This was the first Megane I test drove as ideally I want a 275 but its not a deal breaker from me, 265 will be fine I dont think there is much difference, could be wrong.
It went on hold yesterday and is now showing as unavailable, so somebody must have bought it. https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/2016-renault-megane-r-s-275-cup-manual/OAG-AD-16880643/?utm_campaign=hold-alert&utm_source=notification-center&utm_medium=browser-push-notification&recommendation_id=bbc73827-c3a0-434c-a6c5-3b0ff74755ca
Let me outline based on this viewing (but also from others since) why I dont trust car dealers or even main car dealers which surprised me a lot as I had
thought that this wouldn't be the case. Of course this is a very blanket statement (there would be some very honest folk out there selling cars) but dealers have themselves to blame as it seems to be a common trend. Maybe im just very unlucky.
The car is advertised on Carsales as a 2016 275 RS Cup.
On the lot floor in the window it's stated it was as a 2015.
First eyebrow raising moment. How could such simple error be made!
I wouldn't be surprised if it is a 265 but I'm not sure how to check for sure?
I had a good look around the car.
It was piping hot on the day circa 40 degrees so I was perspiring hard and it probably wasn't the best day to be out in a lot looking at cars.
A staff member asked me if i needed any help and I told him im just having a look for now is it ok to check the interior also which he obliged.
Next eyebrow raising.
3 different types of tyres.
2 different types - ok, that's passable but 3 is a bit much imo.
All seemed to be cheap tyres, from memory Nankang was one and Dragon was the other or maybe it was a Nankang Dragon I really can't recall.
I asked the staff member any reason for this and he said something along the line of maybe they got a puncture.
Yes its plausible but still makes it look like a not very well looked after motor.
Maybe im being to anal but its my money.
The car exterior and interior was in very good condition bordering on immaculate.
I cant fault the paintwork or the interior. What I can fault on the exterior was the lines of the car.
On very close inspection (it was actually my brother who spotted this not me) you can see some misalignment
on the bonnet and front wings. The gap tolerance was different between the two sides. This coincided with another tell underneath the drivers side wheel arch
which makes me certain that this car was involved in an accident in the past of some sort. In response to a previous poster, yes most of these cars are not recorded as
being written off but a car can likely have a good whack without that being the case. Id rather have a clear history or at least be able to talk to the people involved/repairer
as to the extent of the damage.
I asked the staff member has the car ever been involved in an accident.
Not to the best of our knowledge, which I have heard again a couple days ago looking at another Megane.
A very easy term to spit which removes all liability and yet still not lying to the buyer.
So im not an expert but I can say with alot of certainty that the car has been, yet the experts are telling me not to the best of their knowledge.
I asked was it taken as a trade in and I was told no it was bought at auction.
Ding ding ding, eyebrows are so close to the sun they are getting synged.
Bought from Pickles auction in Victoria.
I expect this car was a former rental car as others have talked about some RS being former rental cars.
I asked is there service history with the car.
I checked the service booked.
All stamped by the same Melbourne outfit.
I cant remember exactly the name now, it was something like DRP motorsports.
Anyway I googled whatever the exact name was at the time and couldn't find anything at all about the place.
I brought the car for a drive and I have to say I didnt notice anything that rang alarms bells.
The drive wasn't very sufficient though, heavy traffic, dont think I broke the 100kph mark.
I bloody hate when you take a car for a test drive and the fuel light immediately comes on.
The staff member was nice but constantly trying to make small talk when im trying to drive a car I have never driven before, no bueno.
On the car windscreen it said $25k IIRC. I knew the price from Carsales was less than this. I asked is this the best price.
The staff member said let me check and walked inside as if to talk to his manger.
He comes back out and quotes the price that is quoted online.
I asked is that the best you can do and he said that probably the best we can do leaving the door open for some reduction if I was willing to put an offer down.
I had no intention but walked away thinking someone won't even look under the bonnet will just look at how shiny it is and they will sell it fast some stage.
Moral of the story ………………………. buyer beware.
Just to add all of the above doesn't necessarily mean its a bad car (if it ends up being someone on here), it just means it didnt fit my requirements.