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.
stan: I will be selling my Bug, I had it for about 4-5 years and getting a wee bit to old to crawl underneath.
May 10, 2020 15:41:48 GMT
Eartthing: Hello anybody, still no reply about cable earthing explanation. I would be happy with at least I don't know as I'm seeing tumble weeds on this forum.
May 16, 2020 15:49:33 GMT
Eartthing: please help !
May 16, 2020 15:49:55 GMT
karl: If you don't get a reply, post on the main forum
May 16, 2020 19:22:21 GMT
Stiffy: Your better of posting a question on the forum. One earth goes to the chassis from the battery negative. Then anther goes fro the wiring loom onto a bolt ontop of the gearbox cover. :-)
May 17, 2020 19:30:59 GMT
stan: Karl,Stiffy, thanks very much, I'm new to this site and I though that t I was on forum.
May 18, 2020 5:55:16 GMT
stan: I'm not sure if using this system right can any one advise pleas. Dope bugger
May 20, 2020 18:45:50 GMT
stan: did you get details .
May 23, 2020 9:44:42 GMT
alpine6969: Looking for bushes for rear trailing arms pushed the rubber bush out but looks lo
May 25, 2020 19:43:50 GMT
alpine6969: Looking for bushes for rear trailing arms pushed the rubber bushes out but looks like a metal sleeve in there, does this need to come out ? Not sure what the dimensions are looks like 24 mm with sleeve in and maybe 26 ish without
May 25, 2020 19:48:04 GMT
jonnymonno: Thanks Vannin. The second one was just what i was looking for. Watch this space. I can build uo my Bug which I’ve owned since 78’ now
Jun 2, 2020 5:52:00 GMT
burlmeister: Hi, first time oaths forum, so I may be posting this in the wrong place. I have owned my bu for 32 years and it's been garaged for the last 20. Now trying to resurrect it. Two queries, does anyone produce a rtepl
Jun 27, 2020 15:07:37 GMT
burlmeister: Sorry, tocontine, I',
Jun 27, 2020 15:08:07 GMT
burlmeister: m looking for a replacement petrol tank. Does anyone produce them? Secondly, I need to replace the tyres. There is a sign in the car and in the handbook, only cross ply tyres to be fitted. No idea why this should be. Are cross ply tyres still available?
Jun 27, 2020 15:10:30 GMT
ady: For the petrol tank try looking up triggergas on ebay, he might be able to make you one. You can fit radial tyres, most people do. There is plenty of choice of tyre for it as they are the same size as a Mini. You can still get crossplys if you want
Jun 29, 2020 15:39:00 GMT
barracuda: Anybody out there got an original bug steering wheel for sale, any condition, even one needing restoration, thanks people
Jun 30, 2020 18:48:24 GMT