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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Lots of 0% offers around make things easier.

    But still, is jealousy enducing! :P

    Chris

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    My salary from my school technician job isn't an awful lot more than 13k - but I have a 2nd job too

    I've worked damn hard since I was 16/17... - even during uni I used to do 40+ hr weeks in my "part time" job. I decided that I would like something nice to show for my hours worked.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Good for you - work hard, earn the money then take pride in owning something you've earnt. My son had a sxi astra 1.6 lovely car, smooth engine more power than my mgf (which I've now sold due to the fact it was the worst car in history!) Enjoy it!

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveB_NI
    I decided that I would like something nice to show for my hours worked.
    Hell knows you deserve it doing this job

    You can't really go wrong with an Astra - think you've made the right choice going for the 1.6. Hope you have many happy years motoring

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Quote Originally Posted by mrforgetful
    It's silly to compare getting a brand new 1.4 or 1.6 Astra to getting a 3 year old Monaro (or anything). The new car comes with warranty, no MOTs needed and will be a lot cheaper to run than a Monaro. Imagine the prices for parts for them!
    I was showing my amazement at spending that much money on a frigging astra, and then suggested getting the much better model at 1yo which'd still have 2years warrenty and cost alot less as they have terrible depreciation.

    Good luck with the new car, you made the right choice not getting the 1.4

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Quote Originally Posted by Skoggmeiger
    Do they do it in Girly Pink too? :P

    Funny how on one topic we have folk telling us how they are paid pathetic salaries circa £13k, then we have folk spending that on a car. Mad world.
    Pfft Its far from a girls car. 3.5 V6 of pure fun, clutch and gearbox are not female friendly this is no Audi TT!!!!
    and Steve I would go for the 1.6. that .2 will make the difference when you have to carry any sort of load!

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Dunno if its already been said, or even if im too late but;

    Dont buy a Vauxhall from new, they depreciate FAR too quickly. If you plan on keeping it for 10yrs+ then fair enough but otherwise you will be looking at losing around £10k in the first 3yrs. To me no amount of warrenty is ever going to add upto £10k so id rather have it in my pocket ready for if something does go wrong.

    Dont get me wrong theres nothing wrong with Vaux just i wouldnt dream of spending more than a couple of grand on one at most.

    If you were getting a coupe or something abit special you'd be alot better off but 1.4/1.6 astras are common as muck and lose value quicker than almost any other car.

    To put it in perspective my mate owns a V reg 1.6 astra. Bought it 2yrs ago for £4.5k, its now worth no more than £1500, £2000 at a very optimistic push.


    Personally if i were wanting something abit new and nice id go for a nearly new VW or Audi, something which has already took the drop in value of being driven off the forecourt and will now keep most of its value.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    I wouldn't have said that there was any problem paying that for a vauxhall. Most new cars will loose 50% of their value in the first 3 years? If you buy a new one for £14k and then sell it in 3 years time the odds are it will only have cost about £2k a year to run which aint too IMO bad given it's a brand new car with 3 years warranty. I'd have thought you'd have been able to get a 3-door astra for a good bit less than book price as most dealers will happily discount new ones by several grand?
    Mind you I notice that my local dealers are selling new FOCUS ST's for £17k and you can get a new Impreza WRX for £17k just now aswell. Admittedly neither would be as cheap to run/insure as the Astra but they give you a lot more bang for your buck :twisted:

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveB_NI
    My salary from my school technician job isn't an awful lot more than 13k - but I have a 2nd job too

    I've worked damn hard since I was 16/17... - even during uni I used to do 40+ hr weeks in my "part time" job. I decided that I would like something nice to show for my hours worked.
    I wasn't begrudging anyone spending THEIR hard earned cash on anything bud. Just puts things into perspective when a brand new, average car costs the same as a lot of folk earn in a year. Shame.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    But most of the population don't buy brand new cars.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Quote Originally Posted by mrforgetful
    But most of the population don't buy brand new cars.
    Happy medium here - got my golf on import, saving several grand that you would otherwise have to pay the VW stealer.

    Of course you still get get folk who say "you paid all that for a Golf?" as they get out of their Fords

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    I'd say that getting out of my Leon p

    Learnt the other day that in Japan you can only keep a car for 7 years then it has to be scrapped - hence all the imports available.

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    Re: New Car ... Decision Time

    Only -ive bout a VAG Import is they only have 2 year warranties and you have to tell the insurance company they are a full UK Spec Import and some of them still go eeeew and stuff the costs up.

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