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Should I Buy Or Is This A Bad Move? (Please Help)

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Hello all!

I am really hoping for some good advice before I decide whether or not I should make this purchase.

Basically my wife and I are in need of a bigger and newer car to replace our existing 2002 model Ford Focus.

We went to our local Ford dealer and told them what we were looking for.

We were told that they had just the thing in Scotland which was an ex mobility car (Ford Focus 58 plate 1.8 Petrol Climate, Vision blue) 26,000 Miles.

Priced for just over £8000.

We liked the sound of it and although we could not physically view the car in person as it was up country we were shown around a 1.6 version but was told it would be exactly the same visually.

However me and the wife went to the dealership today to see if it had arrived (we were told we would be phoned as soon as it came in) and to our surprise it was there.

Myself and the father inlaw took a look at the car and noticed that the paint in the position of the picture had totally flaked off down to the bare metal on both sides of the car in the same position.

We went in and stressed our concern and they said "don't worry everything will be sorted and we should have not viewed the car before it was cleaned and everything was sorted with it)

My concern is to whether they repaired it properly or if we take it and then a few months down the line it happens again.

It may come down to it being an ex mobility car that it has been knocked against by a wheel chair in and out of the car or something?

Please could you advise us with your opinions as we want ot make sure we make the right choice.


(This isn't our car just an example to show the area of damage)

Thanks alot in advance for any help!

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For a Zetec Climate it sounds a bit expensive, I have just bought a 58 plate 2008 Focus Titanium 1.8 petrol Estate with metallic paint and 13,800 miles on the clock, this was ex Motability and looked like new. (£8,200 for the top of the range Focus).

If there was any rust on the damaged bodywork steer clear as this may re-appear eventually through the new paintwork in the future.

There are plenty of other cars out there for sale, look else-ware, unless you can get a better deal on the Zetec.

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all fords have the same issue its a design flaw however they will re paint these areas and if you use this stuff

4 0f these and trim to fit in the places marked in white on both sides as in this picture almost every focus will have had these repairs done at some time most people will say no but since its done before you buy then most will never know. the 2 largest areas marked are where the paint goes to bare metal mudflaps are also needed and you could convince them to fit them before you buy

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Thanks for the responses fellas!

What would you say to this car here?

id say yes please to this one mate,

the stereo in it is worth over £1,000 and the tinted windows are an extra too, and they are 17'' Alloy wheels according to the spec it has a heated windscreen and 2 flip keys,

ive put it's reg in to ford etis and here is the info on it:

Primary Features

Build Date:17.03.2010

Vehicle Line:Focus 2008-

Body Style:5 Door Saloon

Version:Series 32

Engine:Duratec HE 1.8 PFI (125/130PS)

Transmission:5 Speed Manual Transaxle - B5/IB5


Emission: Stage IV Emissions

AirConditioning:Manual Conditioning


Paint: Vision

Interior Fabric: Tic Toc (A-C)

Less Underfloor Stowage No.2

  • Saarlouis Plant Built
  • Security Lock Group No.4
  • Less Special Equipment Package
  • With Convenience Group
  • Marketing Flex Prep Pack 60
  • Less SVO Application/Label
  • Colour SIP
  • Less Tyre Repair Service Kit
  • Less Global/Auto Closing
  • Power Front Windows One Touch Down
  • With Manual Rear Windows
  • With Privacy Glass
  • Less Windshield Heat Shielding
  • With Heated Windscreen
  • Less Console Ashtray
  • Less Temp Controlled Glove Box
  • With Mini Overhead Console
  • With Short Floor Console
  • Int Env Colour - Medium Dark Flint
  • Interior Feature Colour - Ebony
  • Less Front Floor mats
  • Less Sun Blinds
  • With Illuminated Sunvisor - Drivers
  • With Illuminated Sunvisor-Passenger
  • With Load Floor Carpet
  • Roof Storage-Driver Sunglasses
  • Less roof rack
  • With Rear Spoiler
  • With Dipping Rear View Mirror
  • Dual Power Htd Signal Mirrors
  • Less Special Front Seat Covers
  • Less Special Rear Seat Covers
  • With Rear Center Head Restraint
  • With Drivers Manual Lumbar Support
  • Less Passenger Seat Lumbar Support
  • Less Temp Control Driver Seat
  • Less Temp Control Passengers Seat
  • With Driver 4 Way Mnl.Seat Adjuster
  • With Pass 2 Way Manual Seat Adjust
  • Less Trailer Coupling
  • Ignition Flip Key With Remote Unit
  • With Second Remote Ign Flip Key
  • With Door Dead Locks
  • With Door Entry Remote Control Unit
  • Less Keyless Entry System
  • With Variable Intermittent Windscreen Wiper
  • With Heated Washer Jet
  • Less Headlamp Washer/Wiper
  • Less Sun Roof
  • Air Crtn Rstrnt LH
  • With Driver Air Bag
  • With Passenger Air Bag
  • With Side Air Bag - Drivers Side
  • With Side Air Bag - Passenger Side
  • Less Isofix Hard Point Attach
  • With Mini Steel Spare Wheel
  • With Standard Rear Shock Absorbers
  • 17" Alloy Wheel Style 1
  • 205/50R 17 89W BSW Tyres
  • Locking Wheel Nuts
  • Standard Electric Starter Motor
  • With Handling Suspension
  • With Rear Drum Brakes
  • With Brake Emergency Assist
  • With IVD/Traction Control/ABS
  • Less Skid Plates
  • Sports Front Seat
  • With Fixed Foot Pedals
  • Steering Wheel - 3 Spoke Leather
  • Less Speed Control
  • Less Auxiliary Heater
  • Conventional Instruments - Level 3
  • With Trip Computer
  • Less Tyre Inflation Monitor
  • Less Navigation System
  • Navigation Data - Western Europe
  • With Perimeter Anti-Theft
  • Less Rear Parking Aid
  • Less Auxiliary Compact Disc Player
  • BT/VC Phone Interface + USB Connect
  • Low Level With Nav/CD/AM/FM Radio
  • With 6 Speakers
  • Voice Activated Module - British
  • With Column Stalk Radio Controls
  • Less Power Point Plug
  • With Auto Headlamps
  • With Halogen Headlamp
  • Less Daytime Running Lamps
  • With Front Fog Lamps
  • With Black Headlamp Bezels
  • Less Footwell Lights
  • Header Mounted Courtesy/Maplights
  • With Rear Overhead Courtesy Lamp
  • Tail lamps - Level 1
  • Less Headlamp Control

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Brilliant thanks alot fellas!

This one could be the one I think :).

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looks good to me mate,

17'' alloys,

Ford Sat Nav (worth 1,000)


Voice Control,

Auto Lights,

Auto Wipers,

Heated Windscreen,

Privacey Glass,

Heated Jets,

Front Fog's.

its got alot of good features for the price mate.

also see my list of guides below for options you can easily add in their.

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