Sum­mer is just around the cor­ner

The Oban Times - - Sum­mer Mo­tor­ing -

And there are very few things that can bring peo­ple out of their self­im­posed win­ter hi­ber­na­tion more than the prospect of buy­ing a new mo­tor car.

Own­ing a car is an es­sen­tial com­po­nent for those of us who live in the beau­ti­ful but dis­tant and vast West High­lands. With­out a car, our lives would come to a stand­still: how would we ever get things done? How would we get to work, take the chil­dren to school, do the weekly shop or visit friends? It can be no sur­prise then that buy­ing a mo­tor car is, for most peo­ple, the sec­ond most im­por­tant pur­chase they will ever make, next to pur­chas­ing their house. Peo­ple de­vote se­ri­ous time and con­sid­er­a­tion to the ac­qui­si­tion of a car and are pre­pared to clock up the miles in pur­suit of the per­fect pur­chase. That is es­pe­cially true of the West High­lands where po­ten­tial buy­ers will not only trawl Ar­gyll and Bute, but think noth­ing of trav­el­ling to Perth, Stir­ling, Ed­in­burgh, Glas­gow, In­ver­ness, Ayr and many other places to find the ideal ve­hi­cle. And this is where our mo­tor­ing sup­ple­ment comes in: it is a route map to the many deal­er­ships, both lo­cally and be­yond, who will help you find the car that suits your fam­ily re­quire­ments and your wal­let; and the many garages and ser­vices who will keep you on the straight and nar­row with first-rate main­te­nance. And to make that jour­ney more mem­o­rable, we have com­piled a tour-de-force of Scot­land’s five most scenic drives – all of which are to be found in the West High­lands. Happy hunt­ing and happy mo­tor­ing; af­ter all, the 17-plate of your dreams may just be around the cor­ner.

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