Hi Chris first of Let me welcome you to The Bug Club your membership will be in the post shortly . you are after a Bond Bug be careful as like with any other vehicle you would purchase, Bugs do come up for sale by many methods ie social media .. ebay ... and many other ways.. ok are you prepared to travel have you a budget and as karl says are you after a project or a restored bug.. so from here lets see what crops up anyway we wish you all the best on the search for bug and if the homework is done you could be a happy chappy ..Please Note when a Bug doz come up for you have to move quick
when looking at a prospective car purchase, the VERY FIRST thing I do is go to the DVLA MoT history check web page, here: www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/
If a car has a personal plate that is likely to be retained by the seller, then I contact the seller and ask what the plate will revert to - though often you will find the personal plate listed on the DVLA site if the seller hasn't got around to changing it yet.
The MoT history is free and a definitive history of the vehicle which you can rely on. If the seller won't reveal the original plate, then you can't get this info and for me that is an INSTANT walk-away.
Another trick is dealers often put their own trade mark dummy plate on the car, so check carefully through all the photos, as often there's some shot of the boot or the wing where they forgot to mask up the plate, so you can see what the registration is.
If you do this for the green Bug mentioned above, ATN 985J, you'll find some useful information. For example, between July 2008 and May 2010, the mileage went DOWN by over 5000 miles. So what was that all about - new engine? New speedo? Something dodgy going on?
There's also other useful stuff - for example, this car repeatedly fails MoTs because the screen washer is too weak. So the buyer will need to budget to sort that out. But the main useful info on this car is that it has been on the road and used fairly regularly for the past 11 years, with a couple of thousand miles each year, the odd year off the road in between times, and no major fail issues at any time. In other words, a fairly typical usage pattern for a Bug that's had a regular amount of attention for a long time.
That says to me it's probably a fairly safe bet straight away. Regular MoT checks, no major problems, hasn't been stood in a barn for 20 years, hasn't been chopped, hasn't been driven ridiculous miles between getting attention etc. All that just from the MoT history. Next best bet if you can't get to see the car yourself is, is there anyone closer who could have a look at it for you?
Finally do you take a punt on it without seeing it in the flesh? Well you'd have the eBay buyer protection provided you stick strictly to the eBay process and don't try to cut corners. You can get the car shipped using Shiply or similar carriers, again make sure you choose one who has adequate insurance cover for any accidents en route. And lastly, budget for work needed when the car arrives, that you will have to get done either yourself or a local garage. What will your local garage charge to check the car over for you ? If you don't know, go and ask them (1 hour labour plus VAT).
This vehicle will be at least 45 years old, so there's certain to be something wrong with it, and even if you saw the car in the flesh there'll be flaws you don't spot. You'll kick yourself and ask "how could I possibly not have seen that???" Well let me tell you, when you buy a Jag and don't spot a dent in the bonnet until after you get it home, you realise that it is SO easy to not see what later seems to be blindingly obvious. But don't let this put you off, we've all been there.
I know of loads of cases where folks have bought off eBay or other sites sight unseen, and been very pleased with their car. But do be pragmatic, and do be prepared for it to need further work when it arrives. Buying site unseen can be a useful bargaining tool too - offer say 15% below the asking price, sight unseen. The seller avoids any awkward questions from a punter prodding around his car. And you get 15% of the budget allocated for the remedial work that will be inevitable.
PS I haven't mentioned getting an independent check such as AA or RAC on the car before buying - personally I wouldn't bother. I've had some, and watched them, and I don't consider them good value especially for a very specialised car like the Bug. Save your money to get your local mechanic to get the car up on the lift and have a good root around underneath instead.
Thanks Paul I have seen that one but it is a very long way from me.
don't dismiss a Bug just because it seems a long way from you. we're talking mainland uk here, it's not that big. always worth travelling that bit further for the right Bug, even if that means an extra day travelling, better that than a localish car and you have to spend 6 months under the thing sorting it out. just make sure you have breakdown cover, get the train up and drive the thing back and embrace the challenge, at the end of it you will either love or hate the thing afterwards but one thing is for sure, you'll have a great tale to tell John for the club magazine.
mybug: Anyone know the whereabouts of PTO 365M? It was mine back in the early 80s and some pix have surfaced here (apparently from ebay around 5 years ago) so is it still around?
Jan 14, 2019 13:58:31 GMT
karl: Andrea, just seen your post. if you're still looking try putting it in the for sale wants thread.
Jan 14, 2019 19:58:09 GMT
mybug: Searched and spooled through every image/video/old ad I can find on the internet, I'm thinking that PTO 365M is not around any more. May be resting in a shed, but given the small and tight-knit Bug community, I'd have thought that someone would know it.
Jan 16, 2019 14:19:51 GMT
Biggles: I think David and Jim Williams are doing the Hinges ....
Jan 27, 2019 9:41:59 GMT
Dave Powell: David did me some great hinges.
Feb 11, 2019 21:52:09 GMT
mikebentley: how does this shout box work?
Feb 16, 2019 13:40:51 GMT
nigel1962: Hi mark ,did you get my reply
Feb 18, 2019 20:44:05 GMT
crabo: Does anyone have the registration plate numbers or the chassis numbers for the Rothmans Bugs (six of). I friend of mine has just purchased a white Bug (700E) in need of restoration, reg URC 42L, chassis no BR62313, eng no 9816.
Mar 27, 2019 19:41:42 GMT
jefferdp: All, does anyone know the size of the headlights on the bug, Some say there 7/6" but that seems a little large to me. Also where can you get replacments now?
Apr 4, 2019 16:54:48 GMT
fmb4: My Bug has nothing but a hole where the canopy latch should be. Any help in finding one would be greatly appreciated!
Apr 9, 2019 14:55:30 GMT
Biggles: fmb4 One on ebay now
Apr 13, 2019 9:16:03 GMT
heartnut: Quick question: If I fit a Lucas 15/16/18 alternator, is it true that it will heed fibreglass work to fit it as the body is bigger than the original generator?
Apr 26, 2019 19:14:47 GMT
rolydog2001: I have fitted a Dynamator to get around this, looks original and gives the same output.
Apr 27, 2019 19:25:09 GMT
heartnut: Thanks for that - good tip!
May 2, 2019 20:21:08 GMT
tpg: can you please help? my son is nearing the end of a 4 year restoration of his mini cooper car and we are trying to locate 2 of the above wheels to make up a set. Would you know any of your colleagues who may know anybody who would sell us 2 alloys. Any inf
May 12, 2019 13:59:52 GMT
tpg: Sorry the wheels are Dunlop D1 LP922 X 10inch. thanks
May 12, 2019 14:01:25 GMT
tpg: Hi dose anybody have 2 DUNLOP D1 LP922 ALLOYS for sale? URGENTLY required
May 25, 2019 9:53:39 GMT
fmb4: I am in desperate need of a latching assembly for my canopy. I am restoring, and have only a hole where it would have been. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Maybe some one could send me detailed photos of same so I could perhaps have one made
Jun 10, 2019 21:52:08 GMT
rolydog2001: I'm about to fit mine soon, if you can drop me a PM via the forum with your email (or whats app better) I can send you some pics.
Jun 15, 2019 19:06:17 GMT