I bought a different car when I got fed up of the delays to the UK JCW
Clubman - though the situation was largely forced upon me, as my old Cooper S wasn't going to last until this July (when I got rid of it in January there were real signs of it not lasting until February).
But in a different climate I might have been tempted to buy a car to "tide me over" until the JCW
was available; in the current climate, I bagged a brand new Golf R32 for exactly the same money that I was going to spend on the JCW
. VW had R32s unsold, with high fuel prices, high road tax prices, a new model of Golf arriving and the credit crunch all contributing towards an environment that meant they had to give DEEP discounts of the old model R32. Much as I loved the MINI's size, shape, handling and overall character, have no doubt that the current climate has put me into a bigger, better car.
Though I believe the tide is turning. With the big cutbacks in production everywhere and the Government's scrappage scheme providing the one big bargaining tool, I hear that most dealerships are now unwilling to cut a good deal, and as stocks have run lower the waiting time on new cars has now increased significantly.