Wot, another post ! Just a quickie before I close down, I have been on this flippin computer most of the day, my eyes are on stalks and my head is fuzzy. I had a phone call today saying the cheque for my smashed up car is on it's way, hooo flippin ray ! It's been head down, tap tap, click click, scribble scribble, and now I have managed to narrow it down to five possible cars.
I fancied a bigger posher car, a Ford CMax or a Vauxhall Zafira, but that has gone out of the window now. I seem to have gone full circle. At first I was adamant I wanted another Ford Focus diesel estate, but low mileage ones of about three years old are hard to find. There was an 08 model at Hull, 45,000 on the clock but it looked a bit rough round the edges, so I decided against that.
Everywhere I went people said I should consider a petrol because I will get a newer, lower mileage car. OK I give in, so I started looking all over again. The Auto Trader site is quite good. After making notes, I started checking Road Tax, based on emissions. It was then that the bigger cars were crossed off my list. How much! Good grief!
Then I started looking for cars with a smaller engine, lower emissions and lower insurance groups. Guess what I found, a Ford, diesel, estate, 1.4 Fusion. I mentioned it in a previous post, and John said he would have liked one. Anyway I have found two possibles. There were quite a few petrol models but when I checked the road tax, it is £30 for a diesel and £155 for a petrol, massive saving there, and a much better MPG with the diesel.
The only downside is that I would have to compromise on space, although an estate they are not as big as the Focus, and the interior is a little bit basic. Cost has to be a priority though. Both cars are low mileage, one is an 08 and the other an 07, with £1,000 difference. Both are near Doncaster so I'll give them a ring romorrow.
I have three cars in reserve just in case, two Astra's and a Vauxhall Meriva. The Meriva looks interesting, it is more a people carrier than an estate, but it is diesel, low mileage, 59 plate, £110 road tax, and good MPG.
I'm exhausted. Goodnight
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