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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 2018, 03:26 PM
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If you are lucky enough to get a company car that is definitely the way to go

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I would look around for a cheap runaround as it's your first car. Have u found out how much the insurance will set u back?

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I would look around for a cheap runaround as it's your first car. Have u found out how much the insurance will set u back?
Insurance is actually less on a new car. My Cooper R50 was £800 this year as a 24 year old on 2nd year of driving. I put a few quotes through on that Meerkat website for a hypothetical brand new Cooper S and came back as £650ish!

Same on my first years driving the new Fiesta (albeit less power) I learnt to drive in would have been £500 and the Mini was £1100

My guess is aside from the better safety rating, they assume owners of new cars are less likely to drive carelessly

That said I am glad I bought an older car for my first car as I had a few learning experiences with potholes, bollards and the like which would have been more painful on a new car... guess there’s an argument for either

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I have the joys of being an old fart Jack and would come out in a rash if quoted more than £300 fo fully comp 🤣
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I have the joys of being an old fart Jack and would come out in a rash if quoted more than £300 fo fully comp 🤣
It is ridiculous

That said I do have the insurance companies to thank for getting interested in cars. I decided that if they were going to assume I was a boy racer I might as well get my money’s worth and put my foot down occasionally and it turned out to be good fun. Before the idea of a car was just a means of getting from A to B.

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