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When buying a new car how important would you consider it to be for the dealership to be located near to where you live?

For the record, if I was buying a new car, the location of the dealership would be largely unimportant to me.
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Are you talking about a brand new car, or a second hand car that's new to you??

It depends whether or not you intend to get regular servicing done by the dealer. If you do, taking your car in to get serviced is easier if the dealer is relatively close to where you live, work, or study. If you intend to get servicing and maintenance done by a local mechanic, it doesn't matter how close or far away the dealer is.
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Are you talking about a brand new car, or a second hand car that's new to you??

It depends whether or not you intend to get regular servicing done by the dealer. If you do, taking your car in to get serviced is easier if the dealer is relatively close to where you live, work, or study. If you intend to get servicing and maintenance done by a local mechanic, it doesn't matter how close or far away the dealer is.
Either brand new or second hand that's new to you.
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Very important if it was new, as I'd be using that dealer for any warranty issues, services, etc. Wouldn't want to have to drive more than 10 miles.

Second-hand... maybe less important but again, probably wouldn't go more than 10 miles. I'd rather buy from a business located somewhere I know, where it's possible people I know have had dealings with the business. And many come with a limited warranty, so again, wouldn't want to have to drive far.
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(Original post by Minicosm)
When buying a new car how important would you consider it to be for the dealership to be located near to where you live?

For the record, if I was buying a new car, the location of the dealership would be largely unimportant to me.
Not at all.

For a brand new car, it can be serviced anywhere in the dealer network, not just the dealership you purchased from.

For a used car, perhaps slightly different, but not to the extent that I would vote Yes.
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I'd expect to be doing most of the repairs and servicing myself.

So a nearby breakers that specialises in the make of car I'd be buying would be useful.
Just to get cheaper parts than buying off ebay etc.
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I bought nearly new from a random dealer and then moved house. As it happened, another dealer in the same network was <5mins away from my new house, so that was pretty convenient. However, it only goes in once a year, so for the sake of leaving work early maybe twice, it wouldn’t factor into my decision making.
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Dunno really, I live in a city so I've got dealers for all the big brands here, plenty of indy specialists as well. If there was a new car I really wanted far away, id ask the local dealer to bring it to me...

Used, I'll maybe go 20/30 miles away, I'm mindful how much time/money I might be wasting, and the problem with going to see a used car at long distance is you'll feel that much more pushed to buy it and ignore warnings rather than go home empty handed. Also the further away...the longer potential unfamiliar drive back in an unfamiliar car.

I feel I have more recourse buying local as well, as I can simply turn up in person if I have a problem.
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I think if you are only going there once or twice a year, probably unimportant. The question for me is do you really need a car at all? Use of public transport and perhaps taxis/minicabs for a few instances would probably cost less and be better for the planet.
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The question for me is do you really need a car at all? Use of public transport and perhaps taxis/minicabs for a few instances would probably cost less and be better for the planet.
Why do you even read the car threads? This is all you ever say about them.
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Why do you even read the car threads? This is all you ever say about them.
To challenge the notion that a car is necessary to lead a lifestyle, and because not having one is a step you can make towards reducing climate change via your own carbon footprint. Also if you walk more which you will even if public transport is around the corner or end of the street, you will exercise more.

The money you save can be put to other uses.
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To challenge the notion that a car is necessary to lead a lifestyle, and because not having one is a step you can make towards reducing climate change via your own carbon footprint. Also if you walk more which you will even if public transport is around the corner or end of the street, you will exercise more.

The money you save can be put to other uses.
Yeah yeah I know, but sometimes people just want to know something about a car, y'know?

I need a car.
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(Original post by barnetlad)
To challenge the notion that a car is necessary to lead a lifestyle, and because not having one is a step you can make towards reducing climate change via your own carbon footprint. Also if you walk more which you will even if public transport is around the corner or end of the street, you will exercise more.

The money you save can be put to other uses.
Cars = freedom.

What money saved? Last summer 5 of us plus our luggage went on a 6 week tour from the UK down to Greece and back. How much would that have cost by public transport?

My mate has started working nightshifts in a warehouse 20 miles from where he lives. He bought a car for £1000. How much per working day do you think he'd spend on taxis if he didn't have a car?
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(Original post by barnetlad)
To challenge the notion that a car is necessary to lead a lifestyle, and because not having one is a step you can make towards reducing climate change via your own carbon footprint. Also if you walk more which you will even if public transport is around the corner or end of the street, you will exercise more.

The money you save can be put to other uses.
Not everyone lives in a city or town with public transport links, which is what this post is predicated on. For people who live in the countryside, a car is a often a necessity, not a luxury.
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