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    I was told by my parents yesterday that I will be getting a car for my 18th. This is in October. I am over the moon, but if I pass my test (early October, before my bday). I will only have roughly a year with it. Considering I have to pay tax, petrol,insurance etc.. I was wondering whether it is possible to have a car at uni? say the uni has car parks and lets you buy a permit without th eneed for a medical excuse etc

    or is it just a luxury too far that drains away your money?
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    (Original post by worried_mess)
    I was told by my parents yesterday that I will be getting a car for my 18th. This is in October. I am over the moon, but if I pass my test (early October, before my bday). I will only have roughly a year with it. Considering I have to pay tax, petrol,insurance etc.. I was wondering whether it is possible to have a car at uni? say the uni has car parks and lets you buy a permit without th eneed for a medical excuse etc

    or is it just a luxury too far that drains away your money?
    Many uni's do allow you to take cars (particularly the ones looking to make money out of selling overpriced permits ). I personally won't be taking one because I see it as an expense that I have little need for. I would imagine that immediately after university, a car would be very useful but whilst I'm there I would rather walk (4 miles is the furtherst distance possible at Edinburgh I think :confused: ) and ensure that my money is not tied down to something I don't need.
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    good point Leekey.......... well that means roughly in the year before uni I will spend in excess of £2000 for something I dont really need......other than the novelty calue of having my own car.....I'd much rather have that money for uni :confused:
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    (Original post by worried_mess)
    good point Leekey.......... well that means roughly in the year before uni I will spend in excess of £2000 for something I dont really need......other than the novelty calue of having my own car.....I'd much rather have that money for uni :confused:
    Why not just tell your parents you don't want a car?
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    My university are closing of car parks by the bucket load and charge £2.50 a day to park, that is if you can even find a parking space in the first place. However with 3 buses a minute passing and its own train station nobody would need a car anyway.

    I would imagine pretty much all universities would have a decent bus service.
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    you'll still be able to drive when you return home remember - i'll probably come home every few weeks, and would want to drive when i do
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    Well its like this, I've spent nearly £800 of my hard earned cash..... and if I pass my test and have no car for 5 years ......... :eek: :mad: !
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    (Original post by worried_mess)
    Well its like this, I've spent nearly £800 of my hard earned cash..... and if I pass my test and have no car for 5 years ......... :eek: :mad: !
    But you've passed your test now, so when you next buy a car, no worries about having to pass the test, which always helps as some jobs require a driving license.
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    Exactly just because you have a licence it dosn;t mean you need a car, my dad didn't have a car for 12 years,.

    Driving is like riding a bike, once you have learn';t you never forget.
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    I am taking my car to uni (as long as I get my first preference of accommodation) because if I left it at home I would have to pay over £100 to park it on the road outside my house anyway (London residential permit), and would therefore still have to pay out for tax and insurance. As Canterbury isn't that far from London it will also come in handy if I want to go home on the occasional weekend. I also don't want to sell my car, and my parents already have 3 cars so it would be a pain asking them to look after it.
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    Why not ask your parents to defer the purchase until you graduate, that way you'll have a new car just when you are forking out vast sums to get set up in work (suit/new flat etc).

    Alternatively ask them to buy you a cheap old banger and to contribute to the "fully comp" insurance for the period whilst you are in uni (check whether leaving it at your parents will give you a lower rate) - the first few years are horribly expensive for insurance but this way you'll build up (hopefully!) a really useful "No Claims Bonus" which you can transfer to a smarter car after you graduate.
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    Four words

    car. heart. on. set.

    re-arrange them appropriately!!!!
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    hehe, which uni's are u applying to?
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    I've had my driving licence for a year and I'm still not driving - even though I could. It's just too much money for too little.

    Options

    Weekly bus trip to uni:
    Tickets: £20

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    Having a car:
    Car Insurance: £1,000 per year
    The Car: £1,000
    Road Tax: £60 every 4 months (I think)
    Petrol: £15 per week
    Parking fee: £1.50 per day
    MOT: Between £30 - £100 per year
    Repairs: £40 per year

    (this doesn't include other costs like speeding fines etc.)

