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Are you loyal to your family friend?

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Are you loyal to your family friend?

I've just put my family friend the trusty old Sintra  on ebay after it has served the family well for 15 years. It has seen the kids ferried to school/ballet lessons/Karate, taken us on holidays, outlived a couple of family dogs, taken the kids to and from university and even acted as the wedding Limo. It is sad to see it go, but I feel it repaid the original investment though we did treat it with care.
I often wonder why other people seem to sell their cars after 18 months or just before the 3rd year MOT it just seems to be blatant consumerism. Even the argument of a smaller carbon footprint doesn't seem to hold water given the amount of energy required to build a new car.
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My third BMW is now 5 years old and will see me out (beginning to look for Birthday cards with 85 on them!). Those people who ditch a car at or about 18 months are those who have, or fear, warranty work, 3 years is about the end of the high initial depreciation rate, which is why I bought the present car at a reasonable price a year ago. Many of the short ownerships are due partly by the usual publicity by manufacturers and to some snobbery by buyers who have to be a step ahead of the neighbours!
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I must agree, our 52 plate Toyota Avensis hasn't had anything like the "glamorous" life that AlaricAdair's Sintra has, but we've been confident enough of keeping it for the foreseeable future by having one of these fitted in to it: http://www.autochair.co.uk/store/person-hoists-and-transfer-into-vehicles/milford-person-lift
At £2600 a pop and with no possibility of transferring the mounting kit into another car as its individually tailored to fit the car you need to be a bit confident you're doing the right thing. It can be transferred but at a cost of £500ish for a complete new mounting kit. Having watched the fitter over a period of four hours installing it this is not really a DIY job.
The Toyota's only real problem is its thirst for engine oil, but we live with this. My garage complains bitterly that he makes no money out of us. The car is still on its original exhaust and battery. Its needed a new pair of front and rear discs, and rear shock absorbers, everything else has been routine wear of disc pads and tyres.
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Re: Are you loyal to your family friend?

@colintivy I agree
We benefit from those who change after 18 months up to three years, I buy depreciated cars from a friendly local trader in the village who looks after our fleet  Cool
This is important to me when i am working away and can be confident that my wife can call him. Its like one of those post warranty deals on the telly only at no cost.
I have also got deals for my kids form the same source and have confidence that they are on the road with a product I trust  Smiley
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Re: Are you loyal to your family friend?

I usually keep a car until it needs more work on it than it's worth and I do my own servicing and repairs.
My last car, a Megané I had for 8 years which is about average for me.
I now have an 06 Focus which I've had for 2 months and I will see how it goes in the coming years.
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Looks like I'm the odd one out!  Embarrassed
I'm on my third new Jazz in just over 4 years. First one lasted about 15 months (27k), second one about 2 years (26k) and current one is 20 months old (25k).
Each change was for a higher specced one but the latest one will be kept forever now that we are both retired!
High mileage was down to SWMBO doing about 350 miles a week to and from work plus a holiday of about 3k once or twice a year.
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Re: Are you loyal to your family friend?

In Australia, I had 4 HK Holden Premieres, 2 Mk1 2 door escorts, 2 HJ Holden Utes, Holden Commodore, Holden Gemini, Ford Falcon, Mitsubishi Magna, Mitsubishi Sigma, Toyota Corolla, Ford F100, EH Holden, and 2 motor bikes. The most I paid for a car was $2,500 (£1,000) and the least I paid was $50 (£20) off my cousin with 9 months rego on it. The longest car I had was for 9 months
Since I have been in England I have had a Sierra which lasted me 5 years and a Laguna which has lasted me 10 years and still going. I don't know if it is because I am getting older, lazier or things in England are so much more complicated but I just can't be bothered to swap cars like I used to.
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My car is a W reg Astra - it does around 2000 miles a year and I've had it for nearly 3 years. It has 65k on the clock and is the biggest load of rubbish I've owned  Grin
The wife has a brand new VW Golf GT TDi with all the toys - she gets a new one every 6 months as part of her company car policy.
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A company car I used to complain if it went a day over its 2 year renewal time Wink  My present car has just come out of its 3 year manufacturer's warranty.  For the little driving I do I intend holding on to it for a while yet. I'm thinking of buying a warranty on it to protect me from unexpected bills.
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My fourth car in 36 years driving, is a Ford Focus which I bought from new in 2003 (03 reg) - cannot see any reason to change it. I only do around 4,000 miles a year (mileage now 42,000) and it's very reliable. The only reason it did not
start once, was when the battery died, in a winter when I was hospital for 6 weeks!. For me, like Strat I would only consider replacing a car if the repair costs more than it's value, which, of course, decreases by the year Smiley
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Check every bit of the small print on the warranty with a magnifying glass and fine tooth comb. Often the warranties aren't worth the paper they are written on.
My dad bought a Granada Scorpio and paid for the extra warranty. The automatic gearbox went a few months later and when he went to claim was told it was a "consumable item" and wasn't covered under the warranty as it had failed through general wear and tear  Shocked
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I didn't vote, because I either keep the car until I want a change, or until I kill it!
I currently have my Grandads old Rover 800, he left it to me in his will, and I will never part with it.
My daily run around is a Mondeo Titanium X, on a 06 plate, which I have had since new.  It's a nice car, but not as reliable as it should be.
I also have my Merc Sprinter, a gorgeous top spec van, 9 months old, that seems to break every other week at the moment, it drives superb, is fairly economical, has to many toys to mention, but the electrics on it are awful.
The immobiliser sticks on, the key wont open the doors, the lights give up, the auto wipers aren't auto, they are just on!!
I spend more time in the Merc dealer than I do driving, I should have stuck with the tranny I think.
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Exactly the same with my Laguna Devonian, sometimes I am stuck somewhere for an hour waiting for my immobiliser to switch off, if someone opens my rear passenger door the car sometimes strats first time, or again I can be stuck somewhere for up to an hour and this lasts for months. So I tend to get a bit annoyed if someone forgets and opens the rear passenger door. Central locking onkly works if the rear passenger door is open, so central locking never works. Apart from that I have had it for 10 years and it has cost me hardly anything. Touch wood.
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Re: Are you loyal to your family friend?

I voted for between 3 and 8 years although I hope to keep my current car for the life of it's warranty, which at my current annual mileage, should be over 15 years Smiley
My first car, 23 years ago, was an old Mk IV Escort which lasted 6 months. I then had a Nissan Bluebird for just over 8 years. That was written off by a French Lorry on a roundabout and settled for a Montegro for a year. Oh, how I hated that car! I then had a Nissan Primera for 3 years, followed by another Primera for 2 years and yet another Primera for the next6 1/2 years.The Zafira, my 7th in 23 years, will, hopefully, give good service for many years to come.

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My Grandad worked as quality assurance for Rover, he always told me 'Get a Tuesday car, you can't go wrong'.