Used car dealers told CarGurus that they have come face-to-face with snakes, parrots and a rifle on test drives in a survey to determine the most bizarre things car buyers brought along for the ride.
The online car retail platform – founded by TripAdvisor co-founder Langley Steinert – claims to have “surveyed thousands” of its independent UK used car dealer partners to give an insight into the peculiar foibles of British car buyers.
And it found that a 12-foot snake, a mattress and a pair of parrots were among the strangest things that potential car buyers have brought along to a test drive.
Dealers revealed that many people bring their pets – including fish, cats, a Great Dane in a child’s car seat, snakes and even a horse – to their test drive and several reported customers bringing the ashes of dead relatives.
Here is CarGurus’ top 10 most bizarre things buyers brought to test drive:
A ‘lucky’ egg
A 12-foot pet snake
The ashes of a deceased relative
Chris Knapman, editor of CarGurus, said: “These examples might be at the extremes of what car buyers have brought along on test drives, but they do highlight the importance of making sure a potential purchase is fit for purpose.
“After all, it’d be a shame to get your new car home only to discover your beloved 12-foot pet snake didn’t fit in the boot.”