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    why does it seem that the forum's got a lot of scottish members...?

    and before it kicks off I'm not complaining, just an observation.

    are there a lot of VX dealers in scotland, is it a cheaper car in scotland etc etc....

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    In Scotland there are typically fewer smaller cars
    Owners prefer larger cars, such as the Astra and Vectra
    This is primarily due to the types of roads, the distances, and journey times involved

    In terms of dealerships, they are plenty of them, but owned by just a handful
    Equally, many are owned by Arnold Clark, so if purchased locally it is easy to deal with another of their branches within Scotland

    As for cheapness
    Many low mileage ex-hire cars end up being purchased by Arnold Clark
    Bought in bulk, sold at minimal margin, with other products sold as the deal
    They also own one of the largest indoor car supermarkets
    A few years ago they bought First Cars, a chain of non-franchise sales outlets, again many low mileage cars are sold through this network

    I have bought from all three of their sales outlets; franchise, supermarket, and (former) First Cars
    At their franchise there is plenty of room for negotation, the supermaket preferred selling own products, and at First Cars there was no room for negotiation

    Arnold Clark tend to purchase large numbers of new cars
    These are then spread around their dealerships, but sold as second owner (first owner is Arnold Clark)
    These cars often spend up to 18 months sat in a field (not too far from where I live)
    Personally, it is very wasteful, and thankfully Arnold Clark has cut back their stock as there is certainly not as many cars now as there were many years ago

    My main gripe with Arnold Clark is their reluctance to release vehicle details during the inspection and purchase process
    However, the service book and V5 can eventually be made available
    I refuse any car that has them as a first owner, as it could have been used as anything including fleet car, demonstrator, courtesy car, or in storage
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    at the last count 208 who have bothered to add their name to the scottish member list ...how many active ??? maybe a quarter maybe more
    but out of nearly 28,000 members not a lot are scottish

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    thats interesting - thanks for the replies.

    I'm ashamed to say that I've never been to scotland, I would like to one day though.

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    David you have to come to Scotland, its the Greatest Small Country in the World Just avoid Edinburgh and Glasgow!!!! If you want to see the real Scotland Visit the Borders, Galashields, Kelso, Melrose etc. Then from there Head north to the Angus Glens and then on to Speyside and the Great glen. Malliag, Ullapool, Gairloch and the Black Isle should be on your list of places to see too. And if you do nothing of interest you should make an effort to attend a real Ceilidh, I doubt you will ever enjoy yourself so much in your entire life..

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    cheers - I have to coincide a visit with a meet - the only downside is the Gsi and the £400 each way for fuel.....lol

    cheers

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    David,

    If you ever make it North let us know we will lay on a wee party fur'yeh as for the membership I am delighted to be on a forum with so many nearby contributors it makes a pleasant change, and one I enjoy from the Vectra spotting angle when Iam out and about!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    see the real Scotland Visit the Borders, Galashields, Kelso, Melrose etc. Then from there Head north to the Angus Glens and then on to Speyside and the Great glen. Malliag, Ullapool, Gairloch and the Black Isle should be on your list of places to see too. And if you do nothing of interest you should make an effort to attend a real Ceilidh, I doubt you will ever enjoy yourself so much in your entire lie
    Very true
    However, you have missed some key routes and reasons to visit Scotland

    From Aberdeen, head west, rather than via Elgin
    When driving between Aberdeen and Inverness I used to travel that route in preference, and still do where possible
    It typically only takes an extra 20 minutes, also usually no issues with trunk road traffic

    From Thurso to Ullapool is fun
    However, I think the worst bit is knowing it is going to take several hours driving to get back to seeing a dual carriageway again!

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    I used to make a regular run up to Fort William in my Artic driving days. Up through Stirling and over Rannoch Moor. Simply breathtaking scenery, but OMG what an ar5e munching seat experience in the snow. There is one point on the run where there is a particularly tight blind bend and on the southbound side of the road a huge bit of the rock face juts out at cab height. It wasn't a problem too much going north, but coming back you had to move over to your right (so you were in the oncoming traffics lane), to get the trailer around it. Many a time I met another artic coming the other way. I'm sure my heart has suffered irrepairable damage because of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    Very true
    However, you have missed some key routes and reasons to visit Scotland

    From Aberdeen, head west, rather than via Elgin
    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    David you have to come to Scotland, its the Greatest Small Country in the World Just avoid Edinburgh and Glasgow!!!! If you want to see the real Scotland Visit the Borders, Galashields, Kelso, Melrose etc. Then from there Head north to the Angus Glens and then on to Speyside and the Great glen. Malliag, Ullapool, Gairloch and the Black Isle should be on your list of places to see too. And if you do nothing of interest you should make an effort to attend a real Ceilidh, I doubt you will ever enjoy yourself so much in your entire life..
    Think I covered it

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