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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    +1 for BBC iPlayer

    When they first said £2.5k for a car, my brother and I looked at each other and said WTF!?! Didn't realise the were looking at insurance as well. Neither of us spent more than £500 on our first cars. I didn't pass my test untill I was 26/7 so Insurance wasn't too bad, about £6/700ish. Didn't realise that it could be as high as £3k on a £900 1.5L car for a 17yr old - Ouch!!!
    My first car was a 1.3CL 1983 Golf. It cost £175 with a years MOT. It cost a further £75 to tax it for 6 months. It then cost me £83 a month to insure it, 3rd party fire and theft only. That's a grand total of just under £1000 to insure a car worth £175.

    This was 10 years ago, things are much worse now - my friend recently paid £1400 to insure a 1.0 litre Peugeot 106. Out of interest we also got a quote for the same golf that I insured all those years ago. Over £2000! He lives in the same street as I did at the time, so that's over a 100% rise in 10 years!

    Luckily my current wreck of a car only costs me £250 a year to insure fully comp with no claims bonus protection and legal cover as well, but for new drivers it's a joke these days!

    Mike.

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    I haven't laughed so much in ages, and last night epsisod was brilliant, I had to rewind to see the stig in the background... very funny

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    My first years car insurance was about £2800 fully comp on my £750 golf I had at the time, absolute madness, but it soon rocketed down so its now something a bit more respectable at about £800 I think for a year with 5 years protected no claims bonus

    Edit: Should have said that I don't have that Golf anymore, my current Golf is a Golf GTI so group 13 insurance so not your usual little el-cheapo nip around vehicle to cover. They seem to think idiots and boy racers drive them I don't know where they get that idea from

    Most certainly was an ace episode of Top Gear though
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    I think my first car was £1,300 pa insurance. For a brand new Ford Focus which cost me £9,700. So it from what a lot of people get quoted it wasn't too bad.

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    The large pile of gold bricks in the Top Gear Office were also quite ammusing

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    did anybody notice at 3 mins in, the stig doing some photocopying behind hammond? well attempting too...lol

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    Not been able to buy a car and insure it for £2500 is rubbish both me and my girlfriends managed it. I love top gear but did think it was very poor advice, but then again advice on top gear usually is to be followed with caution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladedanny View Post
    Not been able to buy a car and insure it for £2500 is rubbish both me and my girlfriends managed it. I love top gear but did think it was very poor advice, but then again advice on top gear usually is to be followed with caution.
    ps just noticed typo, I'm actually not that cool, I only have one girldfriend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnix View Post
    Top Gear is for entertainment use only. It should not be cited as a source.
    Aww! *cancels his order for an ancient Volvo with a broken back window*

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    did anybody notice at 3 mins in, the stig doing some photocopying behind hammond? well attempting too...lol
    Yes...
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    But the funniest bit for me was at 2:57 you can see the Stig in the background using the photocopier...... to photocopy his head!

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