Peter A Goldsbury
I did not mention salesmanship in my post, nor hype. I asked simply whether you would be convinced by whatever arguments they used to persuade you to buy the car (Takeda, Sagawa and Ueshiba might not give any arguments at all; Deguchi might give many) and it is taken for granted that there is actually a car to be sold. In all four cases, I presume you would get in the car and test drive it, check the previous owner's history etc etc. The point about the Fast Show skits is that they never, ever sell a car.
In the States, we use CarFAX today for the car history before we buy - so, anybody ever heard of AikiFAX?
(sorry, could not resist.I will have someone spank me later