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 Post subject: 'Green Slip Only'.
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:51 pm 
Talking Turkey
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Joined: Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:52 am
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Location: not in a SAAB.
Car Model: One of the first RHD 9-5s
What is this all about now? Still on the hunt for an ultra-cheap to run commuter car after the demise of my 1.4TDCi Fiesta. Loads of cheap and cheerful motors all over Facebook including the 3.0V6 Vectra Diesel and a 2.2 X Type but in most of the listings is the comment 'green slip only'.

Most of this has to be down to home traders flipping cars without trying to be a business but where does that leave you trying to get the car usable? How do you get a logbook without paying for it and if you do that then you get the double tax hammer applied at some point as it would be a change of owner.

Or are these cars off the auction block with suspect histories that may well come back and bite? For a car that costs £200-£500 is it really worth having history checks done on them until you find a clean one as that could end up costing as much as the car itself.

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2005 9-5 Aero with all the options.

 Post subject: Re: 'Green Slip Only'.
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:03 pm 
Full Pressure Turbo

Joined: Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:47 pm
Posts: 653
Location: Sunny Chester
Car Model: 9-3SW Sportwagon Aero TTiD
I wouldn't buy a car off a green slip only, full V5C or no sale. As you allude it's dodgy sellers flipping cars they've taken in px or swapped, usually been through loads of unscrupulous owners.

 Post subject: Re: 'Green Slip Only'.
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:11 pm 
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Car Model: 99GL, Fiat 500 & Volvo V70
For that sort of price the bargains are few & far between, although some still expect new car quality and guarantees for that price.

You can still apply for the logbook on the green slip at no cost.

New owner is responsible for tax from the day of purchase. Likelihood is if its green slip any tax remaining is already void.

When you think you know it all, it's a sure sign you don't.

 Post subject: Re: 'Green Slip Only'.
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:24 pm 
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Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:46 am
Posts: 4950
Location: suffolk
Car Model: 1993 9000 2.0 cse
ive bought loads of cars with a green slip only back in the day no issues

mostly one owner local car owner dies or gives up driving
car ends up at its local garage lazy owner ive had some lovely low miles bargains but this was ten years back
like my 9000 ended up at a we paint silver mercs garage it wernt a merc or silver or needed painting so lucky me

surely someone on here will offer up something that fits the bill

never underestimate the predictability of stupidity

 Post subject: Re: 'Green Slip Only'.
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:53 pm 
Light Pressure Turbo

Joined: Fri Sep 30, 2005 12:29 pm
Posts: 487
Location: Costa Blanca
Car Model: 2008 9-3 vector convertible
I've bought quite a few green slip cars, they've usually been passed around quite a few owners. There's a site called swapz and cars get passed round there quite a bit so end up with someone trying to offload a car with the green slip only. You can tax & register the car with the green slip though.

As a rule of thumb for me, if it's only got a green slip expect to spend quite a bit on repairs. I'd only buy one if it was the bargain of the century now.

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