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Coastal

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Re: Cars You No Longer See
« Reply #30 on: Jun 15, 2017, 09:22:28 PM »
Hello Bea, You will always get the occasional problem with a new car, more problems occur with a new model.
And the main reason a secondhand car is cheaper is because it's not new, and as with most things used ones are cheaper, and being secondhand it should be a lot cheaper than the equivalent VAT. 

Mondays Child

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Re: Cars You No Longer See
« Reply #31 on: Jun 15, 2017, 11:32:32 PM »
Yes but the lovely new car smell when you drive away from the dealers.
I bought a new car when I was running my business and the first day parked it in a municipal car park. Went shopping and came back to find a car had mounted the kerb and the car park flower bed and smashed into the car next but one to mine. Lucky escape.
I just buy old bangers these days.
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Coastal

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Re: Cars You No Longer See
« Reply #32 on: Jun 16, 2017, 12:04:41 PM »
I have spent an absolute fortune on cars over the years, a lot of them new, only a couple were kept more than two years, the new ones were a BL Mini, Escort Mk3, VW Polo, Rover 200 (R3 style), Citroen Xsara Picasso, Freelander, Citroen C1, C4 coupe, C3(x2), and a BMW Mini, not to mention all the old bangers, I could have been rich ;D

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« Reply #33 on: Jun 16, 2017, 09:24:58 PM »
Humber Sceptre, my husband had delusions of grandeur, only thing he could buy with little money (2thousand) when we arrived back in this country nearly broke after disastrously relocating  to South Africa.
Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

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Re: Cars You No Longer See
« Reply #34 on: Jun 17, 2017, 10:06:30 AM »

I've noticed new cars have tons of teething problems
Many who buy a new car won't expect rattles or any minor foibles and the thing will be back at the dealers on a regular basis.


Somebody who buys and old car has far lower expectations and so puts up with all the rattles and odd things not working correctly.


A car bought in the 70's was usually scrap inside 10 years. These days it's not uncommon to see far older cars than that looking spick and span and giving good daily service.


A new car's value falls by thousands the moment it leaves the forecourt. Far more economical to get one one or two years old or if you are a gambler a lot older still.
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Re: Cars You No Longer See
« Reply #35 on: Jun 17, 2017, 05:48:28 PM »
When Ron was 40 we decided to buy a newsagents shop. Ron bought me an old Morris Minor, I had a great deal of pleasure from driving it, eventually I had enough money to buy a new Mini, it was never such fun, nor has any subcquent car matched the fun I had in my very first Own car. I taught  both our Sons to drive in it, tests weren't so hard then
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Coastal

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Re: Cars You No Longer See
« Reply #36 on: Jun 17, 2017, 06:15:28 PM »
As I said before, I have had up to now 11 (at least) new cars, and only one (a Freelander Safari) came close to my favourite car, my 1977 Ford Capri 1.6L
This is me with my pride and joy, I don't suppose it looks like that now, I know I don't. ;D

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Re: Cars You No Longer See
« Reply #37 on: Jun 17, 2017, 11:43:50 PM »
I have an 04 Fiat Punto, Mondays Child.  I bought her new and now she has clocked up 120,000 miles.  I queried with my wife, where on earth have we been to cover such a mileage?  The only major things to go wrong thus far is a clutch replacement last November and a local garage sorted out some rear suspension problems within the last few weeks.  The garage owner laconically remarked "that motor has been pretty good to you, we don't see many Puntos with a mileage as high as that!"

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Re: Cars You No Longer See
« Reply #38 on: Jun 18, 2017, 01:07:59 AM »
I have an 04 Fiat Punto, Mondays Child.  I bought her new and now she has clocked up 120,000 miles.  I queried with my wife, where on earth have we been to cover such a mileage?  The only major things to go wrong thus far is a clutch replacement last November and a local garage sorted out some rear suspension problems within the last few weeks.  The garage owner laconically remarked "that motor has been pretty good to you, we don't see many Puntos with a mileage as high as that!"


I bought my Punto off a guy I know who likes the Fiat sports range as he's a bit of a speed freak and has three different models of Fiat sports cars.
Mine is the sports version of the Punto and it certainly moves when I put my foot down. Its got all the extra whistles and bells and the other day it told me that I was in my home range because I've been ignoring the low petrol light. The only problem I have had with it is it went through a phase of telling me the airbag wasn't working and also the engine has failed but the AA guy said its just dodgy sensors and not actual faults. The other problem is the paintwork on the bonnet has started to peel. Its only done 74000 and during the year I've had it I've only added 300 miles. I really like the car even the fact its bright yellow.
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Re: Cars You No Longer See
« Reply #39 on: Jun 21, 2017, 08:07:08 AM »
My first car was an A40 and it took me thousands of miles even though my feet went through the floor boards and my second fab car was a Hillman Minx and it was a solid old rock with huge Mickey Mouse stickers covering rust holes over the doors xxxxx

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Re: Cars You No Longer Seem
« Reply #40 on: Jun 21, 2017, 01:33:45 PM »
snap...my first car was Hillman minx too, it served very well up hill and down dale, it loved the Yorkshire Moors!
  I have car sickness at present my Citroen C3 is in the sulks.  I may very well choose now to give up driving, perhaps age is a good time to do a gracefull exit, plus it's no longer a pleasure. Will I feel as though my legs are cut off!  Who has loved giving up their car?
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Re: Cars You No Longer Seem
« Reply #41 on: Jun 21, 2017, 05:37:26 PM »
snap...my first car was Hillman minx too, it served very well up hill and down dale, it loved the Yorkshire Moors!
  I have car sickness at present my Citroen C3 is in the sulks.  I may very well choose now to give up driving, perhaps age is a good time to do a gracefull exit, plus it's no longer a pleasure. Will I feel as though my legs are cut off!  Who has loved giving up their car?


Awwwwww Firenze don't make your mind up too fast darling and yes the Hillman Minx was built like a tank . We have no bus routes here so I'd have to depend on neighbours although I do still drive a little xxxxx

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Re: Cars You No Longer See
« Reply #42 on: Jun 22, 2017, 12:27:20 PM »
I had for a number of years a beautiful 1955 Hillman Californian hardtop coupe in two tone green.  It had been formerly owned by a garage proprietor and Rootes agent and I only got rid of it because my wife felt like we were riding in a fish tank as people tended to stare at the car which was always immaculate in appearance.  Years later I acquired a new look audax Hillman Minx saloon and my wife always complained of draughts in the front passenger seat.  Exploring one day I was horrified to find out that there was nothing under the floor mats, the unscrupulous previous owner had just done some kind of amateur bodge up job to cover the rotted away metal floor.  What could have happened to my wife had her foot gone through the floor at speed?  Anyway I cut a wooden former to size and fitted that but soon got rid of the car for next to nought to an enthusiast who wanted to rebuild it.