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    Shopping for a new Car

    Well the day has come and tomorrow I am making the long trek down to Inverness, about 120 miles. I plan over the next 2 days to visit at least 8 different Car Dealers. I am staying in a hotel for two nights and am making a mini holiday of it. Hopefully by the time I get back home I will have my New Motability Car ordered.

    Silly I know but I am getting quite excited and I am really looking forward to visiting all the different car dealers, I will post here what car I decide on.
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    Hope they have a demo available on the day. Don't forget your driving licence.

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    Thanks for the reminder re Driving Licence.

    As to the Demo Car, I have been on the phone for several days booking a time slot at different dealers and they are all expecting me. They all will have a car for me to test drive and some have said they will more than one model.

    I will be spoiled for choice.
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    Good luck. I stay in Nairn, so I will have been to some of the dealers you are going to. I have been to Hawco who were helpful,Ness Motors were ok but didn't have many cars to test drive. Vauxhall were helpful, but again didn't have many cars to test drive. Nissan were alright but felt the sales guy was a bit patronising. This was some years ago, so maybe they have got better.

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    Have a good time! Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTCELT88 View Post
    Good luck. I stay in Nairn, so I will have been to some of the dealers you are going to. I have been to Hawco who were helpful,Ness Motors were ok but didn't have many cars to test drive. Vauxhall were helpful, but again didn't have many cars to test drive. Nissan were alright but felt the sales guy was a bit patronising. This was some years ago, so maybe they have got better.
    Yes I am going to all of them and Arnold Clark, MacRae & Dick, Corrie Motors and Bannerman. I was going to Seafield Motors but when I phoned them they said that they did not do Motability even though the Motability site says that they do, strange.

    Thanks Firebird I aim to have a great time, a real Mini Holiday, staying at a Hotel, Good Food and viewing Cars, I will be in Heaven.


    Off to bed now as I have a very early start in the morning, my son is coming around at 8am, shhesh I have not been up this early for a long time, and he is to be my carer for while I am away. So a Father and son bonding session as well, all good fun.
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    Really pleased for you. Hope you find a suitable car for your needs. It's a long way to go though - does this mean you will also have to travel this distance for service etc? Or will you have a dealership locally?

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    Hope you enjoy your car hunt Kodiak

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    Update on my Car Hunt.

    I am a bit downhearted and disappointed. I do not think car salesmen want to sell cars. I have vised 4 Car dealers today and it was a total waste of time. I wouldn't have minded but I had phoned and made appointments for each dealer.

    At one place I was greeted with "What do you want?" after I politely said that I had an appointment with "D***" for Motability, She just looked and said "OH, Hang on" then called out "D***" this man wants you. D*** came over and said, "You want me for something" I explained who I was and that I had an appointment with him to discuss details of Motability Cars. I then gave him my list of things I required on a car. He stood there reading it and eventually said "Nah, I don't think we can help you you might be better going to another dealer" He handed me my list back and walked away.

    The next place the salesman seemed to be keen and showed me two cars that were great. All was going well until he said "I hope realise that these models are not on Motability so you would need to pay for them yourself"

    The next two dealers were just not interested at all, one said that they were going to stop selling to Motability and the other one just ignored me altogether.

    I am back in my Hotel and I intend to just relax and forget today. I only hope that tomorrow will be a lot better. I am forever hopeful,
    Last edited by Kodiak; 16-07-13 at 19:40.
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    Quote Originally Posted by susieboots View Post
    Really pleased for you. Hope you find a suitable car for your needs. It's a long way to go though - does this mean you will also have to travel this distance for service etc? Or will you have a dealership locally?
    For a service I will have to travel all the way down to Inverness, about 120 Miles, I had to do this last year with the car I have now. What I did was to drive down, got the car serviced then we stayed the night in a hotel we had booked. We then went to Eden Court Theatre see a ABBA Tribute Group, great fun. We drove back up home the next day.

    120 Miles is a long way but if you also do something you do not normally do then it can be FUN.
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