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Looking to purchase a good condition Evora as a weekend car.

must have decent service record 

Sub £28k cash buyer no car to sell or part ex 

i live in east mids but don’t mind if car is located in other parts of the uk 

many thanks 

 

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Welcome

good choice....however your budget will limit your choice.......

the Evora seems to have got to £30k and stopped really....as Bibs says there are high miles car a bit cheaper....but they seem to be quite rare also.....

good luck with the hunt...........and keep us posted on progress..... :thumbsup:

and just being nosey....where abouts in the East Mids?.......(we used to have a Donington meet.......and there used to be Paul Smiths - Lotus Dealer - in Hatton )

cheers

G

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Hi Bibs

as a new person to Lotus world I am keen on getting the right car for I usually keep it for a long duration.

the current cars on the classified list are 2+0 and a sold car ☹️

High mileage is not a massive issue as I am likely to put 5k a year on the car anyway.

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Hi Clive,

Welcome to TLF :)

Lotus Silverstone have a black one, oyster interior, in at £30k - https://www.lotussilverstone.co.uk/vehicle-details/Lotus-Evora-U54/

Bell & Colvill also have a 'sub' £30k carbon grey car with Chestnut Interior , which used to be Martin Donnelly's company car i believe! and I test drove several years back when I was looking for early car - https://www.bellandcolvill.co.uk/usedcars/cardetail/100001006/Lotus/EVORA

Both Amiee @ Silverstone and Jamie @ B&C are excellent so worth giving call them if you haven't already to keep you updated on any stock they might be getting in.

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Thanks for the reply have seen these adverts for some time 

also seen a couple of others very similar on car and classic sites which are slightly better in terms of mileage?

seen a cat d with 50k on clock but failed to establish a communication with seller a little worrying so might give it wide berth however sub £20k asking price is tempting ?

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4 minutes ago, Cdm2018 said:

seen a cat d with 50k on clock but failed to establish a communication with seller a little worrying so might give it wide berth however sub £20k asking price is tempting ?

If that is a black car with yellow stripe(s), I’d avoid it. Even if it is <£20k. 

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Cheers Bravo

no this was a white 09 but given the promising initial conversation over a week ago the seller gone awol and had no response ?

i need the 2+2 configuration as I have young daughter but I am also in no major rush as I am cash buyer in essence 

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You say your wanting decent service record so would be wary of non Lotus / decent Lotus specialist as have seen many cars missing recalls and updates that decent franchised dealers wont have missed, IMHO.

Also on higher mileage cars check the clutch as that's a £2-£3k cost for replacement, they should be good for 50-60k miles but depends of course on how the car has been driven etc, there is plenty of advise on TLF with what to look out for.

neither of the Silverstone / B&C cars appeal then as they both 2+2? Things a little slower moving this time of year but no doubt will pickup shortly.

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Hi Internets

thanks for the reply normally I would go direct to franchised dealership but given the small numbers available I have looked at private sellers but feel a tad nervy given I get no warranty ? Hence I am asking a lot of questions on the service history.

as I haven’t bought a car for a number of years not sure how brash should my approach be ? The two cars quoted before have been on sale for a few months should I be brave and suggest a price or is it purely market price which these dealers will not shift on ? 

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I personally would strongly suggest a dealer as I've mentioned, of course you may well pay more upfront but worth while and quite possibly cheaper in the longer run.

I would definitely say a call to both is worth your time and go and stand in front of the cars and drive them, you might feel prices are strong but you will get a good warranty and back up from both B&C and Silverstone, I would definitely not be concerned they have been around a few months as its that time of year and would imagine the same will apply to non Lotus dealers, I often see stock shift much quicker from franchises as I think most buyers want the backup and support that a main dealer can offer, IMHO. 

Both @Aimee Lotus Silverstone and @Jamie-BellandColvill are great to deal with and will be more than happy to talk through it with you and put any fears you have to rest I'm sure.

