One day, at the end of March. The last day of my holiday in fact, an alert sounded on my mobile phone. It was an eBay alert for a saved search that I had set a few months previous. Opening up the link proved to be the best thing I’ve ever done (other than marrying my better half) 😉
There before me was the car I’d been waiting for the last few months. The price was right. The mileage was right. The colour was right. Everything was perfect. A quick call to the dealer proved to be even more perfect. The easiest car deal I’ve ever done and all over the telephone, with a deal that seemed so unbelievable to be true. But it was ! A deposit was paid to take it off sale, pending my viewing of it the following day and a six hour round journey.
So early the following morning, off we set on our merry way to Milton Keynes. It poured down all the way but that didn’t dampen my spirits. Far from it! The RT6 Sat Nav took us straight to the door of the dealer, without a hiccup.
Exchanging our greetings with the very nice salesman, Jim, I was keen to see the car in question. I’d already spotted it out of the corner of my eye, which was quite remarkable in the circumstances. More of that in a moment but first I was handed the keys and off I went to see this beauty of a car. What struck me immediately, was that it was even more gorgeous in the flesh than any photos I’ve seen and that says a lot. Checking over the paintwork carefully and looking closely at every mm of the alloys, looking for any curbing, proved that Jim was right when he said the car was unmarked. With hardly any mileage on the clock, it was in essence, brand new. Inevitably, the remaining thing to do was take it for a test drive.
Therein was the problem. You see, I had a contact lens malfunction which meant that I couldn’t see properly, so John, my better half, who had driven us down to Milton Keynes, would have to do the test drive. Jim, our lovely salesman, looked of an age where he would struggle to climb in the back of the car, so I volunteered to clamber in the back. Not a pretty sight ! Starting the car up, it sounded awesome. When John floored the throttle, I saw THE most enormous grin spread across his face. There it stayed for the rest of the test drive. Damn! This was a bad move. He’d be forever wanting to drive the car once I got it home 😦
I didn’t need to drive the car to know that this car was for me. So there and then, I signed on the dotted line and collection was arranged for Good Friday, which was only five days away. Boy did those five days drag and it was a far cry from the 10 months I’d waited for my very first RCZ to arrive.
Oh and upon leaving, the dealership manager came over to me, handed me his business card and said “if you ever want to arrange a meet here, we’d love to oblige.” In my initial conversation with the salesman, he had mentioned that I seemed to know a lot about the car. I explained that I ran an Owners Group on Facebook so word must have got round. Well it’s got to have some benefits 🙂
I also had the added pleasure of seeing Suzanne Letting’s gorgeous RCZ R as we pulled out of the dealership. She gave us such a huge wave. It was icing on the cake to a great day 🙂
So Good Friday finally arrived. Collection day. Yippee !
So what was this car I was collecting. Not the new Audi TT as I naughtily reported on the FB Group on April Fools Day. Oh god no!
This was the stunningly beautiful and powerful, Peugeot RCZ R !
A K&N filter was ordered and fitted along with personalised mats and some very special “R” puddle lights. Not forgetting that she was also treated to Shell V Power to give her the best start in life and to keep that engine well lubricated. Did I call her she ? Ah yes. So what do you call a car that you buy from Milton Keynes? What’s Milton Keynes famous for? Ah yes, roundabouts and plastic cows. So that was it. Daisy was duly named!
The following days and weeks of ownership have been quite awesome. Now being the proud owner of my third RCZ, the R is a totally different beast to drive compared to the previous Zs. It feels completely different. All the adjustments that Peugeot have made to it certainly seem to have worked. It drives better. It hugs the road even better than I ever thought was possible. And those seats just hug you in to make the experience even more special. But more than that, the speed of acceleration is quite incredible and brings a huge grin to my face every single time. it’s quite a brute 🙂
By the way, my worst fears have come true. My better half keeps coming up with reasons to drive my R 😦
So now the word is out. For more than a month I have kept the R a secret. Can you imagine how difficult that is when all I wanted to do was post photos of my beautiful girl?
Oh and I think I owe Peter Garratt a pint and a meal for keeping my secret too 🙂
Now it’s time to set off for the 4th Annual Yorkshire Meet 🙂