A rather naive and much younger friend of mine was wanting to spend £10k on a car.
She was thinking about a Kia Rio, but having driven a Kia Picanto, and it being the most vile thing I have ever driven, I suggested some others, particularly those that had 1 year free insurance, very useful for those under 25!! I did some research on KIAs, and found that although they have a 7 year warranty, you really do NEED it – they seem to spend a lot of time going back and forth to the garage to be fixed!!
At uni I was chatting to a mate who told me she’d had to get the bus in, as her car was dead (again), and probably fit for the scrap heap. I asked how old it was, and was SO surprised to find it was only 6 years old, and a KIA PICANTO!! She’d owned it for 5 years, and it had been back to the garage SO many times, usually for refusing to start, and apparently Kia have no idea what is wrong with it and can’t fix it, despite their 7 year warranty.
Anyway, my car buying friend turns up, and thinking that she wasn’t intending to buy one for a few months, I told her to speak to this other girl, who would TOTALLY put her off KIAs for life! She then tells me she’s bought a brand new Kia Picanto. Ohps.
Well, my fingers are crossed for her that she gets a good one, as the brand new hire car one I had was atrocious!