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CarGurus reveals the weirdest things car buyers bring to test drives

CarGurus reveals the weirdest things car buyers bring to test drives

A 12-foot snake, a mattress and a pair of parrots are among the strangest things that potential car buyers have brought to a test drive, according to new research by online used car platform, CarGurus.

CarGurus, the fastest growing automotive shopping site in the UK among its nearest competitors*, which was founded by TripAdvisor co-founder Langley Steinert, surveyed thousands of used car dealers in its UK network to find out the most unusual items that customers have turned up to a test drive with over the last 12 months.

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 with them for the ride.

But extended family members are not the only unusual items brought along to a test drive. Musicians often bring their instruments – such as a double bass, cello, drum kit and even an accordion – to check they will fit in the vehicle and one customer even brought slippers with them because they said they could only drive in them – while this is not illegal, it is certainly not advised.


Top 10 most bizarre things buyers brought to test drive


A ‘lucky’ egg


A horse


A rifle


A 12-foot pet snake


An accordion


Two parrots


A mattress


The ashes of a deceased relative




A truncheon

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!

“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.

“Of course, having a smartphone to hand is an essential to access online resources like while on the forecourt; helping car buyers compare local adverts and get specific answers to questions, including whether the car is a great deal.”

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