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    The cost of running my car (Ford Ka)

    Insurance: £450 per year (I have 2 yrs NCB)
    Tax: £110 per year
    Service: £80 per year
    Petrol: £15 per fortnight
    MOT: £45 per year (as long as it passes)

    Total per year: £685 + petrol .... so about 1K per year.
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    Hopefully I will be taking my car (entry in 2005), bought it a few months back and it has free servicing for the first 6 months. Admittedly theres still £800 odd for insurance and the price of petrol, but I think it's worth it. Anyway I'm fed up with taking 2 buses to college at the moment when it's only a 15 minute drive...so that justified getting it in my eyes

    Edit: there would be £110 for tax aswell, I suppose.
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    (Original post by who_me)
    The cost of running my car (Ford Ka)

    Insurance: £450 per year (I have 2 yrs NCB)
    Tax: £110 per year
    Service: £80 per year
    Petrol: £15 per fortnight
    MOT: £45 per year (as long as it passes)

    Total per year: £685 + petrol .... so about 1K per year.
    Suspension, tyres, clutches are all consumables which need replacing, you need to budget for that stuff. A clutch alone can cost £200. £80 seems very cheap for a service though.
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    (Original post by amazingtrade)
    Suspension, tyres, clutches are all consumables which need replacing, you need to budget for that stuff. A clutch alone can cost £200. £80 seems very cheap for a service though.
    Yes, they will need replacing at some point...but haven't needed to be replaced so far....the breakdown of expenses represented the costs I typically pay out for within a year...

    If you want me to be really specific, I bought two tyres this year which cost £30 each.
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    (Original post by who_me)
    Yes, they will need replacing at some point...but haven't needed to be replaced so far....the breakdown of expenses represented the costs I typically pay out for within a year...

    If you want me to be really specific, I bought two tyres this year which cost £30 each.
    How do you get your servicing so cheap? My dad pays around £160 for his 1.6 Zetec escort, although that is the fully loaded service they do change all filters, oil, spark plugs, coolant etc.
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    (Original post by amazingtrade)
    How do you get your servicing so cheap? My dad pays around £160 for his 1.6 Zetec escort, although that is the fully loaded service they do change all filters, oil, spark plugs, coolant etc.
    My friends dad owns a local garage and does it for me cheaply...

    In terms of cover, my family has cover for every car in the household so I don't have to pay any extra.

    Since we're getting down to the nitty gritty now, I suppose I should include screenwash (£2), my two magic trees (blue and green, £1.30 each), de-icer in winter (£3?)...occasional car wash (£5)...hehe
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    (Original post by amazingtrade)
    Do you just run a car into a ground or always buy new ones?
    I once ran mine into a lake, does that count?
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    (Original post by DenverDiva)
    I once ran mine into a lake, does that count?
    Only if you did on purpose. By running into the ground I mean don't bother replacing it until you go to the MOT and its just not worth getting it fixed.
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    (Original post by amazingtrade)
    Only if you did on purpose. By running into the ground I mean don't bother replacing it until you go to the MOT and its just not worth getting it fixed.
    i think you may have just missed out on a joke there... :rolleyes:

    i ran my mums old one into a rover (but not my fault, he came out a side road at 30mph, but i braked so he didn't hit my side)... so now i'm insured on my mums lovely month-old citreon c3 (she pays) and she also fills up the car (i'll get the bus when i see the tank is low, hehe)... err yeh so i'm lucky at the moment!

    lou xxx
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    Its not worth taking a car to uni - several of my housemates did and they had to pay £60 a year for the permit, plus its £1 everytime you go through the entry barrier (it gets billed to you). It was easy to go shopping on the bus, we sometimes went in the car but it wasn't necessary. If you didn't get a permit then the parking at UEA is £1.50 per 2 hours in the car park (extortionate in other words). The only time they really used the cars was to go home (as some of them did go home a lot) but I would barely have used a car a lot. One of the girls left her car in the car park without using it for so long that in the end the battery went dead and she had to call out the RAC because she couldn't find anyone who had jump leads to try and get it started herself.

    You could always get the car from your parents and leave it at home for your first year (still pay insurance on it so you build up your no claims) and then bring it to uni in your second year when you are living out and can park it on a driveway or in front of your house.
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    (Original post by Chicken)
    Its not worth taking a car to uni - several of my housemates did and they had to pay £60 a year for the permit, plus its £1 everytime you go through the entry barrier (it gets billed to you). It was easy to go shopping on the bus, we sometimes went in the car but it wasn't necessary. If you didn't get a permit then the parking at UEA is £1.50 per 2 hours in the car park (extortionate in other words). The only time they really used the cars was to go home (as some of them did go home a lot) but I would barely have used a car a lot. One of the girls left her car in the car park without using it for so long that in the end the battery went dead and she had to call out the RAC because she couldn't find anyone who had jump leads to try and get it started herself.
    I had my car there last year, didn't have to pay for parking, just left it on the road outside of the village. It made shopping a lot easier, and also the frequent McDonalds visits.

    Parking in the main car park is only £1 p/day if you live outside of the NR2 postcode, which I think is very cheap.

    I dont have to pay any insurance, tax or servicing costs though, and have my petrol paid for when I'm at home so I can get away with it easily. I don't think I'd bother if I had to pay all of that myself..
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    (Original post by Chris_)
    I had my car there last year, didn't have to pay for parking, just left it on the road outside of the village. It made shopping a lot easier, and also the frequent McDonalds visits.

    Parking in the main car park is only £1 p/day if you live outside of the NR2 postcode, which I think is very cheap.

    I dont have to pay any insurance, tax or servicing costs though, and have my petrol paid for when I'm at home so I can get away with it easily. I don't think I'd bother if I had to pay all of that myself..
    Another 2 of my housemates decided to bring theirs up after christmas and they parked them outside the village, however it wasn't quite as convenient cos it was quite a trek from where we were (plus then you always had to take the car back after unloading the shopping and walk all the way back again). After easter we discovered that you could lift the barrier in the main car park up so everytime they left the carpark we'd just jump out and lift up the barrier for whoever's car it was!

    Also it might be £1 a day, but you still have to buy the permit each year as well...
 
 
 
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