Cowart's Common Room
Wrong But Romantic

We went out yesterday to Homebase, J wanted to buy some paint and we came back having bought a car on the spur of the moment and haunted by a questioning feeling of whether we had been brave or foolhardy.

As the old Citroen garage with whom I had dealt for many years was just across the road from Homebase in Bridgend I thought I would enquire in a general and non-committal way whether they ever got C5 estates traded in for re-sale. I had safely imagined they would say that they only saw them rarely and then they went straight to auction. But then there, on the forecourt, was a C5 saloon that looked brand new and with a price tag of £4995. Not only that but it said it was a 'Citroen Approved' used car which meant that it had passed 101 checks. The garageman showed me the workshop bill for doing the checks - £979 including new discs, pads, full service etc etc. Plus he said there would be a year's warranty.

We went for a little test drive. The car was beautifully comfortable and handled well. It was quiet and generally in first class condition and drove like a new car. The only obvious problem was that this had been a smoker's car and despite valeting the car reeked of tobacco smoke. (Yet J said she didn't notice this - perhaps I am super sensitive to the smell of tobacco as I am to eucalyptus). Moreover, they said they would give me £3,000 for my old car - which I considered a very fair price.

J whose back suffered from the hard ride of our existing car was very happy at the soft ride of this one (and the potholes in our roads get worse by the week) and so we bought it. I pick it up on Monday before which I have to change the insurance.

It is bound to be more expensive than the old car (the road tax is £175 more for a start) but the C5 is very beautiful. Storm Grey the colour with black upholstery. A big five seater with an enormous boot and a two litre diesel engine that glides along floating on air.

On my post the day before yesterday KKC suggested I should stick to Skoda and I sneakingly suspect that she is correct. The Superb is a lovely car and very comfortable too, though it comes with a big price tag. As with all things - we shall see, but I am grateful for the suggestion. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 8th Jul 2018 - 08:49AM   Posted by Fennie   Wrong But Romantic Comments: 4

Withy Brook's Avatar Enjoy your 'new' car, I hope you have many miles of happy and comfortable driving.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 8th Jul 2018 at 09:06AM

Camilla's Avatar Have fun driving your new car Fennie sounds wonderful re car insurance I have just changed mine for a cheaper payment other was due to expire soon anyway but they were going to charge me an extra £10 a month. My previous excess was only £100 but could not find one again for that amount so have gone with £100 Comp excess and £250 voluntary excess I usually leave all this to HL but he has thrown in the towel this time.

As Toad would say Poop Poop! On the wide open road, happy driving Fennie.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 8th Jul 2018 at 10:34AM

Fennie's Avatar Poop, poop indeed. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 8th Jul 2018 at 11:14AM

Camilla's Avatar Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 8th Jul 2018 at 05:40PM

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