    You also have to:

    De-mist the windows every winter morning, keep the battery charged, wash it, drive friends and family around (everyone wants favours when you have a car), worry about it not starting in the morning... this can make you late. Pay money to get on some roads, watch how much alcohol you drink.

    Then there's the possibility of:

    Speeding fines, crashing, parking tickets, ending up in court, killing people...
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    this washing you talk about...how does it relate to cars?

    The rain keeps my car clean (and reduces the chance of theft - as does the piles of rubbish within it)
    I agree lol I've never washed my car pointless exercise!

    And road tax isn't as expensive as Pencil wrote if you get a car in the smallest band, which you should be for a first car anyway. 60 pounds for 6 months or 110 for 12 months, if I remember correctly.
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    (Original post by Pencil)
    I've had my driving licence for a year and I'm still not driving - even though I could. It's just too much money for too little.

    Options

    Weekly bus trip to uni:
    Tickets: £20

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    Having a car:
    Car Insurance: £1,000 per year
    The Car: £1,000
    Road Tax: £60 every 4 months (I think)
    Petrol: £15 per week
    Parking fee: £1.50 per day
    MOT: Between £30 - £100 per year
    Repairs: £40 per year

    (this doesn't include other costs like speeding fines etc.)

    You also have to:

    De-mist the windows every winter morning, keep the battery charged, wash it, drive friends and family around (everyone wants favours when you have a car), worry about it not starting in the morning... this can make you late. Pay money to get on some roads, watch how much alcohol you drink.

    Then there's the possibility of:

    Speeding fines, crashing, parking tickets, ending up in court, killing people...

    Those costs are quite under estimated unless you are running a car into the ground or doing the work yourself.

    Servicing alone costs £150 at least and its vitial to keep your engine running, my dads 8 year old 80,000 mile car dosn't run like brand new for nothing. Its because its serviced every year.

    If you're cat fails or lamba sensor then the MOT bill can easily run into £200 or more. When my dad first had the car taken for its MOT it cost him £500 as the prevous owner took the car to KwikFit who damaged the breaking system.

    I think my dad spends around £3000 a year on the car, £500 insurance, £600 on repairs/mots/servicing the rest is petrol, AA membership, road tax etc.

    Buying the car itself was the cheapest bit, he paid £1800 for it.
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    i washed my car last week (my mum made me, cos i took it to the beach and think i got half of the north-west's beaches in it)

    there is no way i would have a car at uni, it's stupidly expensiev and you'd have people trying to get lifts all the time.

    lou xxx
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    Whoeever mentioned buses, I am currently paying just £2.50 a week and that that is unlimited for any Stage Coach Manchester bus, they have more than 1000 buses and cover most of South Manchester and south east manc.

    Its only a special student ticket for the summer though, term time I have to spend £10 a week on a Greater Manchester ticket because the buses to Salford are Firstbus and the buses in South Manchester are Stagecoach. I guess even £10 is quite cheap compared to other areas though.

    The only reason my dad has a car is because of his business, it would be impossible by bus.
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    (Original post by lou p lou)
    i washed my car last week (my mum made me, cos i took it to the beach and think i got half of the north-west's beaches in it)

    there is no way i would have a car at uni, it's stupidly expensiev and you'd have people trying to get lifts all the time.

    lou xxx
    I wash my dads car once a month, the problem is as you have kind of mentioned is Salt water which is contained in the rain, salt causes rust so never washing a car is just like applying rust. The same applies to using washing up liquid it is full of rust, I always uses car shampoo and t-cut if required.
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    The crust of crap that covers my car protects it from the salt
    Do you just run a car into a ground or always buy new ones? My dad just runs his into the ground but makes them last as long as possible by serving them etc. My dads escort has 80,000 on the clock, yet has all the gadgets, electric everything, nice engine etc, airbags, yet its only worth £1500.

    Its only a standard 1.6 engine but the insurance cost for me was £2000 just to have me added to it so I am not insured to drive it so can't.

    The best car my dad was the £600 Lada he kept for 7 years before the man at the garage said "to am MOT on this car would be taking the piss, its only fit for a scap yard".
 
 
 
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