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    I've just recently passed my driving test and like most young drivers I can't wait to be on the road. I can afford to buy a car but my insurance is coming in at 200£ a month which is pretty average for my area. The university I am looking to go to is 54 miles away so having a car would make it quicker, possibly cheaper (than paying bus and rail fares) and less stressful. However is it worth it. I mean 200£ is a lot.
    It has been suggested to me that I should offer to drop and pick people up for a small fare which would cover the costs of my petrol....would it be worthwhile if I did this?
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    (Original post by sophus18x)
    I've just recently passed my driving test and like most young drivers I can't wait to be on the road. I can afford to buy a car but my insurance is coming in at 200£ a month which is pretty average for my area. The university I am looking to go to is 54 miles away so having a car would make it quicker, possibly cheaper (than paying bus and rail fares) and less stressful. However is it worth it. I mean 200£ is a lot.
    It has been suggested to me that I should offer to drop and pick people up for a small fare which would cover the costs of my petrol....would it be worthwhile if I did this?
    I really hope you're living at home and commuting to uni. Otherwise this is a non-argument.
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    No I'm staying in halls at uni but I will be back home every few weekends as I have elderly grandparents that are in caring homes so I wish to see them as often as I can.
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    (Original post by sophus18x)
    No I'm staying in halls at uni but I will be back home every few weekends as I have elderly grandparents that are in caring homes so I wish to see them as often as I can.
    No-one visits home as often as they think they will before they get there. It's very unlikely you'll be using your car while at uni, and I mean at all, unless for example you're studying Medicine and have to make your way to far-away placements on a regular basis. You need to find out whether you'd even have anywhere to park your car at uni.
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    (Original post by sophus18x)
    I've just recently passed my driving test and like most young drivers I can't wait to be on the road. I can afford to buy a car but my insurance is coming in at 200£ a month which is pretty average for my area. The university I am looking to go to is 54 miles away so having a car would make it quicker, possibly cheaper (than paying bus and rail fares) and less stressful. However is it worth it. I mean 200£ is a lot.
    It has been suggested to me that I should offer to drop and pick people up for a small fare which would cover the costs of my petrol....would it be worthwhile if I did this?
    Sure, the immediate costs might be cheaper - ie petrol costing less than the train ticket, but it'll work out a lot more expensive when you take the other costs into account - tax, insurance, MOT, service, any extra maintenance...

    I always rather enjoyed sitting on the train to travel between home and uni. It was a good chance to just sit and relax. Long drives are substantially more stressful...
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    True. If that's the case then I'll forget the car and only get one if after being uni decide I need one. Just thought that if it was deemed worthwhile might as well get it sorted before I go. Thanks for your help.
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    Yeah and the train journey is only an hour home so it can't be that bad.
    Definitely seems right now to get a car after uni now. Thanks.
 
 
 
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