Tuesday 12 December 2017

TMI on mattresses; why retrofitting is a waste; second chance to splash €350,000

Lamborghini Centenario
Lamborghini Centenario
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

I think automotive experts HPI might be guilty of giving us Too Much Information (TMI).

In their earnest endeavours to highlight how we are narrowing the periods between our new-car purchases, they got stuck into some gritty figures about what happens in, and to, beds.

HPI says, according to their data, that consumers are changing their cars more often than they change their mattress and bedding.

"In recent years, the length of time motorists own a car has plummeted, creating a world where consumers are likely to change their car more often than their mobile phone or their bedding," they say.

The growth of - you guessed it - personal contract plans (PCPs) is having "a profound effect", they report.

But in a bizarre attempt to contrast the rate of change of cars with that of mattresses, they use some truly yucky figures.

The experts they quote claim that mattresses should be changed every seven/eight years "to ensure a good and healthy night's sleep".

After seven years, apparently, a mattress "will become home to considerable unpleasantness with an average adults losing 285ml of fluid each night and shedding 454g of dead skin cells each year".

TMI underscore.

All that to show we are buying cars more frequently? I need to lie down . . .

• Car-value experts Glass say you could be throwing money down the drain if your motor has retrofit add-ons such as big bore exhausts, after-market alloys and tinted glass.

These can put off potential used-car buyers and "destroy values" they say.

The company's Andy Cutler explains how non-manufacturer options suggest that you may have been a boy racer and that he car might have been driven hard.

It doesn't necessarily follow but you can see what he means.

He says: "To the previous owners, particularly younger drivers, these retro-fitted extras must have increased the overall appeal of the car.

"However, when it's time to sell or part exchange, such enhancements put many buyers off, even when they have been fitted really well, due to the image that they portray."

He adds bluntly: "When it comes to the retrofit market and car values, our advice is very simple. Don't."

Now that's some real advice. And not a mention of a mattress.

• It's happening steadily and quietly, Toyota say. We are buying more hybrids. Sales figures show 28pc of Auris and 23.3pc of Yaris models sold in July were hybrid.

Overall, hybrids accounted for one-in-eight Toyota sales this year. The rise to 1,724 (Jan-July inclusive) marks a big rise on the 758 for 2015.

• Disappointed your application for a €350,000 Ford GT didn't make it? Join 6,500 others.

But there is hope. Ford say potential customers who didn't get one from the first batch can re-apply in 2018. That's good of them isn't it?

• Lamborghini's €2.5m Centenario roadster sold out before it even made its debut at Monterey Car Week. It's a crazy, unequal world.

• After it emerged that Ford has trademarked the Model E name, it seems its electric line-up will include a compact SUV and a Focus-based motor.

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