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PostSubject: What to buy that is the question   Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:49 am

I have about 11 months left of company car then going to take the allowance
No restriction on age but if its off the road I have to pay for hire car so limited downtime

They will pay me 4k taxed to do this not alot but been taxed on 4k with the Prius now and its not mine

With that in mind started looking now with the plan of having at least banger place by mid 2016
The only company car I've ever wanted to hold onto is a Mazda 6 so wondering about starting there
Anyone got experience of these as bangers

I will have an overall set up budget of 4 k but would like to come well under this to pay for repairs etc
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PostSubject: Re: What to buy that is the question   Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:56 am

4,000! Shock

For that money, the world is your oyster.

A few questions to help narrow things down...

-What kind of MPG do you need out of it?
-Can you repair cars yourself? How about just basic servicing? If no, are you willing to learn or will everything be outsourced?
-Any special requirements, i.e. a certain number of seats, boot space, towing capacity, etc.?





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PostSubject: Re: What to buy that is the question   Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:42 pm

Prob did not make myself clear my plan is to set aside 4k to set up Inc insurance tax etc plus holding some back in case of disaster so prob first purchase of 2.5 k

If petrol need to be under 14p per mile or will be paying to go to work diesel 12p

Can service myself and do small jobs would probably outsource something like a clutch as need it back quickly

A big boot would be a bonus as sometimes pick up large parts and for holidays my other half isn't known for traveling light
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PostSubject: Re: What to buy that is the question   Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:42 pm

Prob did not make myself clear my plan is to set aside 4k to set up Inc insurance tax etc plus holding some back in case of disaster so prob first purchase of 2.5 k

If petrol need to be under 14p per mile or will be paying to go to work diesel 12p

Can service myself and do small jobs would probably outsource something like a clutch as need it back quickly

A big boot would be a bonus as sometimes pick up large parts and for holidays my other half isn't known for traveling light
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PostSubject: Re: What to buy that is the question   Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:56 pm

Don't sweat it. 2,500 is still a truck load (around here, anyway). A Mazda 6 seems a reasonable choice. You'll be able to pick up a low(ish) mileage one, 8 years old or so with service history and long MoT for that, no problem.

Condition when purchased and subsequent maintenance will determine reliability much more than make and model, IMO. Most cars are reliable if maintained well, so just pick whatever takes your fancy and look after it.

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PostSubject: Re: What to buy that is the question   Fri Dec 18, 2015 3:05 pm

Thank you condition is key for me over age
Has always been my guiding factor in the past anyway
Not owned a car for years but have and maintain my fazer 600 plus work as a service engineer so can use tools OK
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PostSubject: Re: What to buy that is the question   Sun Dec 20, 2015 11:16 am

You know I feel like a kid in a sweet shop looking on different sites found Citroen BMW and mercs that I really like the look off all under 1500 really should not buy for the next few months but really tempted
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PostSubject: Re: What to buy that is the question   Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:13 pm

Car sales really slow down during December/January, which means you can negotiate aggressively. If you see something that ticks all the boxes (and is close to where you live), go have a look. Either you get a bargain or you walk away - that's the advantage of being flexible and not needing the car right away.
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PostSubject: Re: What to buy that is the question   Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:26 pm

Been looking around and have to say rover 45s are really ticking the right boxes in size spec and price

Is this madness ?
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PostSubject: Re: What to buy that is the question   Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:28 pm

It's slightly mad. The K series engine is prone to headgasket failure (I blame the owners), so only buy a Rover if you're competent in assessing it's condition and willing to maintain it well. That aside, a perfectly good choice of banger.
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PostSubject: Re: What to buy that is the question   Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:10 pm

I'm looking at the diesel not the k series
But if a good k series came up would have a look
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PostSubject: Re: What to buy that is the question   Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:02 pm

Sorry to keep posting do others think this is over priced [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

For the year it is probably very over priced but condition been key and plan to keep it at least 2 years pocketing company's allowance maybe not
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