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Sussex Defenders - has anyone used them?

Discussion in 'General Land Rover Forum' started by Wontigonk, Nov 16, 2021.

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  1. Wontigonk

    Wontigonk New Member

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    Hi all,
    Newby here, so please forgive me if I'm posting in the wrong forum. We used to have a heavily modified Series2 / Series 3 (we never found out which) 30 years ago while based in Sardinia and Cyprus, but had to sell it on return to UK. There's been a Landrover shaped gap in our lives ever since, so we're looking for a reasonable TD5 Defender 90. I'm not a gifted mechanic (!), so am looking to buy from a reasonable and reliable dealer, and have come across Sussex Defenders. Has anyone used them or got any knowledge of the business?
    Many thanks in advance for any int!
     
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    lynall Well-Known Member

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    I do not know of them, but think you will find there is no such thing as a trusted and reliable car dealer anywhere in the world never mind the UK.
    I dont know about your area, but car prices are a bit silly at the minute, whether this is the new norm or not I cannot say.

    Probably better to join a few of the land rover forums and keep an eye on the for sale sections.
     
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    Interceptorxj Well-Known Member

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    Personally I would be a little wary about a new (2021) company only offering a mobile no. as contact phone number , with no land line or company address.

    https://www.sussexdefenders.co.uk/
     
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    Looks like a buy in for £5k or less, quick bit of bodywork, respray and boost alloys then double and double…could be wrong.
     
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    Just taken a look at their stock, the LR's look correct.
     
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    See if they are listed with companies house?
     
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    Thanks everyone - really helpful replies and pointers!
     
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    Avoid! Only a mobile number, no land line, no postal address, no company number on the website. You would not be able to hold them to anything.
     
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    There's a post code on their facebook page. About 10/15 miles from me, nice area if it's real. The page itself has a ring of truth about it.
     
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    Take a look and tell us.
     
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    That FB page is full of tosh. They have few cars available and promote their business by plagiarising Land Rover photographs with H.M. Lilibet at the wheel. I know of no other second hand car sales establishment that does this. Wouldn't buy from them out of principle...far too many correctly priced LRD's out there to choose from.
     
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    Hi sorry might be late to reply but I used Sussex defenders to buy my 90. He’s a genuine bloke and he knows his landys after speaking to him on the phone and him sending me extra photos I traveled 300 miles to look at it and done a deal. I travelled back up a week later after transfering the money through bacs ans picked up the Landy.
     
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    That's great news. Good luck with your new Land Rover
     
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    Sussex Defenders isn't listed on companies house. Photo's of cars look like they were taken on land near a residential property. Sussex Defenders is linked to Surrey 4x4, online, where vehicles are being advertised on websites. Looks to me like Sussex Defender is a 'brand name' linked to Surrey 4x4.

    I would act with caution if it were me as I can't find a legal path to Sussex Defender being a registered business or part of one. Even if it's TA trading as, it would normally say so. I'm not saying they're dodgy. It looks like a sister setup. It may be one of 'those' sole trader settup's. Problem is there's no recourse in law against a business seller unless yer buying from a business. They have a lot of valuable vehicles advertised against Sussex Defender. If I were buying or selling to them I would want them to provide documented proof of who they are first. A business would normally be happy to provide such detail if asked.
     
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    l would advise you to visit them in person, and see what the business looks like.

    lf you see a Land Rover that you like, get an independent inspection/HPI and if that comes back good you should be okay
     
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