Prince Harry’s Audi RS6 up for sale
Ordinarily, a low mileage 2017 Audi RS6 Avant wouldn’t create much of a stir, but one advertised recently on Auto Trader did, because it was previously owned by the Duke of Sussex, better known as Prince Harry.
While it might not be in the class of the electric Jaguar E-Type Zero chosen for his wedding to Meghan Markle, the 4-litre Audi still packs a punch, with a twin-turbo V8 generating 552bhp, and the Dynamics Package taking the top speed to a mighty 174mph.
Despite lacking the prestigious Quattro badge (a sign that the Prince was intent on being as inconspicuous as possible?), £71,900 seems a fair price for a model with just 4,464 miles on the clock and some £11,000 of optional extras.
Used car buyers expect second-to-none dealer service
Used buyers now demand the same level of service they’d get if they were buying a brand new car, according to automotive video specialist, CitNOW.
However, its research also found that around a quarter of consumers had had a negative experience when buying used.
With three-year PCP finance deals pushing newer, more desirable models into the used marketplace, Alistair Horsburgh, CEO of CitNOW, says: “In a fiercely competitive used market, retailers must consider these types of customer touchpoints, or risk falling behind.
“Our research shows that the service and product expectations of the modern used car buyer are growing increasingly similar to those buying brand new. The customer experience must be second-to-none.”
New survey shows drivers in the North East take most pride in their cars
Drivers in the North East are more likely to change their car regularly, and care most about how their car looks, according to new research by Opinium.
The survey of 2,000 UK motorists, commissioned by InsuretheGap.com, found that 41% of car owners in the North East bought a new car every two to four years, compared to a national average of just 28%.
24% of respondents in the North East said they’d rather buy new than second-hand, even if it cost a lot more, compared to a national average of 19%.
Further still, only 14% of North East drivers said they’d make do with a hand-me-down car, compared to a national average of 21%.
Ben Wooltorton, chief operating officer at InsuretheGap, commented: “Throughout our survey, the North East consistently came out as the region where people take most pride in their cars.
“Interestingly, it was also the region least likely to be prepared to move away from traditional petrol and diesel cars. The region appears to be every car salesperson’s dream.”
Learn from the trade: use rightsizing to find the best van
To identify the LCV which best fits their needs, used van buyers can follow an approach being adopted by ever more commercial operators: rightsizing.
Research by vehicle leasing firm Arval shows that 17% of fleets changed the size of vans they operated last year.
8% of companies surveyed said they had chosen bigger vans, while 9% had acquired smaller vehicles.
“Rightsizing works both ways – it is inefficient to use a smaller vehicle for a job that really needs a bigger van, and vice versa,” said Shaun Sadlier, head of Arval’s corporate vehicle observatory in the UK.
“This is because of factors such as optimising the payload and maximising fuel consumption.”
Interestingly, the trend was different for big and small fleets. Companies with fewer than 10 vehicles lead the switch to larger vans, while fleets with more than 50 vehicles tended to go smaller.
Be wary buying cars for cash… even if you can’t remember your signature!
Over half of UK adults rarely use a written signature, according to new research by Online Spy Shop, which can be problematic when it comes to buying big ticket items like cars.
The cyber security consultancy found that 15% of under 24s can’t even remember the last time they signed their name, due to the rise of first chip and pin, and now contactless bank cards.
In contrast, most over-55s say they still have a consistent signature, but even among this demographic 7% can’t remember the last time they used it.
Former head of the Financial Ombudsman Service, Natalie Ceeney, commented: “Many people pay for most things digitally but, at the same time, there are between two and three million people across the UK who are entirely reliant on cash.”
Mycarcheck has long advised against making cash payments for vehicles, especially in the private marketplace.
Too many unsuspecting consumers have handed over envelopes of hard-earned £20 notes in a pub or supermarket car park, only to find out later that they’ve been scammed.
Volvo V40 wins Safest Used Car Award for 2018
Volvo’s V40 hatchback has won top prize at the Co-op Insurance Safest Used Car Awards, for the third year in a row.
Run in partnership with automotive research centre, Thatcham, the event celebrates family cars with the highest safety ratings.
Having won first place in both 2016 and 2017, the V40 with the Driver Support Pack made it a hat-trick for the Swedish manufacturer.
2018’s winner was selected from a wide range of models which had all achieved a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, had CO2 emissions of no more than 120g/km, and are available used for less than £15,000.
Cars that met these minimum criteria were then further evaluated for crash worthiness, including ratings for adult, child and pedestrian protection.
Not only does the V40 come with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard, it was also the first car to be fitted with a pedestrian airbag.
The Driver Support Pack adds extra aids, including pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, lane assist and blind spot assist.
“We wanted to enable families to make informed decisions when it comes to buying a used car,” said Nick Ansley, head of motor at Co-op Insurance.