First McLaren, still lost on models

First McLaren, still lost on models

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davek_964

7,009 posts

134 months

Tuesday 13th October
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Kent Border Kenny said:
I'm not criticising anyone who is uncomfortable with exposing themselves to risk, but am a little disappointed that McLaren themselves aren't able to accommodate.
Sorry if you've already stated it - but what dealers have you tried? Admittedly it wasn't during Covid, but I had no problems with a test drive at Ascot - in fact, I had two before I decided to buy.

I didn't know that AB didn't provide test drives - in fact, as somebody that keeps thinking about selling, I was nervous to consider him because I didn't like the idea of people taking my car out if it didn't sell and I had it back. Knowing that he doesn't allow test drives makes it more likely I'd use him in future, so handy to know.

Personally, I agree that you do need to drive one. I was very surprised when I test drove mine - it was not what I was expecting at all - and actually, if you didn't like Porsche, I wonder if you'll get on with McLaren. Although it is much much better - I would say my test drive felt more Porsche than Ferrari - and it changed my view about which car I was part exchanging.

drcarrera

645 posts

184 months

Tuesday 13th October
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The couple of Mclaren dealers I've contacted recently have implied they're limiting test drives due to Covid, which is fair enough, I guess. But like Kenny, I haven't driven either a 650 or 570 (the two options I'm considering) so it's a problem! There's so little around at the moment I doubt I'd buy yet anyway but as it looks like restrictions are going to be around for some time I'm not sure I'll be able to buy one even if I wait until the new year.

Edited by drcarrera on Tuesday 13th October 11:24

supersport

3,097 posts

186 months

Tuesday 13th October
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We had a three hour test drive in a 720S on Friday, OMG what a car. But this was a special event they were doing over a couple of days, so
I am not sure what their usual approach would be.

If it had been the usual 20 minute around the block kind of thing, I wouldn't be buying. It took some to time to adjust to it and then enjoy Sport mode (hold on to your hat).

And I personally would never buy a car without a test drive.

The dealers don't seem to be generally open, all by appointment only. The Lambo dealer next door had two cars outside that were very clearly for test drives. But again no entry without an appointment.

Kent Border Kenny

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1,601 posts

19 months

Tuesday 13th October
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davek_964 said:
Sorry if you've already stated it - but what dealers have you tried? Admittedly it wasn't during Covid, but I had no problems with a test drive at Ascot - in fact, I had two before I decided to buy.

I didn't know that AB didn't provide test drives - in fact, as somebody that keeps thinking about selling, I was nervous to consider him because I didn't like the idea of people taking my car out if it didn't sell and I had it back. Knowing that he doesn't allow test drives makes it more likely I'd use him in future, so handy to know.

Personally, I agree that you do need to drive one. I was very surprised when I test drove mine - it was not what I was expecting at all - and actually, if you didn't like Porsche, I wonder if you'll get on with McLaren. Although it is much much better - I would say my test drive felt more Porsche than Ferrari - and it changed my view about which car I was part exchanging.
It was Ascot that I visited, and (which is fair enough) they aren't going to let a new customer out on their own, and at the moment don't want to be sitting in a car alongside me either.

Had I claimed I was trying with a view to making an immediate deal, they would have let me agree a price, arrange and demonstrate finance, and then be allowed a drive before signing, but I decided that I didn't like the one that they actually had, and I wasn't going to be a dick by pretending that I'd be buying it if I wasn't.

Kent Border Kenny

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1,601 posts

19 months

Tuesday 13th October
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drcarrera said:
The couple of Mclaren dealers I've contacted recently have implied they're limiting test drives due to Covid, which is fair enough, I guess. But like Kenny, I haven't driven either a 650 or 570 (the two options I'm considering) so it's a problem! There's so little around at the moment I doubt I'd buy yet anyway but as it looks like restrictions are going to be around for some time I'm not sure I'll be able to buy one even if I wait until the new year.

Edited by drcarrera on Tuesday 13th October 11:24
I'm going to buy because I'm feeling a bit miserable after working from home since March, so probably want to go ahead, even without a drive. It's not sensible at all, but I'm not looking forward to sitting in this same seat on my own through the winter, and want something to cheer me up a bit.

