Car auctions are fun if a bit stressful. 1100 cars ranging from brand new Range Rovers to non running 1990s Daewoo Nexias. You can have a lot at the motors in a vast shed and out in the field there even more. Most come with a mechanical report which is very detailed and seemed accurate. At this one there was auction rooms. Huge numbers of cars are driven or pushed through a room the size of small lecture theatre and the auction takes a minute for each car.
The auctioneer gabbles the price very quickly and you raise your hand until no one else is interested in bidding. You then pay a deposit of £1K and then you wait for the ownership paperwork to come through which takes half an hour and you pay the balance You also have to pay an auction fee of around 12% so you must take that into account in terms of pricing. You have an hour to check the car matches the mechanical report and that's the only time you can return the car and get your money back.
i like the car, it's Citroenseque in terms of being techy and different. The centre of steering wheel remains stationary and has loads of controls for radio, cruise control. Has a central dash LCD with speed etc.Cheap road tax of £30 a year and seems very economical but the performance is decent for such a small, 1.6L, diesel. The semi auto seems OK and changes up and down fairly smoothly. However the missus isn't so keen as she is learning to drive in a proper automatic car and she doesn't like to have to use gas pedal all the time instead of car creeping forward without it once you release the brake.
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