Dead relatives and 12-foot snakes – the weirdest things car buyers have taken on test drives

Dead relatives and 12-foot snakes – the weirdest things car buyers have taken on test drives
Dead relatives and 12-foot snakes – the weirdest things car buyers have taken on test drives

A 12-foot snake, a mattress and the ashes of a dead relative are among the weird and wonderful things car buyers have taken out on test drives in the last year.

Car dealers across the country have been dishing the dirt on the strangest things customers have brought with them, ranging from the relatively normal musical instruments to animals, weapons and even a “lucky” egg.

Testing procedures

At least one potential buyer brought along a relative’s ashes on their test drive. (Picture: Shutterstock)

Thousands of used car dealers were asked about their weirdest test drive experiences of the last 12 months as part of a study by used car marketplace CarGurus.

Musicians bringing their instruments was a relatively common occurrence, with buyers bringing everything from an accordion and double bass to a drum kit to make sure they would fit in the car.

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Pets also made regular appearances, including cats, dogs and fish as well as parrots, snakes and even a horse.

10 most bizarre things buyers brought to test drive

  1. A ‘lucky’ egg
  2. A horse
  3. A rifle
  4. A 12-foot pet snake
  5. An accordion
  6. Two parrots
  7. A mattress
  8. The ashes of a deceased relative
  9. Slippers
  10. A truncheon

Extreme examples

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.

Many musicians bring their instruments on a test drive to make sure they fit in the car. (Picture: Shutterstock)

“Even for those with more conventional requirements we’d still encourage taking along items to ensure a car fits your needs, whether it’s child seats, a baby buggy, golf clubs or anything else you plan to carry on a regular basis.”

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