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Hi all
I live in West Lothian and i am looking for a Beetle?
Can anyone advise me of where i can buy one? :smiley:

First of all, well done for coming to the club web site first!, I would recommend you join the club, and attend a few blethers to learn what to look out for. Secondly, you need to decide what sort of beetle (1200, 1300, 1500 etc) and age of beetle your looking for as well as a realistic budget. Then you will need to find one and I would recommend you have it checked over by either some club members, and or a VW specialist before parting with hard cash. Finally I wouldn’t recommend e bay, unless you are prepared to view the car before bidding. Feel free to as many questions as part of your quest.

Thanks, I have been looking on ebay but hae been advised not to!
Im looking for a tax exempt car prob 1200-1400 engine size but i really know nothing about them or what cost they would start to com in at. Do you know of any sites that sell them?

I know your after a tax emempt one but there is a nice 73 1200 for sale in dumfermline for £975 in the auto trader. I was thinking of it for myself but have spent the money on my camper :smiley:

1973 VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.2, Motd
Nov 2006, good condition. £975. ORTelephone: 01383 734873 or 07760 455992
Distance: 19 miles
Price: £975

Excellent i will have a look! :slight_smile:
Thanks.

bugalicious - 2006-04-18 1:55 PM

Thanks, I have been looking on ebay but hae been advised not to!
Im looking for a tax exempt car prob 1200-1400 engine size but i really know nothing about them or what cost they would start to com in at. Do you know of any sites that sell them?

Given your lack of knowledge I would suggest attending a few club blethers first before looking, and doing your homework, if you are to avoid becoming another disillusioned beetle owner. There are many different beetles to choose from, some namely 1302 and 1303 models are more complex and tend to rust out with regular monotony, and I discourage first time owners from buying them, unless they know what to look out for. Also I would stress that buying a cheap one, say less than a grand, can be a false economy, and if you choose poorly, you could end up spending more in the long run than if you had paid top dollar for a mint one in the first place. Repairs, in particular bodywork can cost £1000’s to put right, if you end up buying a faked up bucket.

Just read this on another forum. Beware and as Keith says take a club member with you to give it the once over…

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Hi folks,
Being a girl I just wanted to have a good moan… having picked up a GT 1600 Beetle last weekend after a long time of thinking about it, I’m sat here with my head in my hands and wonder if other people have been in the same boat.
I picked it up off EBay with a good description from what seemed a genuine guy, but when it was picked up I knew there were going to be problems, least of all the towing vehicle breaking down and getting home in a recovery truck!!
This Beetle having only 3 owners certainly seems to have been unloved. I find it hard to believe someone could treat a vehicle, never mind a rare one, so badly. Its got so many faults, gaters split, engine knackered, generally tatty, ball joints gone, brakes all need doing, not to mention the welding! At the moment I dont know whether to set fire to it?
There we go folks, moan over. I’m sure youve all got stories to tell about your VW’s. Have I been unlucky or foolish???

I’ve seen the Beetle in Dunfermline and as a first time Beetle i would not recommend it. What makes you say that it is a nice 1200? have you seen it? i can give you my full opinion if you like. i have owned several Beetles so consider myself fairly experienced.
Thanks
Simon