*picture is the product of our last car hunt – okay the kid in me giggled at that.. car hunt*
You may remember yesterday I mentioned that I was considering buying a car of my own. It’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a while but once the worst of winter is out of the way I always talk myself out of it. I live within walking distance to work and on evenings and weekends I can use our family car but on the days I now work from home I’d like to have the option of leaving the house without a huge treck with the kids and fear or whatever the British weather may throw at me. The main thing that’s holding me back isn’t the price of car itself but the upkeep. I could save for a car but there’s no telling what the upkeep will costs might be when you buy one second hand – and lets face it I’m not about to buy a brand new one. I actually didn’t get my license until I was 22 because of the crazy insurance prices associated with learning to drive .. I didn’t see the point if I wasn’t going to be able to drive to run a car – says she who literally drives maybe once a year. The craziest thing for me to wrap my head around is that I’m not a young driver anymore, I can actually do something called ‘matching’ my husbands no claims bonus (god this post just got dull fast, right – I used to work in insurance for about 7 years and it never gets interesting) so my insurance would be dirt cheap but it’s the other bits and pieces I’m nervous of. Random repairs, you never know how fuel efficient a car is going to be until you’re running it. I’ve only once before had a car of my own and that little beauty ran on fumes, it was awesome but you just never know and if I’m honest I’d rather spend my money on lipstick than petrol.
Here are some I’m looking at right now with the help of come of your suggestions..
Peugeot 206 – I love the look of these cars and there are so many around you can get a really good deal on one second hand but having driven a Peugeot I’m not sure I’d like it.. everything felt small inside and the pedals were tiny – but it’s cute!
Ford Focus – Not so pretty, I don’t love this one but I think it would be comfortable, easy to drive and cheap to fix.. this is more the sensible choice I think, again lots available so inexpensive, big bonus!
Fiat 500 – Awww!! This is just about the cutest car there is in my opinion and even Lee likes it so it would be an awesome choice, reliable according to reviews and still small enough that I wont have difficulty parking (I’m a TERRIBLE driver) but this is considerably more that I want to pay for a little runaround.. a girl can dream.
Of course if I didn’t have the kids to consider I’d get a banged up old MX-5 cause I just love them but there are only 2 seats and there’s NOTHING practical about them.. *sigh* – if you have any recommendations of certains makes/models or money saving tips let me know cause I think I might just bite the bullet in the next few months
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