Rock’n’roll: here’s how a regular used car becomes a cinch star
Tired of waiting for a new car? In a quiet corner of Northamptonshire, a large swathe of cinch’s 7,000-plus cars are being readied for delivery to drivers’ homes in as little as 72 hours
It’s a simple, risk-free process thanks to cinch’s 14-day money-back guarantee...
Shopping via an online car supermarket may not immediately appear the enthusiast’s choice, but there’s plenty for the petrolhead to love about cinch’s approach – not least the fact it’s rejuvenated and refurbished Rockingham Motor Speedway, whic is among Britain’s fastest circuits and one that prematurely stopped hosting races and track days in 2018. The circuit has therefore survived, and its surroundings are now helping host Britain’s largest selection of cars available to buy entirely online. Where race cars once prepared for battle on the famous banking, your next car might be going through its thorough checks ready for the glamorous photoshoot that’ll see it hosted on cinch's website.Advertisement - Page continues below
You can see three very eclectic examples of cinch’s typical stock - taking on that very banking here. With most of its cars less than five years old, it’s fair to say the cars are reflective of what the British buying public wants, meaning around a quarter are SUVs. Perhaps one of the most convincing small crossovers of recent years – a TopGear.com Award winner, no less – is the Volvo XC40.
A car that places family values at its core, it’s an easy recommendation if you want something safe yet stylish to transport the kids around in. You might be surprised, however, by just how deftly it handles the tight twists of the Rockingham infield, with the manual gearbox of this affordable T3 spec adding an extra dash of involvement.Advertisement - Page continues below
More than half of the XC40s currently in stock on cinch are electrified; this is a smart and sensible SUV that offers petrol, diesel, hybrid and fully electric options, meaning there’s one to suit every family and hopefully most budgets.
In terms of evidence us car-loving folk can be catered for by this kind of car buying, the naturally aspirated 4.7-litre engine of a Maserati GranTurismo is ready to shout it loudly. While the thought of a pre-owned Italian sports car might serve up a few nervous sweats, rest assured this particular example looks – and crucially smells – as good as new.
As evocative as its exterior looks, the interior is where your heart rate will truly begin to spike, the long metallic gearshift paddles and suave blue instruments proving something special lies at your fingertips. It’s not only an able partner around Rockingham, but a truly intoxicating one, the bark of its all-time-great engine echoing around the banking as it pierces the cold wintry air. The idea of ordering something this exotic online, and receiving it on your doorstep mere days later? It’s impossibly exciting.
Yet there’s a car that strikes a fine balance between today’s circuit-mates. The vibrant red paint of this BMW i3S is just the cherry on top of its utter charm. Few cars have achieved such cult status in recent decades, with BMW’s first major foray into fully electric cars being a practical hatchback that puts supercar technology into daily use. Glimpsing the weave of its carbon shell would liven up any journey, as would the spritely performance of its instantly available 182bhp and the smooth, hushed tones with which it’s delivered.Advertisement - Page continues below
Weighing just 1.3 tons and driving its rear wheels alone, it’s a dark horse around the track. Life-changing though the delivery of a Maserati would be, there’s arguably even more appeal in the unmistakable shape of BMW’s plug-in pioneer emerging from one of cinch’s eye-catching transporters and onto your driveway. There can be few more fun ways to beat the waiting list for a brand-new EV.
How a regular used car becomes a cinch star
With thousands of cars currently in stock on cinch.co.uk – 10% of them fully electric – you’re almost certain to find something that matches your criteria. cinch also comes with an ‘Excellent’ Trustpilot rating from more than 22,000 reviews.Advertisement - Page continues below
Eighty cars a day enjoy a thorough check, with cinch’s eagle-eyed staff perusing every panel, poking around underneath and poring over each nook and cranny inside to make sure your purchase is in tip-top condition.
Not everything that rolls into Rockingham will be perfect. That’s why cinch has paint and body shops on site and the ability to order any part it needs to ensure each car meets its new owner with at least six months MoT under its belt.
Every car is subjected to a glamorous 360-degree shoot with its key features and any minor scratches tagged in the resulting images - all so you know precisely what to expect when it rolls up at your door.