Some advice on this Pilote G830LC please

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  1. AndyJJDavies

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    Hi all
    New to the forum. We've been motorhoming using rental vans for a while now to get a feel for the best layout for us and have narrowed it down to a island bed A class with a good payload. We have found a Pilote Explorateur Galaxy G830LC that seems to tick all the boxes.

    http://www.hayesleisure.co.uk/used-motorhome-pilote-explorateur-galaxy-g-830-lc-motorhome-429

    We are planning to check it out tomorrow but I don't have much experience of Pilote - does this look like a good deal? To be honest, it's a bit older (2008) and more miles (32k) than we we're used to - is there anything to be concerned about and anything specific I should be checking?

    thanks in advance for any help
    Andy
     
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    I don't know anything about the particular make and model of MH but the mileage at 4,000 (8ys at 32,000) per year is minimal so I wouldn't worry about that. You can also check the service history in the vehicle log book.

    It looks well fitted out and very tidy. I should think that it is well worth a look and as for the price you can always see what the dealer will do regards that.

    Good luck and let us all know how you get on. (y)

    KH
     
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    We have a Pilote G690 purchased from Hayes Leisure a couple of years ago. Ourse is typical of the Marque - few minor issues but really good sales back up from Hayes (Chris Hayes in after sales / service).

    Would I buy another Pilote? 100% yes
    Would I buy from Hayes? 100% yes

    Start a private conversation if you need any other information. Cheers

    P.S. Well worth becoming a full member on here - you will easily get your £15 back on discounts and also the wealth of good advice on here in all the archives. (y)(y)

    Edit - oddly enough, I was looking at that exact van online 2 days ago whilst bored in hospital and thought 2 things - "wow that is a lot of van" and "pity we can't make the turn into our driveway"
     
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    Do you not think its a lot of money for an 8 year old van Dave?
    What's the price new ?
     
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    In today's money based on the fact that it is the premium range - probably nudging toward 85-90K. Always room for a good deal at Hayes as well it would probably sell around £45K with a good haggle
     
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    What would you suggest the OP's final (opening) offer should be?
     
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    No idea, really. Can start at silly money and work upwards. No trade in, remember.......
     
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    its a nice looking van, Id looked at it (on the net) myself befor stuff happend, sort of van id like to own when I get better,
     
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    Thanks.
    Does that mean that it's been available for a while?
     
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    I must admit I was also struggling with that much money for an 8 year old van and was hoping there may be some movement so this gives me a bit of confidence thanks
     
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    I must admit I was also struggling with that much money for an 8 year old van and was hoping there may be some movement so this gives me a bit of confidence thanks
     
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    Hayes are brilliant dealers - they look after you and the vans. Wouldn't be surprised if they'd known the van all it's life! LOL Bill Hayes is absolutely the salt of the earth and 100% trustworthy.

    Guess where we had our Pilote from? LOL Before we did the deal, I checked him out by PM with Peter from Johns Cross, as a longstanding truthful member of this forum and also a Pilote dealer LOL - his opinion of Bill is exactly the same as what you've heard already on here!

    And much like John's Cross - all the employees follow exactly the same ethos.
     
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    And (my) Pete's just added - 'and his mum's nice too!' - she is a lovely lady and both she and her daughter (never actually worked out whether she's Bill's sister?) are much more helpful - and use! - than 99% of other dealer 'receptionists'.
     
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    Well yes - not a jobsworth in sight. I also checked them out before buying - same answer. It is a lot of money, but it is a lot of van. Satellite and extra solar and you won't need anything else
     
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    Thanks. This is one of the things that I am impressed with; after the obligatory search for reviews on line I've found nothing (absolutely nothing!) but praise for Hayes and the family. After speaking to them this morning to arrange the test drive they certainly sound like people I'd like to do business with.
     
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    20% discount off a new MH is not unheard of - hopefully the same applies to used
    Best of luck !
     
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    I'm biassed because of the Frankia-Pilote family relationship and just how similar this layout is to my own Frankia Platin Plus. I would prefer it on a Mercedes to a Fiat but then I had no problems with my last (Fiat) van so have no real reasons to say that. Certainly the wider track of the Fiat will give less roll than the Merc, and less need for air assist suspension.

    I think the auto is probably the clutchless man version of auto as opposed to the real epicyclic gear train associated with torque converters.

    I honestly believe that price to be more than a little optimistic, but then how many vans of this calibre are out there for sale with such an attractive interior.

    You are a cash buyer, that will be attractive to the seller, he has one of a very few of these vans for sale and a great reputation this must be attractive to the buyer.

    You are made for one another, go find some common ground and deal...... Griff

    edit: and join up proper for £15, you'll get it back ten-fold with friendly advice!
     
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    I'm assuming this is the Comfortmatic auto which I'm used to and quite happy with.

    Let's hope so


    done :)
     
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    Certainly a lovely vehicle but as others have mentioned, it strikes me as a lot of money...
    I have no idea if it's 'market price' or even close, but do know that 50k to spend on a used van gives lots of options !
     
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    You won't regret joining and haggle hard with Bill. When the cash discount runs dry, go for the essential extras (y)(y)

    Let us know how you get on; we would love that van despite the age as the only box it doesn't tick is the length precluding the reverse turn into the driveway, and we don't all own a castle and country estate like @Popeye does (rumour has it he personally purchased the new forest from King Henry VIII no less)
     
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