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Thanks again for your kind thoughts 

I might appear a little green in actual fact very green but I have not bought a private car for 15 years or more as I am company car driver.

therefore the Eovra is probably my last car I would buy as after my time with Evora the car will pass onto my oldest son ?

this will be my first ever lotus although I have some connection to Chapman estate in Norfolk so spoken to few people about the lotus name.

my budget is very restricted as I am finding it myself however I could see maybe a dealership offering me other financial options to gain lotus ownership?

hopefully I can get hold of a Evora which has become my targeted car instead of. 911 or M3 ?  

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No worries Clive, its good you have come on to such a knowledgeable forum as TLF. Most dealers of course can help with finance if required although with cheap loans currently you might be best placed to speak with your bank if  your only a few £k short.  Its worth calling up the dealers as they can then keep you informed of any cars they have coming in, some cars never even hit the classifieds. 

Some things to look out for on early cars:

  • Pealing UV headlight coating - this can be fixed by a paint shop but at around £250 per light
  • Failing LED's 'headlight' side light - Not an MOT failure, unless they are all out, but annoying all the same,  the Lotus fix is a new headlight at an eye watering £1k!
  • Rear light chrome rings loosing chrome plating
  • Passenger airbag cover on dash sticking  up
  • Anti roll bar bushings fail causing knocking
  • Gear cables - adjustment, some cars replaced by later model gear shift but a costly exercise
  • Transmission noise - Its a 'They all do that sir' but some are better than others
  • Clutches - some very early cars had fitment issues from the factory causing premature failure but these should have been picked up under warranty, as mentioned clutches should be good for 60k plus if all motorway miles 
  • Wear on the drivers seat bolster.

You also have Central Lotus in Nottingham who I've never personally had any dealings with but have heard good things about. They had a Launch edition Evora for £31k but appears to have been sold.

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Wow

a very comprehensive if not scary list ! 

If I went to dealership these issues would be covered by a warranty ? 

Thanks again I will keep the community here updated on my progress and I hope to get some replies if I have any further questions ? 

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Yes, I would expect all franchised dealers and good specialist to ensure these are in good order and not to mention any recalls or updates that main dealers will be aware of that often get missed from 3rd party sellers. Hence why I think from what you have said a reputable main dealer would be better for you IMHO :)  I would not worry about that list, any mark will have their own list and just things to double check.

Have you driven an Evora yet? I would recommend driving some and can make decisions from there, Lotus being a more specialist brand the dealer network are IMO setup to help find you the right car with no pressure, I am sure you can get some test drives with no problem or expectations you will buy that car. Also try and find local owners or go along to local meets and see if you can get their thoughts.

Good luck and keep us informed on any progress! Please ask any questions you may have.

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It’s a 2+O though. The OP is after a 2+2.

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Cheers internet

i may pop along in the March meeting might even have a Evora ? Lol 

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16 hours ago, Cdm2018 said:

Cheers internet

i may pop along in the March meeting might even have a Evora ? Lol 

Hi Clive,

if you haven’t made the jump (into possibly one of the best cars built) by the March meeting either Sue or me will take you for a drive, if you want to put some one in the +2 for size/fit not a problem 

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Thanks Darryl very kind of you 

hopefully I should have a car but been trawling the ads these last few weeks for my ideal car but not found anything ?

perhaps someone on this forum might be throw up a good option however had a long conversation with a lotus seller last night on ownership of an Evora very useful.

do you also meet at Retford I live close to j22 M1 

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@Cdm2018 It's not from a Lotus-franchised dealer, but it is close to your pricing target and the blue/oyster combo is :wub: - not that I'm in any way biased on this, :P .

https://www.jdtmotors.co.uk/used-lotus-evora-macclesfield-cheshire-1399002

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Hi Alfa2evora

i have this one on watch and need to speak to sales people , they seem to specialise in Land Rover 

i like the colour but the ad seems very vague but I hoping the car has all the packs ? 

Hopefully all service is up to date and I think this will def be on my hit list

any assessment from lotus community most welcome 

there’s a revitup garage  in Cheshire that’s got a nice red one I really like ?

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Neither vehicle done many miles I last few years. The red one has done 4000 approx. Miles since 2013 while the blue one has only done 500 miles in last 3 years. The blue one originally had a private plate MOO6ORE

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Hi Pete

how do you know this ? Given the cars which would you go for ? 

The red one comes with 12 month warranty I think reading their website ? 

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