I bought a Renault Modus and I think I have made a mistake.
The car did not have a service history, owners manual and only 1 key. The car had 5,000 miles on a 06 plate - have I made a mistake?
I have asked the dealer for these and I am waiting for a reply.
Whether you have made a mistake, depends on two things:
1) How much you paid
2) If the mileage is genuine
This obviously isn't a 'used approved' car, because they would have given you a service history and both keys.
Cars without that tend to be from poor quality supermarkets or independent dealers. Usually the car has come from a fleet and the key and handbook got lost long ago.
At the moment, a 2006 1.4 petrol Modus at a main dealer would be £5,600 - £6,376 with about 11,401 miles on the clock.
At a supermarket, where the car will not be in such good condition, may well be missing a key or some paperwork and it would be more like £5,100.
If you paid less than that, then so far so good.
Then it's just a question of whether the car is genuine, and it probably is. But the only way to be sure is to find out where it was last serviced and see what they recorded the mileage as. If the dealer won't tell you, call the dealer who first sold the car (look for the name on the number plate, window sticker, back of tax disc holder) and see what they know.
You could also get a datacheck if you suspect the car is stolen, has been crashed or is a 'cut & shut'.... But on a car that young, if the dealer is still around, that seems a bit extrme.