So THAT’S why they call it a test drive
Anyone reading my gushing long termer reports on my dearly departed Clio 197 Cup will have seen this coming but I’m now in the process of seeing through my threat of laying my own cash down on something fast and Clio shaped.
Testing the brakes on a Clio I tried yesterday revealed a pull to the kerb so strong the car nearly spat me off the road. I pointed this out to salesman when I got back from the test drive and he promised it would be MOT’d and serviced before being sold but the fact it was on his forecourt at all in this condition is a bit frightening. Still, that’s why they call it a test drive!
So I won’t be buying that one then. But I’m looking at a couple over the weekend that look more promising and it’s given me a chance to try out the Autocheck service you can find on the MSN Cars homepage. You simply put the registration details of the car you’re hoping to buy into it and it comes back with an instant report to clarify its identity and warn you of any outstanding finance or whether it’s been crashed or stolen. £25 lets you check five cars and is well worth it for the peace of mind. The car I’m looking at has come up clean so looks promising. Fingers crossed it doesn’t try to kill me either!
Clio Cup farewell report
Clio 172 Cup road test
MSN Cars' Steve Walker takes the UK's cheapest new car for a test drive to see if it's worth parting only £5,995 for.
Date 23/05/13, Duration 4:17, Views 863
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