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Old 14 October 2013, 07:41   #21
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With the greatest of respect - Where is the learning experiance for kids that get given a brand new car to drive?

What does that teach them other than to rely on somebody else to give them something that they can't fix, maintain, or take responsibility for themselves?

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Old 14 October 2013, 07:59   #22
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Fleet policy, you gotta love 'em. Kids can drive all vehicles on policy fully comp. :-)
Be careful with this - most fleet providers are looking to restrict any driver fleets to any driver over 21 and any ' quicker ' cars to over 25 or even 30 .

As been said- could well be any driver for business ...but not SD&P .

Was in Nashers situation earlier this year - I ended spending a little more to get something newer ( but still 'dentable') . An 04 1.1 pug 206 - 5 door . five makes it much more useable - but blimey its slow to drive.

She had to pay her own insurance (admittedly from savings donated over the years) to give some appreciation of cost etc .
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Old 14 October 2013, 08:36   #23
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With the greatest of respect - Where is the learning experiance for kids that get given a brand new car to drive?

What does that teach them other than to rely on somebody else to give them something that they can't fix, maintain, or take responsibility for themselves?

Nasher.
In our case it was a 2nd hand C1 which cost less than a restored classic mini and is hopefully a lot safer, reliable and more economical.
The learning experience? "the rewards of working hard", doing well at her exams, keeping a part time job for two years and getting a choice of two University places. Which will hopefully lead her to a career in Dentistry so she can afford to pay someone else's sons or daughters to; fix her cars, plumb, paint, build. etc.

What did that teach her? To keep following her chosen career path even though it's bloody hard!

I didn't and have diversified all my life. I can fix or fabricate most things mechanical, but I draw the line at DIY dentistry, tried it once.... so you see it's all part of my cunning master plan!

or if you want a nautical analogy, "ship's captains should be at the helm not down in the engine room stoking boilers".
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Thanks colcreate, nice response! I agree as well but this one wants to be a vet!
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Thanks colcreate, nice response! I agree as well but this one wants to be a vet!
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Suzuki Jimmy any good?
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Have you tried upping the budget a little - say to 1500 and see if the insurance cost comes down?
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Thanks guys.

Unfortunately we just don't have 1500 between us to put towards it with the expected 2K insurance on top.

Suzuki Jimny was in my first post, he'd love one, but doing 50miles a day and the gp7 insurance put's an end to it.

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Thanks guys.

Unfortunately we just don't have 1500 between us to put towards it with the expected 2K insurance on top.

Suzuki Jimny was in my first post, he'd love one, but doing 50miles a day and the gp7 insurance put's an end to it.

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well Nasher, you can only do what do what you can do, no use looking at stuff thats out of reach of your budget! good luck with whatever you find, I hope he looks after it and enjoys his 1st motor, happy days eh
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I can't believe no ones mentioned the good old Vauxhall Corsa, they used to be fairly street cred a few years ago and a group 1 insurance if you fancy driving the 1.0L model. Space enough inside for a taller person to drive and just what you are looking for on the easy of maintenance stuff.
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Regarding the Vw golf 1.4 version

Its mpg isn't that bad I average between 37.9 and 42mpg that's around town and mountain biking in the hills and not at all hanging around.

Great car well spec'd out and I think its something like gp4 insurance.

Safe enough to drive with abs,esp,edl and a range of air bags.

Umm I also know someone who's looking to sell theirs .....

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