Dealerships go digital

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The Skoda Kodiaq is one of the models available for a digital tour.

For those who work Monday to Friday, 9-5, hunting for a new car can be a difficult. As most dealerships are closed on Sundays, and finish early on Saturdays, the window for finding your next set of wheels can be a little small.

Skoda, however, has opened its first digital showroom, allowing people to view cars from the comfort of their couch. Currently running as a pilot project in Spanish dealerships, Skoda consultants can use video calls to speak to customers and take them through their vehicles. It’s a nifty idea – twelve stationary and four mobile cameras can show the vehicles from different perspectives both inside and out, demonstrate features or answer specific questions.

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Finding the perfect new car

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I recently got the itch to swap my car for a newer model, and as a result spent several Saturdays travelling from one dealer to another around Dublin, hoping to find the perfect combination of condition, mileage, style and price – no easy task. There are a few tips and tricks you can employ, however, to make the search for your new car a little easier.

Dealer or private?

The age-old question – do you buy private or trek along the forecourts? It’s definitely a tricky one. Dealer cars are generally more expensive but usually come with a warranty and hopefully a service, and you can rely on your consumer rights should you realise they’ve sold you a lemon. However, just because it’s a dealership doesn’t mean they’re reliable. Always do your research beforehand – search forums like Boards.ie for other peoples’ experiences.

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£150k bill for short lived Porsche owner

The Boxster in its original form. Photo: Reece Garside Photography via Flicr.
The Boxster in its original form. Photo: Reece Garside Photography via Flickr.

A Chinese driver managed to destroy her £50k Porsche Boxster – moments after leaving the dealership. Ping Ch’ang had just picked up her new Porsche from a showroom in Shenyang when she apparently confused the accelerator with the brake, and promptly shot forward into queue of cars waiting at the traffic lights.

Salesman Qiang Chiu was undoubtedly a little surprised. “”We were still waving her goodbye when she shot forward and there was a tremendous bang,” he said, according to the Mirror. “We’d warned her that it was a very powerful car.”

Chinese police have said that as all other cars were stopped, the Porsche driver is responsible, and will have to foot the bill for repairs for all cars involved, and compensation to the drivers, said to be around £150k overall.

Luckily, there were no injuries in the accident (except for the driver’s pride) and for the meantime, the broken Boxster is back at the garage as mechanics attempt to undertake extensive repairs. At least it didn’t have far to go.