It's been sold now, to my neighbour actually. The family own the massive house on the side of the estate with a BMW X5, Nissan Navara, BMW 5-Series and a Ford Galaxy on the drive. But they wanted a "cheap run around" to get back and fore to Bristol as the wife's X5 was costing them a fortune. £1,300 was obviously pocket money to him as I said "do you want me to pop the bonnet so you can have a look?"
To which he replied (and I'm not joking): "You can but I haven't got a clue about cars, it sounds ok, looks alright. So I'll buy it."
And pulled out £100 as a deposit and we are signing over tomorrow.
Last week though I was on about getting a Land Rover. But I've changed my mind now and want a classic Mini. But for £1,300 I won't get a good one so I've had to sacrifice my Focus, in order to save money, for the cheapest, and most basic car I can get.
Before I tell you what it is I'll just tell you the reasons I'm buying it:
- For me, a 19 year old with 3 points and a country lane collision under my belt... Insurance is a killer. This car costs me £900/year fully comp. As opposed to £1,800/year TPF+T for my Focus.
- Now I don't go to college in Cardiff anymore (30 miles away), I only do about 5 miles a day back and fore to work. And the odd 50 mile journeys to Bridgend/Merthyr Tydfil. And on another forum someone else owns one of these claiming 70 miles on £5 of petrol.
- Not much to go wrong. Cheap parts. £19 tyres each.
So right, here's where my dignity commits suicide because tomorrow, I'm going to look at a car in Plymouth, and most probably to buy it ... Don't laugh! ...
... A Fiat Panda.
Basically, a new MOT always is a good sign for me on a used car. So I emailed the seller asking if he was open to an offer to sell it before auction ended. He emailed me back saying he wants minimum of £375 for it but would be happy to sell it ASAP. So then I rang him, with some research under my belt about the car's common problems. He said there's no oil leaks (main problem with the engine), and all rust has just been welded up to get through the MOT (other main problem). It's also had 4 new tyres.
But when I say it's basic, it's BASIC. It has an analog clock and an ashtray ... That's it!
But when I want to save up for something I'll do whats necessary.
I just hope it'll take me home when I buy it... The