You may be taking a chance with pattern parts. They are cheaper but
sometimes they aren't manufactured to the same spec as 'proper' ones. Also,
be very sure you are getting exactly what you want. I just had an
experience with a Ford part from a local motor factors costing £120 quid.
The part didn't fit when it arrived and I was relieved that it was so easy
to hand it back even though it was special order to the supplier. It would
have been a nightmare and cost me to send it back mail order I'm sure.
Another supplier on Ebay was insistant that the part I wanted was the right
part...I didn't order it, but a photograph on his advert showed it had a
subtle difference to the part I really needed. 'Oh yeah, didn't realise'
was the reply and that could have been a costly mistake. If you have a
mechanic friend, many parts depts of the main dealers sell at trade anyway
so long as you look the part and say 'it's trade mate'! Often an instant
Yeah I've heard pattern parts can be risky. I've never understood why as
it would seem easy enough to make an exact match. Worth looking into
anyway as he can't afford the dealer price and we don't know any
No accident, just rust. My brother was surprised too and has emailed
Nissan to see what they think. It is a 1996 model though. I was more
surprised by the cost of new ones but then my last experience of sills
was when my dad bought some years ago for his Cavalier.
That's absolutely shocking.
It's _possibly_ still within the anti-corrosion warranty, but, like most
cars, it won't have had the annual inspection to keep it valid.
Still worth chasing Nissan, as there's no way _any_ car built in 1996
should need new sills already.
Out of interest, did he get an HPI check before it was purchased, as it
sounds to me like it's been in a smack and badly repaired.
Steve H 'You're not a real petrolhead unless you've owned an Alfa Romeo'
http://www.italiancar.co.uk - Honda VFR800 - MZ ETZ300
No HPI. It was purchased from a Nissan dealer. I have been told the
Sunny, which the Almera replaced had a weakness in that area so maybe the
early Almeras inherited the problem. Maybe Nissan will get back with
good news. :-)
Are you sure? Dealers are required by law to sell cars where there is
clear title - many places run HPI and National Mileage Register checks
as standard. They are not obliged to bring this to your attention.
If this car was "Nissan approved" stringest tests should also have
been performed prior to it's acquisition. Your brother might request
any details they have, including inspection reports...
If the car was purchased recently he may consider persuing the
dealer.. a car should be of reasonable quality (vs price and
descpription), as described, roadworthy, fit-for-purpose. The key
legislations that dealers have to abide by are :
...The Trade Descriptions Act 1968
...The Consumer Credit Act 1974
...The Sale of Goods Act 1979
...The Sale and Supply of Goods Act 1994
...The Road Traffic Act 1988
...The Data Protection Act 1988
If none of this helps.. I would start by trying the local scrappie..
wanted ad in Loot etc.
S i g n a l @ l i n e o n e . n e t
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