February 11th, 2009

Test Driving

Posted in Not the Job, The Job - General by 200

It’s difficult to appreaciate that I’ve finished work as a police officer. It really only feels like I’m on leave at the moment. Still, looking forward to a few more weeks, maybe it will set in a bit later.

I spent the day driving round to all the local car retailers. I’ve decided to get a new car. It will possibly be the first thing I do with my commutation. The current model has been with us a few years so it feels right to go out and get something better.

I did have a look at a couple of brand new models but not sure whther to get one or to settle for something a couple of years old. I’ve never had a new car before…. come to think of it, I probably won’t, but hey, it’s nice to go in & test drive something & for the salesman to swoon over you when they think you’re in the market for a new car.

One of the guys I spoke to just gave me the keys & told me to take it for a spin, no proof of ID, no licence check, not taking my name & address. I could have gottena  freeby there – I must have an honest face.

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  1. R/T says:

    Sounds great! Not teaching you to suck eggs etc, but cars in the middle of the road (£20,000 ish) are going for virtually half-price as year-old cars and dearer ones (£30,000) for about 2/3rds. Maybe consider a year-old car and get it run in for you by some other mug? Good luck and let us know what you end up with

    February 12th, 2009 at 08:22

  2. Boy on a bike says:

    I bought a 2 year old car for just over half the list price of the new model. It really was almost good as new, and has since done sterling service. I’ve never bought a new car, and probably never will. Most new cars are actually sold to leasing companies, who then lease them to salesmen, managers and of course public servants. Very few people pay cash for a new car.

    February 12th, 2009 at 10:32

  3. Dr Dan H. says:

    What you ideally want is for someone else to pay the iniquitously high taxes this Government levies on new vehicles, then drive the car around sensibly for a couple of years and sell it on. So, avoid small cars and high-performance models of any sort (both tend to get thrashed) and look at medium to large Japanese diesels.

    Of these I drive a Toyota Avensis, which on average gives me close on 50 miles per gallon, is reliable and comfortable to drive and depreciates like a stone in the first couple of years of ownership, making it a very nice 2-year-old car purchase.

    February 12th, 2009 at 11:23

  4. Fee says:

    Just make sure Mrs Weeks approves the colour!

    When I worked in car insurance, (a good few years ago, admittedly) the safest car on the road (defined as the colour with the fewest stolen claims) was brown. Yes, you can drive around in a shit brown car forever because nobody wants to nick it!

    February 12th, 2009 at 18:25

  5. thomas says:

    all the very best with the retirement – and remember, the minute you drive your brand new car out of the showroom it instantly loses a couple of grand in value.

    but then I’m a tight fisted northerner, so what do I know… ;)

    February 12th, 2009 at 19:09

  6. Ex-RUC says:

    I agree. Go for a year-old car. You’ll get a far better buy. My diesel Fiesta only costs £35 in road tax.

    February 12th, 2009 at 20:37

  7. Blueknight says:

    If you want a car that is good on fuel and longlasting, take a look at what is lined up at your local taxi rank.
    Unless you really want a new car, a 2-3 year old car is a good bet. (check out the Car Giant website http://www.cargiant.co.uk/for some ideas)
    The Govt is trying to make us go green, but the recent snow cost the country millions of pounds in lost working days. My car is an ‘nongreen’ Jaguar, with 4 wheel drive,a throwback from when Jaguar was owned by Ford. We had 8 ins of snow and I was the only one from my town who got to work. Makes you think…

    February 12th, 2009 at 23:01

  8. constableconfused says:

    Got a huge 53 plate SAAB 95 estate with a good few miles on it and a 54 plate Fiesta with just under 7k on it. You can have them both for 10k if you want. Just an idea.

    Only joking. DON’T buy a new car they are nice to have but just lose lose lose as soon as they really hit the road. Why not buy a nice family car and then buy a brand new motorbike? They hold values better than cars.

    February 13th, 2009 at 09:35

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