I realised that the R8 only gets taken out now to give it a run once every few weeks, and that's because it's just not a great car on roads that aren't perfectly smooth.

12pack

1,144 posts

127 months

Wednesday 14th October
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Kent Border Kenny said:
I realised that the R8 only gets taken out now to give it a run once every few weeks, and that's because it's just not a great car on roads that aren't perfectly smooth.
Like my V12Vantage. Which is why you may prefer the 650.....

Kent Border Kenny

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1,601 posts

19 months

Wednesday 14th October
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12pack said:
Like my V12Vantage. Which is why you may prefer the 650.....
Yes, I think that the 650 is definitely the way to go.

The magnetic ride on my previous V8 R8 made it an excellent GT car, it was just lovely on a long drive, and of course, very good on the twisty roads.

I should have bought a newer non “plus” R8 convertible, but I was really impressed by how much more precise the handling was on the firmer one on my short test drive than the V8, so jumped straight in.

I’m going to see a 650 on Saturday, hopefully to agree a deal. It’ll have just returned from a McLaren service, which I’m hoping means that anything that did need attention will have been done.

The trade-in on the R8 is (unsurprisingly) a bit low, probably £5k less than I could get pricing it for a relatively quick sale, which is enough that I may as well see if I can sell it myself.

I’ll need to work out what I do with the SL63 next. It’s done 800 miles since new.ll

AstonExige

549 posts

66 months

Wednesday 14th October
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Before you pull the trigger, make sure you test drive a 720s driving Nothing to lose......unless you don't smile

Kent Border Kenny

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1,601 posts

19 months

Wednesday 14th October
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AstonExige said:
Before you pull the trigger, make sure you test drive a 720s driving Nothing to lose......unless you don't smile
I want a spider, and am not going to spend £200k as my first step into a new brand. If I get on with the 650s I’ll probably upgrade in a hear.

Kent Border Kenny

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1,601 posts

19 months

Friday 23rd October
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To finish off the thread, I’ve bought a low mileage 650s Spider, and it should be delivered next week.

I’ve also decided not to sell the SL63 yet, I’ll have another think about that in the spring.

RSbandit

1,287 posts

91 months

Friday 23rd October
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Congrats and health to drive...post some pics once you have it!

justin220

4,480 posts

163 months

Friday 23rd October
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Kent Border Kenny said:
To finish off the thread, I’ve bought a low mileage 650s Spider, and it should be delivered next week.

I’ve also decided not to sell the SL63 yet, I’ll have another think about that in the spring.
Awesome. Congratulations.. I bet it grows on you and the SL becomes unused quite quickly

Matty3

724 posts

43 months

Friday 23rd October
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Big congratulations - be prepared to be stopped by total strangers wanting to discuss your fabulous motor with you smile

650spider

1,289 posts

130 months

Friday 23rd October
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You will love the 650...

rickyneil

84 posts

83 months

Friday 23rd October
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Congratulations! Invest the £50 to join the owner’s club

AstonExige

549 posts

66 months

Friday 23rd October
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Congrats!!! How many sleepless nights? smile

Kent Border Kenny

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1,601 posts

19 months

Saturday 24th October
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AstonExige said:
Congrats!!! How many sleepless nights? smile
I asked for it to be delivered Wednesday, but if it’s dry this afternoon I think I’ll take a taxi over and get it today.

I know it’s silly wanting to get it in the dry, but I’d like to see it freshly detailed at home just once before it gets plastered in autumn muck.

12pack

1,144 posts

127 months

Saturday 24th October
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Kent Border Kenny said:
To finish off the thread, I’ve bought a low mileage 650s Spider, and it should be delivered next week.

I’ve also decided not to sell the SL63 yet, I’ll have another think about that in the spring.
Congrats - great choice smile.

And there’s no finishing off of this thread until you post photos....

Kent Border Kenny

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1,601 posts

19 months

Saturday 24th October
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Turns out the weather forecast was wrong, and I drove home in biblical amounts of rain.

Pictures if the sun ever comes out again.

8003px

150 posts

114 months

Sunday 1st November
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Interested in your views now you have collected and what's to become of the SL63 as i loved mine and am now thinking of going the Mclaren route