After about 10 months of whinging at me for not sorting out test drives for her in a Mazda RX8 (quite why I need to put the leg work in I am not sure
) I finally took my mum out for the day too look at cars to replace her ageing Tigra.
Her criteria is quite simple needs to look good, sporty and fun but have space for the grandchildren, so can't be a 2 seater.
In an effort to steer her away from the Mazda (I am not a fan) I lined up alternatives like the Mini and TT not even considering an Alfa for my mother.
She completely disregarded the new TT and said she'd rather buy the old shape, fair enough, I liked it personally but its not for me and I am not spending the dosh.
The Mini ticked loads of boxes for her, she likes the Retro appeal, her ideal car is actually something like a Morgan but obviously these are not fit for her purpose.
We took the Mazda out, she really liked it, in fact I even liked it this time, 3 yrs on from my first test drive it seems to have improved but when it came to pricing it up she wasn't too happy and turned to me and said 'for £24k I could buy an Alfa Brera, thats a much better brand and has style' apart from being completely shocked that my mum would consider an Alfa and without any persuasion from me whatsoever I completely agreed
We all know the Brera isn't as good to drive as an RX8 but my mum goes everywhere at 40mph so performance is not really a consideration.
So I need to line up a Brera test drive for my mum
the thing is with dwindling dealers in the UK, overpriced servicing and lack of any good dealers anymore
can I really let my mum buy an Alfa? me I have some level of tolerance for the odd niggle and fix myself, I am also able to defend myself against unscrupulous dealers as I have an idea of whats what, but can I really let my mum have a new Alfa? I am not sure I should.
Would you let your Mum have one with the current state of Alfa in the UK?
What else should I look at that I might not have considered.