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Hello. I am thinking of buying a used mini cooper s JCW - year

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Hello. I am thinking of buying a used mini cooper s JCW - year 2004 or 2005. Where can i find a mobile specialist to do a pre-purchase check and inspection report please? Oxfordshire/Berkshire/Bucks area?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Rob replied 3 years ago.

Rob :

Hi the AA do an onsite inspection.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you. I know about AA Inspections. It's hard enough buying a used vehicle at the best of times, but this kind of silly car could be even more of a mistake without specialist advice. Hence my need for one or two names of mini specialist mechanics and preferably, cooper JCW knowledgeable mechanics.

Expert:  Rob replied 3 years ago.
Hi Jennie .
I will opt out and repost the question for the other techs to help.
regards rob
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you Rob

Expert:  Mike replied 3 years ago.
Hello and Welcome..

My name is MIKE - Im happy to help / advise you.

You are completely right in what you say - its a minefield itself in buying 2nd hand cars - let alone a specialist one such as the JCW MINI.... so yes you are right to ask.

You have no doubt looked all around your areas for a "mobile specialist " - but I have to tell you Im afraid, that as far as I am aware , there are none that are mobile and that would specialise in the JCW MINI.

Further - I would add that - as opposed to having such a "roadside" - ( mobile ) check done, you would be far better to arrange with the seller, to have the car that you are interested in, taken into a MINI dealer... where you have trained Techs for the MINI and the JCW... They have ALL the relevant tech info and latest bulletins etc - fault info... what particularly to look out for etc.. and - they have FULL workshop facilities.. ie, they can have the car fully up in the air on a ramp for a proper detailed inspection of the car... (mobiles just cannot do this effectively ) and too - they have all the necessary plug test equipment to check the output of the engine - operation of the turbo etc etc... Again, mobiles, just don't have these facilities or tech knowledge.

So overall - I fully recommend that you do it / arrange it as above. The seller should have no objection to that. Obviously, be as sure as you can be that the car you have in mind is the one you want - you cant be checking ( however you do it ) every car you see for obvious reasons...

Plus too - just as a tip - I would recommend using this company HERE for a full history check on the car... to be sure its not had any accident damage history - insurance claims that you are not told about... It checks it for Police interest / stolen register - mileage checks etc - Its well worth the money for such a car as you have in mind. There are other - cheaper check companies - but I suggest this is the best one.

So again - I would heartily recommend the course of action as above in this case -

If there is anything more you need or would like to discuss - by all means get back to me and we can carry on...

.>> Meantime ...........Please do click on the "OK/ Excellent ratings" for me as that's how Im credited for helping you - Thank you in advance for that...

You can and are most welcome to get back to me anytime you might need - clicking the OK ratings does not close you out at all..

Kind Rgds, MIKE.