Buyer wanted for ‘worst car in world’ on Done Deal

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

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POSSIBLY the most honest car saleswoman in the country has come to light, after advertising her car for sale on Done Deal, which she says is the “worst car in the world.”

POSSIBLY the most honest car saleswoman in the country has come to light, after advertising her car for sale on Done Deal, which she says is the “worst car in the world.”

With an increasing number of female con artists in Limerick being exposed in recent weeks, car owner Lorna O’Connor is nothing but honest in her attempts in trying to sell “this heap of crap”.

Her funny and brutally honest ad is going viral online, with some 300 likes on Facebook, over 100 shares and well over 15,000 views and counting. However, over a month on the search to find a new owner is still proving elusive.

Her car has 108,742 miles on the clock and she has advertised it for sale for €650. She said her 2003 1.4 litre five-door hatchback Renault Megane, which she bought in 2010, “is a complete let down”.

The NCT has been up since January of last year and it has failed the test of road worthiness four times as she can’t locate the wire for the water in the wipers.

“I need rid of this as I’m down to the last of my sanity and near a serious mental breakdown.

“I don’t know if anyone will buy this heap of crap but I won’t know until I try to sell it either as a whole car or for parts. I haven’t washed it as I feel it doesn’t deserve it!

In the past five years since she bought it, Lorna said it has suffered every breakdown possible, but it has always been fully serviced.

“In 2012 the engine seized in it. In 2013 the gearbox went and there has been a knock on effect since.

“These are the parts that have been changed (so far): engine / gearbox / 2 x alternators / 2 x fan belts / timing belt / 2 x catalytic converters / 4 x inner tie rod ends / 2 x ball joints / 1 cv boot / brake shoes & pads (front & back) dci box & fuse box / 3 keys @ €280 each / fuel line & pump.”

She said she put in two new tyres last weekend and found out the steering rack now needs to be replaced.

“So now I have this heap of crap that needs more money (€300 for rack and labour) and it’s not even worth it.

“The passenger window doesn’t work as that just clapped out one day. Now at this stage I’ve put twice the amount of money I initially paid for it back into it. It’s a disaster of a car and it has done nothing but diminish all hope of it working to its full potential (for me anyway).

“It is the bane of my life! I need a divorce from it or I’ll end up in a mental institution from frustration and poverty. I dread bringing it to a mechanic as no sooner do I hand it in for one item, something else goes.”

It is due its fifth NCT test this June. “It previously failed on inner tie rod ends and emissions (all perfect now). It won’t pass over the steering rack that I’m not fixing. Probably the most honest ad ever!”

The advert was still oneline at the time of going to print.

However, the owner could not be contacted to find out if there have been any prospective buyers.