This weekend I dare you all to go and have a great big adventure down at a nearby Mini showroom to see what they have in store to tempt you. And I’d love to hear how you get on.

A reader has been doing this for several weeks now, and he initially found that local dealers did not offer much in the way of a discount so, in the spirit of Mini adventure, he started to look further afield, paying particular attention to two-year-old cars.

It was a frustrating game for our man, though, as the cars were either very expensive (Cooper D on 57 plate £13,500) or, in his view, had boring colour schemes (not a fan of the all-black interiors, apparently). But his persistence paid off because, wandering fifty miles from home, he found a car poised to be registered as a dealer demo. It was white with black bonnet stripes, an ’08-style chilli pack, lots of extras (cruise control, usb port, bluetooth, headlamp washers, and interior pack with black and white leather).