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Old 11.10.2018, 17:13
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Re: Car acquired 2 weeks ago - wife does not like it

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I agree with you. There's still a 'machismo' around buying cars even though many people are just 'tyre kickers', and I've heard some blatantly sexist sales patter in my time.

As the daughter and granddaughter of a car mechanics who spent too much of the first 18yrs of her life on a garage, I'm the annoying brat who pops the bonnet and goes underneath the car before test driving it. I don't know a lot, but I know more than a lot of sales people.
A bit of knowledge goes a long way. My dad got me working on my own cars from when I first started driving so I would understand enough not to get screwed over in garages plus I could have a shot at fixing something if I was caught out alone with a broken down car, although these days I'm a bit lost because all they seem to do is plug in a computer and figure out what's wrong from there. Everything else is hidden under a sealed engine casing, too.
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Old 11.10.2018, 17:50
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I agree with you. There's still a 'machismo' around buying cars even though many people are just 'tyre kickers', and I've heard some blatantly sexist sales patter in my time.

As the daughter and granddaughter of a car mechanics who spent too much of the first 18yrs of her life on a garage, I'm the annoying brat who pops the bonnet and goes underneath the car before test driving it. I don't know a lot, but I know more than a lot of sales people.
To be honest I had mixed experiences. Some of them behave like they're a bit incredulous and a bit condescending (maybe they're just a tad unpleasant individuals and my radar is detecting some false waves) when you're all by yourself looking to buy a car if it fits your requirements, but others were very professional, very down to earth. Where I do have a problem is compromising on some of the "functionalities" and then regretting I wasn't bolder with my decisions. If OH is with me I have the sensation I'd get the most expensive car we can afford and that is not really my thing. When we go far away or on holiday we always take the "better" car anyway. I started driving on such a crappy car I can basically drive everything but the choice range is so huge we'd be fools if we weren't picky customers.
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Old 11.10.2018, 18:50
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Finally! Someone who isn't being dismissive of the marque.

OP's wife was very specific with her objections to the particular car she was gifted, and I agree with her that both points make driving unpleasant. Reversing sensors are a godsend when there are people (particularly little people) chattering in the car. I've even had them go off on a hire car when a cat ran across the rear whilst I was reverse parking.

For the OP, of the few dozen hire cars I've had over the last 2yrs, the one in the same category as the C4, that most impressed me, was the Vauxhall / Opel Mokka. It's an absolutely cracking car with great visibility (contrary to what you would expect looking at the design). I've done some serious motorway miles in Mokkas, and couldn't find a blindspot, which made changing lanes, an absolute dream, and many of those miles were with 2 child seats and a booster on the back seat. Also folded the back seat down and had 3 large suitcases in the back, with space for a 4th. I've had two different specs of the Mokka and would definitely go for the one that has a manual (physical) handbrake.
This. I love my Mokka...
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Old 11.10.2018, 20:36
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Sounds like it is perfectly long-term parked in a backyard.
It runs like a mini dream! Don't be jealous.
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Old 11.10.2018, 20:53
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It runs like a mini dream! Don't be jealous.
I already am ... (because I found the brand Mini in the above sentence)
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