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 Post subject: Cars. Meh.
PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:26 pm 
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Am i in the minority when i say "i loath the amount of money required to purchase a new or 'nearly new' car these days?"

older cars are getting more expensive to run due to VED/falling apart/fuel economy etc,

new cars are expensive up front - around £8-10K new and £4-5K used for a decent small family car with an acceptable 'still in warranty' amount of mileage.

i don't want a loan, and i don't want to 'borrow' money.

i don't see why cars are so effing popular since they are a massively obvious waste of money.

i like the idea of automobiles, but it just seems to be one of those 'how the hell have we become so reliant on something so massively wasteful?'.

pisses me off.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:31 pm 
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And they're noisy and smelly.


I've been without a car for about 3 years now. :D


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:35 pm 
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Yep, I do agree - a horribly expensive way to sit in a jam.

As a taxi driver once laughingly told me when a big BMW pulled out in front of him..."there goes another nearly rich person" - his point being that the truly rich don't have anything to prove.

Almost all the black Range Rovers round me seem to have private plates - I guess the owners are in some way insecure.

When I see people drop £20k+ for a car, I think I'd rather retire a year earlier... 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:37 pm 
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Ach, you can pick up a Golf for £1500 that will see you right for a couple of years. Cheap as chips.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:37 pm 
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i'm sick of cars and sick scrabbling around for money


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:52 pm 
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I hate cars.

I hate the price of cars.

I hate that I cannot afford more than a jalopy.

I hate that I can hardly afford to keep the damn thing on the road.

And I hate, because I live in the country, that I am so reliant on my old thing.

Alison :(


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:09 pm 
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highlandsflyer wrote:
Ach, you can pick up a Golf for £1500 that will see you right for a couple of years. Cheap as chips.


True: my ancient Saab 9000 did exactly that - but it's a different thing when your wife has to drive it with two young children - breakdowns are less fun if it's your only car.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:34 pm 
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The scrappage scheme has a lot to answer for regards the availability of £1k cars that will last a couple of years.

The money it takes to run a car is huge, having done some recent investigations into starting a 40miles commute, it seems that the train is as expensive as driving a sensible (petrol car).

Only in central london (large city with multiple forms of public transport and large numbers of taxis) could I imagine not having a car.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:38 pm 
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I suppose I'm quite lucky having a company car but I will need to replace the wife's old Skoda soon as it really is starting to die.

When I got the third car back on the road this summer, it was the tax that shocked me. £210 a year!?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:38 pm 
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I love cars. I like to look at them, like to watch the Top Gear blokes go around their track in a cloud of tyre smoke ... but to own one? Oh hell no !

I honestly never even bothered getting a drivers license. I take the bike for just about everything. It's faster around town, no parking trouble, no insurance, etc etc.
When I need to go shopping and I know my bike won't be able to carry everything, I just go to the store by bus and call a taxi to go home again.

Seriously, if you don't absolutely need your car for your job, get rid of the damn thing. You'll have a lot more money and using the bike more will have an effect on your fitness, weight and general health too.


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