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PostSubject: New Student to learn the art of Bangernomics   Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:07 am

Hi Everyone

My name is Alan and I am eager to learn the art of Bangernomics.

In the past I have bought cars old and new which includes a few lemons. This includes my last car which was an MG ZR+ 180 which the head gasket blew after only owning it for 6 months. The quotes to repair was greater than the value of the car so I gave it away for free. Since then i have been using public transport to get around which I am fed up with. I believe a cheap and reliable car to get me to work would also be cheaper to run than what I am paying in bus fares.

My budget for a car is currently 600 which will grow after each pay day as I continue saving. A Friend of mine thinks I need to save more money for a car. I am interested in your views on this.

As the car would be taking me to work and back it does not need to be anything special. I just want to avoid big bills. I have no mechanical knowledge so I will be relying on local garages for repairs and spares.

In terms of a car I have been thinking of a Nissan Micra or VW Polo. The rate for a cheap one in my area is around 800 - 1000. Vauxhall Corsa's and 15 year old Ford Fiestas are cheaper but anything decent for under 500 is rare.

If anyone has any tips or experiences to share with me would be appreciated.
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PostSubject: Re: New Student to learn the art of Bangernomics   Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:08 am

Welcome " alan_breen " Please feel free to look around, ask questions and share your own experiences :Co:

I'm sure someone will be along to help soon.

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PostSubject: Re: New Student to learn the art of Bangernomics   Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:20 pm

A very warm welcome my friend. Welcome
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PostSubject: Re: New Student to learn the art of Bangernomics   Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:27 pm

Welcome to the forum M8 :Wa:
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PostSubject: Re: New Student to learn the art of Bangernomics   Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:27 pm

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PostSubject: Re: New Student to learn the art of Bangernomics   Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:23 am

Welcome

The cars you are looking at are going to be expensive as they are popular for new drivers if you want a cheap car maybe look at something bigger old 1.8/2ltr+ saloon cars are generally cheaper due to higher insurance, fuel costs and keeping up with the Jones.

Maintenance buy a Haynes manual off eBay for your car you might find your inner mechanic when you see how easy it is to fix something. Next go to pound land buy some tools they are cheap and may break but replace a broken one with one from halfords or other reputable shop buy what ever they have its only a quid each spanners, mole grips, screwdrivers, hammer, wd40, hack saw should be enough to get you started. If you plan to work under the car a decent trolley jack and axle stands are a must!

If you have a problem ask someone else will have had the same problem before

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PostSubject: Re: New Student to learn the art of Bangernomics   Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:07 pm

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600 is doable - I've bought quite a few cars on that budget or less. Nissan Micra is a good call. You might also want to consider a Proton. The previous poster was correct about saloon/family sized cars. Consider the higher running cost against the lower purchase cost though.

No matter what you buy, learn to fix it. It's difficult to thrive as a bangernomical motorist if you have to pay a mechanic - 40 an hour in labour is expensive (even more at dealers), they might be ripping you off or just doing a sh*t job. Even if you have to buy some tools, it will pay for itself in no time.
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PostSubject: Re: New Student to learn the art of Bangernomics   Mon May 18, 2015 12:09 pm

alan_breen wrote:
I have no mechanical knowledge so I will be relying on local garages for repairs and spares.

You'll have to move to Taiwan. Paying UK mechanics labour rates gets out of hand very quickly.

I never paid anyone to do anything on a car apart from MOT-fail welding a couple of times.

Got to be a habit, so I don't use mechanics here either, though sometimes it would make more sense, and might have saved my last car.
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PostSubject: Re: New Student to learn the art of Bangernomics   Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:34 pm

Just an update for everyone. I bought a 1997 Vauxhall Astra for 450 last September. I gave it a service myself which cost 80 for the parts. So far no trouble and running fine. MOT due in August and I am hoping it will pass.
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PostSubject: Re: New Student to learn the art of Bangernomics   Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:37 am

Ah, good to hear! Thought you might have abandoned the idea.
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PostSubject: Re: New Student to learn the art of Bangernomics   Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:49 am

I was not too sure if anyone was on this site anymore.
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PostSubject: Re: New Student to learn the art of Bangernomics   Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:49 am

I was not too sure if anyone was on this site anymore.
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PostSubject: Re: New Student to learn the art of Bangernomics   Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:12 am

Good to hear that you got a good runner and I hope it gives you many miles of trouble free service.

As long as there some 'not so new' cars there will be Bangernomics Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: New Student to learn the art of Bangernomics   Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:16 pm

alan_breen wrote:
I was not too sure if anyone was on this site anymore.

Not many. Just a few lifers.
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