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The truth will out…

Is this fella Britain’s most truthful car seller? We think he just might be. Honesty is always best when describing anything you sell, and the fashion for describing vehicles faults-and-all is only to be welcomed. But Nigel Stewart-Stone, a dad tasked with selling his young ‘un’s Renault, takes utter frankness to a new level. His advert says: "This car belonged to my 19 year old son, who now has a new car, I can only apologise for the state of it, clearly he will treat his new one the same.

"OK, the passenger side has a large dent on it, where my son tried to climb the corner of my house... The clutch is now slipping, again he did not know this, as loud music is the preferred thing, and could not hear it slipping, just wondered why it took him longer to get up a hill!!!

"Still there is enough clutch left to get you home, I think?

"Surprisingly the electric windows still work well, considering the amount of times they go up and down calling to his mates, and banter with the passing girls, many of whom have been taken for rides in the car, which may explain the passenger seat not moving back and forth anymore, still makes it hard for them to escape his deafening music.

Crappy Clio

"There may or may not be any oil and water in the car, despite me repeatedly telling him to make sure it was maintained, I believe he thought this meant sitting in it on the driveway listening to his music whilst having a smoke.

"He would have washed it occasionally, but said, "not really worth it now is it dad", as it’s got a big dent on it!!! And anyway, surely I would know if it needed oil, the red light would come on!!

The response to the ad from all over the world has been terrific. Eventually, Nigel decided to donate the car to a deserving cause. Good lad!

Let’s be careful out there

In other news: a few inches of snowfall have caused predictable chaos across the UK. Now we’d expected the Scots, being hardy souls, to cope better than we English softies do.

Crashed Cupra

But apparently not all do. The driver of this SEAT Leon Cupra – the Spanish car-maker’s answer to the Golf GTi – clearly forgot the snow and ice beneath his tyres and got it badly wrong in this Edinburgh street. And his inattention has cost him dear, for he (or she) has managed to career over the railings surrounding this building, wedging the vehicle between the pavement and the basement wall. Interestingly, and to judge from the pic, this driver has managed to leap the car over the railings and into the gap - look carefully and the street ironwork appears to be intact.

The mishap occurred just before 7am, so perhaps the driver wasn’t fully awake beforehand. At least or she was, according to police, uninjured, although the car was in a sorry state.

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