Ho hum, all change here on WP and I cannot use the classic editor as I have been so I hope this turns out OK.
It cost us £102 for a diagnostic report on the car to confirm the fault we had already found using a £16 gizmo purchased from the supermarket. However, we can understand the need to check themselves, but honestly, £102?? Robbery.
The job will cost a further £350 and is scheduled for next week. At least their coffee is decent and free.
We did get the car washed and valeted as part of the package today, so that’s twice in less than 24 hours and the car thinks it’s Christmas.
We found a couple of vehicles of interest within our price range, an I30 and Tuscan, but car sales enquiries can only be conducted over the phone, so we had to ring from one side of the showroom to talk to the sales rep on the other.
The trade in was minimal, but neither vehicle were actually suitable for what we wanted as the boot space was tiny.
From there, we went to the Peugeot garage and found exactly what we were looking for.
Same problem with sales, so the guy said he’d ring us when we got home. This actually gave us time to check out the internet and view a couple of review videos.
He called in mid research, and the car we were interested in is two years old and way above my budget. He said he’d come back to us with a trade in deal, so we carried on researching similar vehicles and getting some prices.
His trade in was slightly better than Hyundai, but the price was still too high. The deal is we can think about it and he’ll ring again on Friday. Unless he’s prepared to tweak his price by a couple of thousand, we won’t follow up on this one and wait until showrooms are open on April 12th then look again, having a test drive and striking a deal. I drive a hard bargain, and my logic is if they want the sale, they can at least meet me half way.
We are out tomorrow and will check out other garages to see what else is available, taking notes, then coming home and doing some more research.
Winnie the cavapoo has had 11 puppies!!! Sadly not all survived, and our friend has 7 for sale.
We understand she is asking £1000 each, which we couldn’t afford if we’d wanted one, but I am sure she will find homes for them all as they are cuties.
We are hoping the rescue centres open soon to allow visitors, then we can look properly and hopefully a dog will choose us . We shall of course encourage a home visit and assessment.
It’s gone 10pm now, so there might not be much more from me today.
I get so worked up when people basically have mutts and want to charge an arm and a leg! There are tons of mixed breeds at the rescue for a pittance – they just want to find a good home for them! I’m glad you are willing to wait for the right car as well as the right dog. Good luck on both fronts!
Thanks Val. If it’s meant to be, things will slot nicely into place…………..
Sounds like a busy day! I love the idea of you on one side of the showroom ringing the sales man on the other…did you wave.
I am so glad that you drive a hard bargain the car sale guy always have plenty of margin and are never afraid to push the phycological buttons. Stick to your guns with both car and dog the perfect one of each is out there.💜💜
I got a real bargain with my peugeot 206 in 2005. Special promotion at £13K with free insurance, 3 years RAC, and AC as standard. We had two Suzuki Altos to put in P/X, both less than a year old as we hated them and bought them on a whim (fools that we were, but we could afford it). I got the car for £4000 plus a full tank, full years road tax and mats. When we got home, the phone was ringing and it was the salesman, almost crying as he had to give me £400 cash back as we’d bought a diesel. Ten years later I sold it to a car supermarket for £1500 with 30,000 miles on the clock, one failed MOT (that year which we got it through) so lost £2000 in depreciation over that time frame.
I see it that they have margins and leeway, and if they want the sale, they’ll tweak.
Yes indeed you are so right 💜