Buying a brand new car should theoretically be an exciting and thrilling experience. But all too often we hear stories of what should be one of the most enjoyable days a car enthusiast can have being turned into a nightmare by a car dealership.
You know what I mean. You roll up, with a big wedge of hard-earned cash, all ready to treat yourself to a brand spanking new motor, only to be greeted by a pushy salesperson who is only interested in selling you a load of bewildering extras that you don't want, and even when you finally cave in and agree to buy them, he then tells you that yes, whilst it is theoretically possible to buy a car in the specification you requested, it will take from now until the very end of time for it to actually arrive.
"Although if you'd like to follow me, sir. You can have this pre-registered model right now which is exactly the same as the car you wanted, apart from being completely different in every way."
I once went into a main dealership wanting to buy a blue car with a petrol engine and five doors and was immediately ushered in the direction of a diesel model with two doors painted the colour of something that came out of the back end of a newborn baby.
Happily, help is now at hand from Dacia, purveyors of eminently sensible cars such as the Sandero, Logan and Duster. They've just launched their own online sales portal which neatly side-steps any need to visit a physical dealership to purchase a brand new car.
The new site, the snappily-titled 'Dacia Buy Online', allows every stage of your new car purchase to be taken care of online. This means you can arrange finance, value your old car for a part exchange and purchase service and warranty packages. You can even arrange for your shiny new car to be delivered to your home without having to leave the comfort of your favourite armchair.
The upshot is that you can now buy yourself a new Dacia from literally anywhere you can get online. To ram the point home, the Romanian car firm have opened what could well be the world's smallest dealership, a kiosk situated inside a bus stop on the A64 in Yorkshire.
I'll be honest, when I first heard about the kiosk, I thought they were being a bit daft. But think about it, imagine being sat on a slow, smelly bus as it crawls it's way across the North York Moors from Pickering to Whitby (which is lovely, by the way). You're stuck there with vomit and blood shloshing around in the isle whilst yobbos play awful 'choons' at full noise through the crappy speaker on their nicked pay-as-you-go mobile phones.
I think I'd get off at the bus stop and order a Dacia, don't you? Besides, even if it did take until the end of time to arrive, it'd still be quicker than the bus.