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Test Drive any used car at Arnold Clark and Get a Free Hotel Stay
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Test Drive any used car at Arnold Clark and Get a Free Hotel Stay

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Posted 7th Nov

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Test-drive any used car from 8th to 11th November, then plan your getaway with a hotel stay for two.

Drive The Night Away with Arnold ClarkTake your pick from over 200 hotels, all of which have their own style and character and are located
in some of the most beautiful parts of the country.


All of the featured venues have been carefully selected to provide a warm and friendly welcome and a pleasant and relaxing stay.
So, whatever you are looking for, we can help you find the perfect night away.

  • A free night away with no hidden catches
  • Choose your hotel from the selection available
  • Call the Reservations Department to arrange you booking on 01565 831816
  • Relax and start packing!
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woldranger07/11/2019 18:36

Has anyone done anything similar or actually used this? What do they need …Has anyone done anything similar or actually used this? What do they need from you in order to book a test drive?


We've done this a few times for hotel stays, Amazon Echo 5 Show, PizzaExpress £50 gift card etc and never had a problem with them or other companies we have done it with.
They need phone number, email and home address and then you need to show your driving licence for the actual test drive.
Without this information they cannot arrange the test drive (obviously).
We have never had problems with pushy salespeople or a plethora of sales calls.
The trick we use is to pick a car that will be unsuitable for us and then explain at the end why we wont be able to purchase.
For example, last time it was for a new Vauxhall from (if I remember correctly) Bristol Street Motors. We picked a Corsa and at the end of the test I went to our car and got a pushchair out of the boot which wouldn't fit in the Corsa. Sale over. Test completed. Gift gratefully received.

We probably need to get out more.
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Has anyone done anything similar or actually used this? What do they need from you in order to book a test drive?
Q the negative Arnold Clark comments and tales of you will need to lie down after being bombarded by pushy sales team.
woldranger07/11/2019 18:36

Has anyone done anything similar or actually used this? What do they need …Has anyone done anything similar or actually used this? What do they need from you in order to book a test drive?


We've done this a few times for hotel stays, Amazon Echo 5 Show, PizzaExpress £50 gift card etc and never had a problem with them or other companies we have done it with.
They need phone number, email and home address and then you need to show your driving licence for the actual test drive.
Without this information they cannot arrange the test drive (obviously).
We have never had problems with pushy salespeople or a plethora of sales calls.
The trick we use is to pick a car that will be unsuitable for us and then explain at the end why we wont be able to purchase.
For example, last time it was for a new Vauxhall from (if I remember correctly) Bristol Street Motors. We picked a Corsa and at the end of the test I went to our car and got a pushchair out of the boot which wouldn't fit in the Corsa. Sale over. Test completed. Gift gratefully received.

We probably need to get out more.
AC well renowned for terrible customer service and the car will likely be well overpriced-
MrBeansDrivingInstructor07/11/2019 21:53

We've done this a few times for hotel stays, Amazon Echo 5 Show, …We've done this a few times for hotel stays, Amazon Echo 5 Show, PizzaExpress £50 gift card etc and never had a problem with them or other companies we have done it with.They need phone number, email and home address and then you need to show your driving licence for the actual test drive.Without this information they cannot arrange the test drive (obviously).We have never had problems with pushy salespeople or a plethora of sales calls.The trick we use is to pick a car that will be unsuitable for us and then explain at the end why we wont be able to purchase. For example, last time it was for a new Vauxhall from (if I remember correctly) Bristol Street Motors. We picked a Corsa and at the end of the test I went to our car and got a pushchair out of the boot which wouldn't fit in the Corsa. Sale over. Test completed. Gift gratefully received.We probably need to get out more.


Sounds good. I like the tip at the end, much appreciated.
woldranger07/11/2019 22:25

Sounds good. I like the tip at the end, much appreciated.


You're welcome. Come up with a genuine reason not to buy and they are happy.
Another one we've used is to say we love the car but wouldn't consider it without a CD player (give them a back story about working in music and having to listen to demos - they are more interested in the story than losing the sale). Works a treat.
sowotsdis08/11/2019 00:54

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Because they have the legitimate right to refuse a test drive.
woldranger07/11/2019 18:36

Has anyone done anything similar or actually used this? What do they need …Has anyone done anything similar or actually used this? What do they need from you in order to book a test drive?


The choice of hotels is not usually great and there will be restrictions on when you can stay, so its difficult to plan a night to coincide with a specific event etc. When booking you are likely to be told no standard free rooms are available but you can reserve a premium room by paying a surcharge.
termite08/11/2019 09:04

The choice of hotels is not usually great and there will be restrictions …The choice of hotels is not usually great and there will be restrictions on when you can stay, so its difficult to plan a night to coincide with a specific event etc. When booking you are likely to be told no standard free rooms are available but you can reserve a premium room by paying a surcharge.


When was it you did this? Were you happy with the room you eventually stayed in?
woldranger08/11/2019 09:11

When was it you did this? Were you happy with the room you eventually …When was it you did this? Were you happy with the room you eventually stayed in?


Yes, we stayed opposite Windsor Castle. The hotel was nice but the trip was made to use the voucher, as opposed to being given a free room to use when we actually had a reason to stay in a hotel.
NAZ1707/11/2019 22:06

AC well renowned for terrible customer service and the car will likely be …AC well renowned for terrible customer service and the car will likely be well overpriced-


I'm genuinely interested to know how true this is? Is this just usual big company bound to have a few issues or genuinely poor? I ask as down south we don't have Arnold Clark dealers yet in Southampton but do have a delivery centre. I ordered a second hand car online from them. It was about £1000+ lower in price than the local dealers and I got a very, very good trade in price for a car they hadn't even seen. Checked it over and other than smelling slightly of smoke was otherwise fine which made a change from the local car dealers/supermarkets down here where I have had expensive issues... I may just be unlucky but so far its been a good deal for me taking advantage of better used car prices from further north without having to travel. Granted I haven't had to contact aftersales...
Arnold Clark are awful, never again would I buy or have a car serviced by them Took car in with fault on indicators had been quoted £300 for new fuse box as this was the cause of the problem.
Service department lady told me the car was ready and I asked if it had been fixed , Yes she replied so I paid up and was told they are just bringing it round now.
Went out side and chap with keys told me problem with indicators was still there. Plus they had disabled alarm system to renew fuse box and didn’t know how to reset it, couldn’t even be bothered to phone the alarm manufacturer to find out how too.
Seems a good deal, as they can't change the mileage on a hotel.
Good deal but never purchase a car from Arnold shark. My ex partner was a mechanic for them and the stories I've heard about the tricks they do!!
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