I recently had my car written off (was my first car, had a great Limited Edition 1.2 Corsa on finance from new), someone pulled out into me on a main road and I flipped on the spot. Luckily no real injuries! But anyway I got my payout from insurance, after paying off the finance it left me with about £2000. I've always wanted a Golf, there's something about them I just love.
Went to see this 2001 1.8T GTI the other day, agreed to buy it from the dealer (only spoken agreement, it still had a tow bar on he needed to remove, but he said it would go to me after it was off), he wouldn't take a deposit, so we left with his word. The car drove really well, couldn't fault it, had a nice amount of power which I'm not used to. Got myself insured on it ready and waited for him to deliver it. He contacted me a few days later saying he had a better offer and wouldn't sell it to me. I was going to pay £1600, apparently this is over the value of the car, but that was as low as he would go, and without a car I'm not in a huge spot to look around for a while.
So now I'm looking around for more Golf's. Ideally I'd like something similar to the one I found, I really liked the power from the turbo, and as shallow as it is I hate hub cabs and will only go for alloys! Only downside is the road tax/fuel useage (say compared to a 1.9 GT TDI), the insurance isn't that much more compared to my old Corsa. I found this 2003 1.8T GTI earlier, it has done more miles than the first, but is also a few years newer. I haven't heard about the history yet as the guy didn't have it with him when I rang. If I could have some feedback on what the engine is like, any tips for this car, or anything, I'd really appreicate it. This is my first time buying a used car so I'm a novice. Also sorry if this is in the wrong forum section. Also if anyone wants to see a picture from my crash just ask, it's pretty cool in a way looking back haha.