, I'm now in the military based in Norfolk currently, but live in Cheshire.

I agree with the bedroom trader comment, the number 1 reason I want to avoid traders. I viewed a s14 from a dealer and it was the single worse car buying experience Iv had. Proper cowboy outfit who lied about the car having a forged engine etc.

The majority seem to be people out for a quick buck.

I'd much rather buy the car from a private enthusiast, hence me signing up on here.

Ideally I'd like to come to a deal with my Merc but I might just trade that in, and then get an evo I want for cash.
There are still good traders out there, with honesty, pride and the means to back up the warranty they have to offer

Problem is there are so many bedroom traders asking dealer prices but offering no more protection than a private sale

Who ever you buy off, buyer beware :smthumbup

Post up a wanted on here for what you want when you are ready, keep it all publicly visible, if there is anything dodgy members here will often sniff it out :lol:

Stu
 

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Ah so you worked with Pip?

I'm down South, RE Worx did a fair bit for me, also Hayward did the single turbo conversion, and then later Era the Oldone did a rebuild for me.

Love the FD's, classic cars in their own right. But they take some driving, for my driving ability I find the EVO a more sure footed car to drive if that makes sense, also it's just mental :)
 

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avoid any car dealers in bradford, specificlly motorhub and your already heading the right way. i think the best bet in buying a modified car is off specialist's sites such as this one. its not garunteed that everything for sale is going to be as it seems or what your looking for but its a good place to start. good luck
 

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Yeh a general rule of thumb is avoid yorkshire and Birmingham. Motorhub/ keighleigh have a terrible rep.

And yeh pal, I used to work with pip and Dave, I know era and old one to.

Hopefully I can find someone on here with a nice 5,6,8 that wants a posh daily. I walk to work now so I have no need for a diesel.

You all seem like a friendly bunch which is good. I'm no stranger to forums, and I know some have jobbies on it.
 

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Your two options for buying an evo are

Dealer

  • Will be overpriced
  • Won't be the model it is advertised at
  • Will be listed as good condition visually but when you go to see it it'll be poor
  • Will be listed as good condition mechanically but will probably give you a range of problems within the first month
  • You can get your money back when you find out it's a lemon

Private seller on the MLR

  • Will be vastly overpriced
  • Will be listed as "OMG SUPER RARE!!1 1 OF ONLY 16 MADE" despite it being a black FQ300
  • Will be listed as mint condition visually but when you go to see it it'll be poor
  • Will be listed as perfect condition mechanically but will probably give you a range of problems within the first month
  • Will be a CAT C or CAT D write-off but not mentioned (a private seller doesn't need to tell you this)
  • You can't get your money back when you find out it's a lemon
 

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Aidy is harsh/blunt, but does come up with some keyboard wisdom.

He's loves lemons though hence his choice of car colour :crackup:
 
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Do not assume that buying a car off a member on here or off an enthusiast doesn't mean you'll end up with a lemon. There's turds on here rolled in glitter... FACT


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Your two options for buying an evo are

Dealer

  • Will be overpriced
  • Won't be the model it is advertised at
  • Will be listed as good condition visually but when you go to see it it'll be poor
  • Will be listed as good condition mechanically but will probably give you a range of problems within the first month
  • You can get your money back when you find out it's a lemon

Private seller on the MLR

  • Will be vastly overpriced
  • Will be listed as "OMG SUPER RARE!!1 1 OF ONLY 16 MADE" despite it being a black FQ300
  • Will be listed as mint condition visually but when you go to see it it'll be poor
  • Will be listed as perfect condition mechanically but will probably give you a range of problems within the first month
  • Will be a CAT C or CAT D write-off but not mentioned (a private seller doesn't need to tell you this)
  • You can't get your money back when you find out it's a lemon
Cynical and probably reflects your own experience of dealers, rather than the truth.

Bought mine through JKS and have had zero reason to regret.

A lemon is a lemon regardless of where you bought it.
 

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Cynical and probably reflects your own experience of dealers, rather than the truth.

Bought mine through JKS and have had zero reason to regret.

A lemon is a lemon regardless of where you bought it.
This.

I bought my X from a dealer and was a great buy. I then sold it to someone on the forum and they are very happy, because I am a genuine seller and sold him a great car :)

I then bought my V from a member on here and fingers crossed it's a pukka car :)
 

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Cynical and probably reflects your own experience of dealers, rather than the truth.

Bought mine through JKS and have had zero reason to regret.

A lemon is a lemon regardless of where you bought it.
There are exceptions that prove the rule. Of course there are a lot of disreputable dealers and individuals selling cars, but by no means is the strike rate 100%.

Buy the person, not the car.

Yours Aye

Mark H
 

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Thanks for the Info guys, I wonder why so many cars for sale at the moment are from dealers. There's far more than private sales.
 

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Thanks for the Info guys, I wonder why so many cars for sale at the moment are from dealers. There's far more than private sales.
It's a possible indication that prices have at the very least bottomed out and are possibly beginning to appreciate. That's why I think dealers are getting in on the private sales quickly in order to feed the market.

Cheerz

Mark H
 
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