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I need a new car!

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by BraderzTheDog, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. BraderzTheDog

    BraderzTheDog Kilobyte Poster

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    Hi All,

    I'm looking for a new car, mainly for commuting to work, and the majority of my journey is the M1... (Something comfortable for the traffic jams would be nice).

    Currently running a 1.2 Fiat Punto (pure power) and paying approx 4K for the insurance. My mother assures me this is because I am 18 and have boy bits... (not just because Insurance companies like to screw us).

    Rant aside! I'm looking for something comfortable, good on juice and no more powerful than 2.0ltr (if diesel) or about 1.8 if petrol.

    So far have been specing up a Volvo C30. Cars pretty decent and can insure it for about 1.8K, its a 1.5 petrol and has nice leather seats (at least on the R model). Any thoughts?

    What do you guys drive or can recommend?

    As always your comments are much appreciated!
     
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  2. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    What's the insurance on them?
     
  3. BraderzTheDog

    BraderzTheDog Kilobyte Poster

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    C30? 1.8k
     
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  4. Shinigami

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    £4000 for a 1.2 liter Fiat Punto? Absolute madness... But I can see it being the case if you're 18 and considered a risky segment of the population :\
     
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  5. BraderzTheDog

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    Yep, well to renew its £1180 if I want to keep the same car, so Im saving almost 3k straight away. Would rather put it into something a bit nicer, now I have first year out of the way and my no claims the nicer cars have become more affordable.

    It seems like you can only have nice things when your old. Exactly when you don't care anymore!

    Dam insurance!
     
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  6. Coupe2T

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    I drive a Vectra 1.9cdti, Comfortable enough, re-mapped it so it's now pushing about 180bhp, so quite nippy for a Derv but also still delivers very good mpg.

    I tend to drive a bit nippy like and always get over 500 miles to a tank, I can probably get 700+ if I drove real sensible etc.
     
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  7. nXPLOSi

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    I can relate to being a victim of silly insurance quotes!

    I started out with a 1.2 Clio and then jumped to a 1.8 Audi TT; you can imagine the quotes I was getting! At the age of 23 I was still paying around 2k.

    I've since become a little more sensible and I'm picking up my new 1.6 TDCi Ford Focus Zetec S this Friday, it's still got some power under the accelerator and a smart sporty look. It'll also get me to around 55mpg, cost me just £20 a year tax, and about £400 a year on insurance so for me its the best of both worlds.

    A couple of pics of a 2012 plate are here and here.

    Are you looking for a second hand car or you thinking of going new? There are so many options around, it drove me mad when I started to look. Excuse the pun! 8)
     
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  8. FreshenUp

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    When I was 17 I got had a Saxo VTR (Shhh) which was a poor move as although it was fun the insurance was scandalous as much as the fuel consumption was. I now drive a Citroen C2 1.4hdi, insurance is around £400 something and as I drive up to Heathrow (from Southampton) on Monday and back Friday I needed something with good fuel consumption, and it's brilliant! Barely uses anything, not even half a tank for the round trip.

    Oh, also comfortable in traffic, I get on the M25 at about 5:30pm so you can imagine the traffic there :lol:
     
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  9. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    Not much has changed then for young drivers, when I first started driving, my insurance was more than my car was worth, although that was many years ago now. My first car was an X reg Golf (no not the X reg just gone, the one before that 1980). Great memories of pushing it, jumping it and fiddling about with the choke. Chokes were a nightmare back then you guys should be glad you dont have to worry about that anymore.

    Its all about the NCD with the insurance unfortunately it is and always has been an issue with young male drivers green out of their driving test thinking they know what they are doing, hence the insurance shows the risk. All insurance is just a gambling game to the companies and yourselves. The insurance company take money from you based upon risk of an accident likelyhood and historical costs of previous insuree's. It sucks but thats the way it is. No different from going into ladbrookes really except its a legal obligation.
     
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  10. nXPLOSi

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    ... what is this "choke" you speak of? :blink

    My Dad is always telling me how lucky I am that I don't have to get in the car 10 minutes early to "warm it up" before I leave for work... huh? Haha :twisted:
     
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  11. Coupe2T

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    First car I bought was an old mark 2 escort when I was 16, to learn in and was going to have it proper once passed etc. used to love that car but it ground to a stop after about 3 months. Heat seized as all the oil leaked out on a long drive and had no idea it was leaking. Thankfully though it heat seized on the hill where I lived, so was quite lucky to get home really.

    Don't make cars like they used to!
     
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  12. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    There was an art to figuring out the choke in your car, you had to jump in (as your dad says 10 minutes early) and taking into account the weather pull out the choke to a position if it was a warm day you didn't pull the choke out quite so much. Once you managed to start the car you sat there and listened to the engine and slowly moved the choke a based upon how the engine sounded, a few minutes later you could probably drive off and then push the choke in entirely. Failure to get it right made you look like a twonk as the car bucked and stalled as you tried to pull off.
     
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  13. nXPLOSi

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    Haha that's mental, and I moan that the heater takes too long to get warm! :oops:
     
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  14. Shinigami

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    You need to get one of 'em fancy new cars that you can start remotely and engage the heater a few minutes before you leave the home :D

    Or get a garage...
     
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  15. BraderzTheDog

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    Hahaha, one of 'em fancy new cars! Not in my price bracket, engineers in the north get paid naff all.

    Was thinking of getting a mini cooper S 1.6ltr petrol. (Yes the one that is actually still a mini, and not an ugly massive lump that's being produced by the Germans).

    Failing this, I think I'm going to get 'arr lass' pregnant (several times), and have many many children's and claim lots of pure monies from the state. This way I recon I'll be able to afford one of 'em fancy new cars.
     
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  16. dales

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    Or you could just do that! :tune
     
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  17. ade1982

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    I feel the need to add this :D
     
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  18. nXPLOSi

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    Haha Ade, love it!
     
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  19. Sparky
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    No sports cars? Only live once! :)
     
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  20. BraderzTheDog

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    Your telling me you get a FREE sticker? :O

    Why didn't I think of this earlier.
     
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