A survey of used car dealers across the UK has revealed the bizarre questions some are asked by customers.
You really couldn’t make some of these up…
One of the oddest requests that website CarGurus heard about was from a man buying a new car. He requested to take it home to check if his dog liked it first.
Another customer, worryingly, wanted to see if a coffin would fit in the back of a Ford Mondeo.
“Can you make this left-hand drive?” is at least a car-related question, although it’s a fairly unusual request. Then again, so is “Would you take animals or property as payment?”. We’re not sure what to make of that.
Peculiar but fundamentally harmless is “Can I check the chassis number to see if it’s lucky?”. While “Can I take my 80-year-old wife for a test-drive to scare her?” is hopefully meant in jest.
A request for a tape deck also featured in the CarGurus list. “Can you put the seats down so I can see if I can sleep in the back?” sounds a bit suggestive. And “Can you fill it with balloons and put a bow on it?” is really quite sweet.
Also highlighted in the results were strange requests about accommodating possessions. These included a long bow, a double bass, a tuba and a car seat.
That last one isn’t so odd, until you learn the customer wanted the child seat on the rear shelf of his two-seat Toyota MR2…
Then there are the customers who try to get cheeky. Some ask for an extended multi-month test drive so they can decide what to buy. Others want the car for six months before they pay so they can raise the cash.
There are shipping requests, too: Malta, Australia, Nigeria and more. One customer even wanted a car shipped hundreds of miles to view it, without any guarantee of a buying.