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Old 28 January 2007, 15:44   #11
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Tim, why not hire a freelander for a weekend and see how you get on with it. Time it for a weekend towing job.

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Old 28 January 2007, 17:26   #12
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You'll probably find a freelander a PITA to park too unless it's got a reversing camera or a parking mirror. Normal car bonnets are below the level of a 4x4 rear window. Vans are hard to insure for private use but if you do what I did when I bought a cheapo midi van to move with you'll get a good deal.

Leave your details with at least 10 companies after closing time via the net and let them ring you the next day. Play them against one another.

I got mine from 300/year for TPO down to 110 for TPFT...
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Old 28 January 2007, 17:28   #13
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I was pleasently suprised on the insurance front; 1500 for the van (thats' just 50 more than my car and covers commercial use)
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Old 28 January 2007, 17:30   #14
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I was pleasently suprised on the insurance front; 1500 for the van (thats' just 50 more than my car and covers commercial use)
Christ.

Ring round. I know I'm older than you but that 110 for tpft was a commercial policy (carrying own goods only) that allowed private use. It came from Highway Insurance.
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Old 28 January 2007, 17:49   #15
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Christ.

Ring round. I know I'm older than you but that 110 for tpft was a commercial policy (carrying own goods only) that allowed private use. It came from Highway Insurance.
Nos, last year I paid over 2200 for comprehensive insurance on the Disco. Similar position to Tim - 3 points, a disputed accident meaning 0 no claims, and a large car. TPFT only brought it down to 2050. (Having my older sister on the policy as Named Driver brought it down from 2400 to 2200 )

Young drivers in big cars - especially with an accident on the history, and the insurance companies are laughing all the way to the bank!
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Old 28 January 2007, 18:03   #16
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I know it's always going to be high-my girlfriend was paying nearly 1000 for fully comp on her 1800 4 door Golf at age 23 (2 years ago) with no NCD- but seriously, talk to highway. I've shopped around for years and they always get the lowest quote. They'll insure pretty much anything too-they insured me on some of my more insane toys without batting an eyelid. See below for an example... 2.1 litre q-plated Volvo trike.
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Old 28 January 2007, 20:47   #17
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For Discos try the NFU - they were 600 cheaper for me!!!
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Old 29 January 2007, 03:31   #18
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What about pushing the boat out and getting a JEEP Grand Cherokee srt8? it would be more than able to do the job. Also every time you drive it, it would surely make you smile!!!

http://www.jeep.co.uk/jeep/versions.aspx?ID=465,18,162
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Old 29 January 2007, 04:50   #19
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Tim,

Have tried a van lately? drove transit 4 years ago and that was more comfortable than most cars. Gearbox had slightly different feel to it. I'd go for the van, you can always fit it out with crew seats and window if required.

Checkout farmers union my families 3 vehicles are all insured with them including my 22 year old daughter on a Mazda 1.7i for about 550 ish I think.
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Farmers union won't let you use them unless you're over 25, or your family already does business with them.
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