Thursday, August 06, 2009

Wonderings of a New Car

I have decided that it is time to get rid of the car I currently have, which is 10 years old, and get another one. I did look into the scrappage scheme, but it would seem I can get better value for money by buying a second hand car.

When I was looking through the BBC news site earlier I noticed that one of the cars, a Renault Clio, is one of the best sellers at £2,837. This is pretty good, but when I go onto the website for Renault, I can't find it. Indeed, when it comes to scrappage offers all I can find is how much it will cost by monthly installments - something I won't be doing - and they are 10K more than the above!

Buying a car makes my brain fry, but so far although the scrappage scheme sounds good, I cant see how it would work for me as I dont want to spend the earth on a car. Second hand cars aren't worth very much at all which means one gets more for ones money second hand than ever before... or that is what I think anyway. It's a shame, I like the idea of a brand new car!


Blogger Adam said...

2837 isn't the price, it's how many were sold in July!

1:17 PM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

DOH! That explains it! Even my eyes go funny when thinking about a new car!

1:40 PM  
Blogger John Witts said...

I think the scrappage scheme is a bit of a con. Sure, you get money off a new car, but don't buy into the idea that it will be greener. Yes, modern cars produce less CO2, hydro-carbons etc etc in their exhaust, but the very production of a new car produces more greenhouse gas than an old car will produce in the rest of its life.

Short answer: buy a classic car. Morris Minor? Triumph Herald? Or even an Alvis....

3:15 PM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

John - quite right! I was thinking of getting an Austin, but I would like to be able to travel to and from Cambridge without going too slowly.... it is very tempting though!

3:19 PM  
Blogger Captain Ahab said...

Autotrader is a good place to go and find what your money will get you. The snag is that you have to move fast to snap up the good deals. Dont forget to do an HPI check as well as making sure the mechanics are ok.

6:11 PM  
Blogger John Witts said...

Sounds like you need a Morris Oxford or an Austin Cambridge! Preferably one with an MGB engine and overdrive gearbox.....

9:35 AM  
Anonymous KH said...

As one recently facing the same problem, I decided that ther was too much choice and advice as to which car to buy.

Decide your budget. Bearing in mind you that although the thought of a new car is nice, remember the losses you will face in depreciation within the first ten minutes of ownership. Balance that against the pride you will feel as the owner of a pristine car, until the novelty wears off. AND IT WILL particularly if some careless parker just scrapes a layer of paint off off a door and it's going to cost a weeks wages to put the damage right. A year or two old seems to be about the right compromise between you aspirations and your bank balance and common sense. Are you looking to trade in in 5 years or are you going to run it till it drops?

Next consider your usage and costs. Do you regularly move quantities of people or freight to warrant the purchase. If no, then why buy big ?

Lastly and possibly most important will you have fun and enjoy driving it ?

OR alternatively forget the above and "What colour is it ?" may be the most important criterion.

Enjoy your choices the ultimate feeling of "Have I done the right thing ?" until your purchase has adapted to your driving techniques and habits.

My recent purchase likes me except for the indicators which seem to be completely oblivious to my requirements and delight on causing confusion in the minds of my fellow road users. But it give them chance to prove that their horns work.

Long winded as usual but the bottom line is " it's your decision, girl now get on with it"


10:43 PM  
Blogger John Witts said...

Hear hear!!

10:57 AM  
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