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Commuter - New Car

Discussion in 'Motors' started by jam pie, 14 Apr 2010.

  1. jam pie

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Dec 2007

    Posts: 201

    Hi Guys,

    I commute quite heavily - approx 25k a year, 600 miles a week on average.

    I currently drive a 2.0 306 HDI which is nearing about 130k at the moment. My girlfriend has a car as well.

    Most of my 'cash' is needed elsewhere for other things at the moment but I have disposable income each month and was thinking about getting a new car perhaps for the commute.

    I'm thinking approximately £300 - £400 for either a car loan or finance on a car?

    I could either;


    • Buy a new car for the commute (in this case, what would you reccomend?)
    • Buy a fun weekend car and another car for the commute, selling my girlfriends car and letting her use the weekend car during the week? (she only travels short distance?)

    • Or any other suggestions?

    What's out there at the moment and is car finance a good idea?
     
  2. Berger

    Capodecina

    Joined: 22 May 2003

    Posts: 10,603

    Location: Wigan

    Keep using the 306 and build up a pot of cash as it should be fairly cheap to run?
     
  3. jam pie

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Dec 2007

    Posts: 201

    Just thinking that the 306 will go pop shortly with the mileage i'm doing!!
     
  4. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 157,392

    So wait for it to go pop, then get something else. The mileage you are doing will crucify the value of whatever you buy, so a brand new car really isn't a great idea.
     
  5. Janesy B

    Caporegime

    Joined: 19 Apr 2008

    Posts: 25,564

    600 miles a week isn't that much really.
     
  6. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    It's 30,000 miles a year. It absolutely *is* 'that much'.
     
  7. MrMoonX

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 31 Dec 2007

    Posts: 10,035

    do you want to think about that reply again? :rolleyes:
     
  8. InvaderGIR

    Capodecina

    Joined: 14 Jul 2005

    Posts: 17,615

    Location: Bristol

    :confused:

    130k for a 306 HDI is nothing.
     
  9. Janesy B

    Caporegime

    Joined: 19 Apr 2008

    Posts: 25,564

    Going on a 5 day week, that's 120 miles a day, 60 miles each way. It's not a great deal and it's certainly not enough to worry about making a car on 130k go pop and spontaneously combust.
     
  10. jam pie

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Dec 2007

    Posts: 201

    Best get that cambelt done then :p

    That's fair do's then - just something that I was thinking about since I had some disposable, might contemplate picking something up for my girlfriend instead - I guess it's a fair point that picking anything up to do 30k a year in would crucify any potential resell.
     
  11. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 157,392

    Very few people will do more than 30,000 miles a year. It's what the first owner of my car did and why it was counted as 'high mileage' :confused:
     
  12. jam pie

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Dec 2007

    Posts: 201

    Considering my previous job entailed 6 miles a day / 30 miles a week + whatever I did at the weekend then it is a fair whack mate!
     
  13. Berger

    Capodecina

    Joined: 22 May 2003

    Posts: 10,603

    Location: Wigan

    My friends HDI is over 200k now, all he does is put diesel in it and service it pretty much. Run it till it blows up imo, you will be hard pressed to find a car that is as cheap to run.
     
  14. Gribs

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Nov 2003

    Posts: 2,342

    Location: Skipton

    Move house to cut the commute down? Spending 10+ hours a week just traveling to and from work doesn't sound fun to me.
     
  15. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 21 Feb 2006

    Posts: 27,321

    I wish, I spend that some days.
     
  16. Kitchster_uk

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,058

    Location: The remittance desk

    I would say it all rests on what the Pug is like. You know the car, is it a turd or a good runner? Have you looked after it, serviced it appropriately and does it have history? The other thing is, are you going to get anything better for the dosh? Keep it tbh.
     
  17. s0ck

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,299

    A 406 HDi might be a little easier to live with, perhaps? 306s fetch more than their 406 counterparts so could prolly get a 406 executive just from the cash yours generates.

    Or you could just stick with it as you know it :)
     
  18. Spuderoony

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Jan 2004

    Posts: 1,382

    Location: Doncaster

    You do come out with some pearlers, Janesy.
     
  19. InvaderGIR

    Capodecina

    Joined: 14 Jul 2005

    Posts: 17,615

    Location: Bristol

    406 is heavier though isn't it? So in theory less MPG etc. and the car could then be a dog too. I'd say stick with the 306 until you have the cash to buy something better. :)
     
  20. Janesy B

    Caporegime

    Joined: 19 Apr 2008

    Posts: 25,564

    Not really! I don't think 25k a year (he's not going to work 52 weeks a year in total is he?) is a massive amount of miles! Certainly not enough to worry about making your car explode into a million pieces.