Before she died, Les and I had talked about getting rid of the Corolla when she retired. We both agreed on what we wanted. A bit smaller, newer, more powerful, more "image".
Last Christmas, I realised that, to find the spec. I wanted as "nearly-new" would be impossible for probably another 12 months and, if I am to enjoy my "mini breaks away" I wasn't prepared to wait that long. The order for a new car was therefore placed early in January, with a predicted hand-over of late April/early May. In the intervening weeks, the dealership has been first-rate with regular courtesy calls and updates, including the good news that the "build-date" had been brought forward by the factory by two weeks. Keeping my personal reg.was no problem; all the paperwork was handled by them and the LE51DOD plates were on the car when I collected it.
The dealership; well, they trade as Birmingham Audi, are actually based in Shirley but we all know them as LISTERS. And I have to say that, from the very first time I walked into their showroom, they have been absolutely brilliant. (Unlike the first (and only) contact with my "local" Audi dealer in Halesowen. There, the salesman intimated that they really weren't interested in selling A1's (too little profit on them) unless they assessed that the next purchase would be a "bigger" Audi and which in my case it clearly would not be).
Needless to say, I curtailed the discussion, walked out and rang Listers.