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Old 22-01-2018, 10:32 PM   #11
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Do you pay for parking at the station?

I know my station car park is like £1200 a year, but you can get a free permit if you have an EV.

Cheapest EV you can get is probably a Renault Zoe at £5k, so while your only doing 4miles a day it will take years to make up the costs in fuel, but it might be worth it when you include the parking costs? Possibly VED as well? Maybe serving costs too?
What about this future classic?

They don't seem to depreciate much after this.


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Old 22-01-2018, 10:58 PM   #12
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What about this future classic?

They don't seem to depreciate much after this.


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Haha!

Im pushing it with the Zoe...that's just taking the pee
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Old 22-01-2018, 11:03 PM   #13
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Any ZOE at £5k will almost certainly be a battery rental one, so you need to add the lease cost of the battery contract with Renault. They also have a habit of some rather expensive electrical failures on the EV side.

If you can find one, a Renault Fluence might be a reasonable option - yes it does exist, but again it might be subject to battery rental which for low miles should be less than station parking charges!

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classif...=np79fd&page=1
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Old 22-01-2018, 11:04 PM   #14
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Alfa a quirky choice but parts and insurance will be pricey in comparison.
Cheap as chips to insure on a limited mileage classic car policy and there would be enough money left in the budget to get a couple of parts cars as well!

At that money, I imagine you will drive it until it breaks and then get another. We're deep into shed territory here...

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Old 22-01-2018, 11:07 PM   #15
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Why do you have to spend all this on a car for 4 mile round trip.
Why not run it or walk but if you not fit enough then spend couple hundred on a bike ?
Seems very wasteful to me but then again I exercise every week and a lot of people do not.
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Why do you have to spend all this on a car for 4 mile round trip.
Why not run it or walk but if you not fit enough then spend couple hundred on a bike ?
Seems very wasteful to me but then again I exercise every week and a lot of people do not.
Because this is a thinly disguised pretext to get another car! Top man maths well camouflaged under an apparent quest for reasonable economy...Mark needs encouraging, not doubt cast on his quest.
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Old 22-01-2018, 11:45 PM   #17
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Any ZOE at £5k will almost certainly be a battery rental one, so you need to add the lease cost of the battery contract with Renault. They also have a habit of some rather expensive electrical failures on the EV side.

If you can find one, a Renault Fluence might be a reasonable option - yes it does exist, but again it might be subject to battery rental which for low miles should be less than station parking charges!

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classif...=np79fd&page=1
Yea I did wonder about the battery rental. Wasn't stipulated in an advert I looked at, but appreciate that's not exactly evidence that it doesn't have hidden costs!

Don't know much about the reliability, so that could be another hurdle in this plan. My thinking was that money could also be saved on serviceable items, such as brakes etc, since they rarely use them.

Ultimately I'm with brooklandsracer though...! 2 miles is almost certainly bike territory...! Once you start adding insurance, VED, parking costs, it just becomes a bit daft! Unless of course it would be used for other things.

Sorry Fentum....!
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Old 22-01-2018, 11:59 PM   #18
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A decent pair of walking shoes and some waterproofs has crossed my mind, they would likely cause less headaches and save me a few quid ! The car would be used for other things but this would be its main duty. It will be my only car for a few months until I get a lease but even then I would still keep it as a daily / runaround. Im planning on getting a C class coupe or something along those lines possibly Spring/Summer time so wouldn't fancy parking that at the train station
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Anything Japanese, but I like the EV option. Chips as day old chips to run.

Ford Ka or similar is ok but nothing is going to enjoy being driven 2 miles at a time.
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I bought the Mrs her first car last year, £950, 21k miles with air con, alloys, parking sensors and a reliable engine.

Its a Proton Savvy which is built around the Renault Clio running gear, D4f engine and trans. It's not quick but it drives brilliantly and handles surprisingly well on twisty roads.
great fun and wouldn't hesitate to recommend one to others. plus once they reach under 1k, the depreciation won't hit too hard!
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