One of the letters that was waiting for us when we got back from our holiday was one from the car finance company reminding me that the payments had almost been made on our Golf and that it was almost time for the final balloon payment on the credit agreement. The letter of course was tempting me with a new car – the whole reason they offer the deal.
Being the end of the deal, also means that the first MOT on the car was due, which is what we had today. It’s also one of the infrequent occasions when I get to drive Beth’s car – the Ford Focus that I replaced with the Golf three years ago. Every time it reminds me why I replaced it – and of course you only need to look through the entire category on the blog devoted to me grumbling about the car to realise quite how I feel about it.
As such, I’ve regularly thought about getting rid of it – usually more so after an experience with Reg Vardy. What is even more of a push is if I follow that up with an experience at our local VW dealer, Ridgeway. So a lousy experience a few weeks ago with Reg Vardy, followed by the MOT today, and where did we end up whilst we were picking the car up? Looking at new cars…
It has to be said, that Mrs Peat has fallen for this one – an ex-demonstration Polo Dune 1.4 TDI. It’s only nine months old, and being a demonstrator only has a few thousand miles on the clock. Basically the Dune is a normal Polo but looking a bit SUV-ish. It does have a bit of a higher sitting position than the regular car, plus alongside the styling tweaks has bigger wheels, and the suspension lifted by 20mm. Bearing in mind that Beth used to drive a Dodge Dakota in Canada the SUV-ish look does tend to appeal to her, alongside the small size that she misses from her Ford Fiesta.
We took it out for a test-drive too – it’s not got the same level of power as the Golf, and does sound a lot more diesel like at low-revs. However it is pretty nippy, and cruises quite comfortably at motorway speeds. So for what Beth needs, which is a good little run-around to go to work and back, and make occasional motorway trips it’s fine. Oh, and it can hook up to an iPod too… 🙂
The dealer seems to be proposing some complicated modification of our credit agreement whereby we continue the agreement paying off the Golf, buying the Polo and trading in the Focus – and gave it a pretty good go at trying to persuade us that the finance deal was a good idea, but I’m leaning more towards keeping it all separate. That sort of deal is inevitably totally confusing and as a result probably much the better deal for the dealer. Not that I’m complaining – I did somewhat skewer them on the Golf as it was the end of September and the salesman was within a few sales of wining a prize for salesman of the month, so it’s only sporting to give them a chance to sell us their credit agreement.