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Old 23 September 2013, 12:30   #31
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Been through this with my three sons, looked into classic car insurance etc. most early loopholes have closed. Black box fitted to car with GPS which monitors their driving and rewards careful driving was the cheapest, this with low mileage up front was the only way to get sub 1k insurance.

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Old 23 September 2013, 12:47   #32
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Originally Posted by henryfreston View Post

I think I would buy a tractor ontop of a car if i could afford it, but have you seen the price of tractors yikes.

quite fancy a quad but not sure it would pull the searider up the hill which is about 20-30% incline.
David Brown 880 - would cost around £800 to buy ex farm and £35 on a classic insurance (last time I looked). Can drive at 16 on the road but ONLY after passing a tractor test (or during it) - they come to you for the test.


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Old 23 September 2013, 12:54   #33
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You'll need to work out whether your rig will fit on an 750kg trailer, car & trailer weigh less than 3500kg, and whether the car is plated to pull the weight of your rig.
These calculations will define the types / marque of car you'll need.
You can't tow on L plates.
But if you're off or the Navy soon after passing your test is it worth the money on car & insurance?
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Old 23 September 2013, 13:35   #34
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You can tow on L-plates practicing for B+E.
"You are permitted to practice, on the road, with a laden or unladen trailer provided you display ‘L’ plates to the front and rear of the towing vehicle and trailer and are accompanied by a person who has either passed their driving test pre-1997, or held their ‘B+E’ licence for over three years."

And a 'B' can tow a trailer & load exceeding 750kgs.

All the info you need is in the sticky at the top of this section, ROG is the man!
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Old 23 September 2013, 14:18   #35
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Suzuki Jimny unbraked trailer=350kgs
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Old 23 September 2013, 14:32   #36
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We've just insured our seventeen year old son for a Citroen c1. It's his policy and it costs £800 as a provisional and £1300 when he passes. Both fully comp. it is with Tesco black box insurance ( or some such name) and it is governed by telematics which give him bonus miles depending on how well he drives. No curfew, just rewards for better driving.

This was half the price of standard quotes, even adding him to our fleet policy.
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Old 23 September 2013, 15:19   #37
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thanks for all of the helpful advice. A lot to consider and digest!

With the suzuki jimny having a unbraked trailer limit of 350kg I can tow my searider. It must weigh in at under 350kg

WHat I could also consider is going down the tractor route. Get a little t20 for launching the boat and have a little fiesta (something cheap on insurance) to use daily.
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Old 23 September 2013, 15:28   #38
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I towed with a peugoet partner for years, I have a 15' boat with an unbraked trailer, the partner is a square box so reversing is easy as it it flat at the back, 1.9 Diesel engine is plenty powerfull & it will be cheap to insure.
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Old 23 September 2013, 15:54   #39
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I had a peugoet 504 GL pick up now that was a tool f towing Looey,i would av 1 tmra,dnt make them any more, the missin links ad a go that was a right load of BLKS ,a lot av 50 cals on the back in nigeria most were exported pity
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Old 23 September 2013, 16:14   #40
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Avon searider, engine, trailer and fuel weighs less than 350kg I'm not sure about that ? Has to be close.

You now need to be at least 21 for van insurance or pay through your teeth for it. I've been trying for 3weeks to get van insurance or even commercial freelander.

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