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Buying A New Car Is Not Just A Matter Of Luck

Buying A New Car Is Not Just A Matter Of Luck

Have you heard the story about the man who found a four-leaf clover? As he turned to celebrate with his friends he tripped over a log and broke his leg. During the ensuing ruckus he also lost the clover. This is the nature of luck.

With the well publicised arrival of the number 13 registration plate the car market has been abuzz with concerns about the effect this will have on new car sales. To make sure that their customers are protected from the evil machinations of the DVLA, Alfa Romeo are giving away key rings in the shape of their iconic green Cloverleaf symbol the Quadrifoglio Verde. If that isn’t enough to tempt buyers to the unquestionably attractive range of cars they are also offering some rather special deals.

Alfa’s Cloverleaf has been around since 1923 when the famous Alfa Romeo racing driver Ugo Sivocci lined up for that most historic of races, the Targa Florio, and carried one for luck. It worked and he won the race. Alfa took this on board and their cars carried the symbol thereafter, winning the next six Targa’s. What the company aren’t telling you is that poor old Ugo was killed at Monza that very same year. His car was number 17 and not 13 as you might expect. No Italian racer has used that race number since.

A person’s life with cars should not be unlucky. There is no doubt that we all, from time to time, get a duff one. Because a car is coloured green does not make it bad, for example (although this writer would never, ever, buy one – long story). Car ownership is just a part of life and life, as you know, can sometimes be unfair; but it isn’t the car’s fault.

Choosing a new car isn’t a matter of luck, it is a matter of effort. The canny buyer will put in the hours to pick over the choice on offer. He will consider what the car is for and who will ride in it. He will look at fuel economy, running costs and take into account eco-issues, or not. Does the chosen one have a five star safety rating? Does it come with all mod-cons like Bluetooth and climate control?

There should a be a class leading warranty on offer and it may make sense to know if the car has a proper spare tyre, a space-saver or one of those kits which many drivers find incomprehensible. Some unlucky people only find this out when they get a flat. In the rain. With the kids in the car.

Don’t leave things to the fickle finger of fate. Do your homework and you’ll find that luck has nothing to do with it. Proudly show off your 13 plate as you drive off the forecourt with the cheers of the grateful dealership staff ringing in your ears. Everyone loves a hero. Don’t let silly, illogical superstitions ruin your earthly pleasures. Buy a new car with confidence. Everything will be fine.

Fingers crossed, obviously.

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