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Your first car

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woodbine
woodbine Community member Posts: 12,103 Disability Gamechanger
What was your first car, in 1976 I bought a 1962 MK1 Ford Cortina for £40, lasted me a couple of months, it was quickly followed by a 1965 Triumph Herald which lasted me a little bit longer, by 1984 I had moved on to company cars and a new one every two years.

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  • ShirleyW
    ShirleyW Community member Posts: 355 Pioneering
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    Ooh my first car was a yellow and cream coloured Ford Anglia.   Got it in 1972 when I was 18 and paid £45 for it.  I can't remember what year it was. 

    My Dad kept it going for a couple of years for me.  He was very good at fixing cars.  
  • leeCal
    leeCal Community member Posts: 7,550 Disability Gamechanger
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    My first vehicle was a grey minivan for work and pleasure, bought it in approx 1972 for £90, it was a good un which is why it cost so much! 🤣 I had to borrow the money to buy it but it was great, much better than my old Vespa 150gl bought in 1970, Drier too. 🙂

    “This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.” 
    ― Dalai Lama XIV

  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 14,983 Disability Gamechanger
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    Mine was a ”new” (BMW) Mini Cooper, a 2002 model. A brilliantly fun little car. :)
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,031 Disability Gamechanger
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    My first car was in 1989. A Ford Cortina MK5. My dear nan bought it for me and it cost £800. It never started on a cold morning and always had to push it accross the road to the hill so i could bump start it lol. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,508 Disability Gamechanger
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    I've never owned a car, but I learnt in my driving instructor's Mini :) I don't know any more information about it other than that :D 

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  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,949 Disability Gamechanger
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    I've never owned a car, but I learnt in my driving instructor's Mini :) I don't know any more information about it other than that :D 
    I've always wanted a Mini :D I don't know why but they just appeal to me so much 
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 14,983 Disability Gamechanger
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    @Biblioklept I don't know if you meant the "old" Mini or the "new" Minis from BMW. I currently have a Mini on Motability and it's the best car ever for me. They say you have to compromise with a car i.e. sacrifice fuel economy for speed or practicality for reliability but the Mini literally does everything I want it to. It is smooth, comfortable, fast, economical and reliable!!! The only thing it doesn't do is carry lots of people so it wouldn't do as a family car but for me it's perfect.
  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,949 Disability Gamechanger
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    That's so interesting!! I didn't realise they were actually good cars too, I just liked how they look  :D I figured they were more novelty cars but I suppose that was probably more the old ones. I love the new ones from BMW, is that what you drive? 
    I love the smooth, comfortable and reliable. 

    I keep thinking if I get a car I might try and do electric though. A taxi driver recently was chewing my ear off about how amazing they are and it sold me on them a bit. Do they do electric Minis?! 
  • Karen7788
    Karen7788 Scope Member Posts: 598 Pioneering
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    I’ve never had a car, couldn’t tell the difference between an Aston Martin and a Ford Escort 😊
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 14,983 Disability Gamechanger
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    @Biblioklept you can get an electric Mini yes! I was considering one myself. If you have a driveway to park your car on, and can live with the 100 mile range, I think they are perfect.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,508 Disability Gamechanger
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    I like them too @Biblioklept :) I don't have any plans to get a car, and I'm going to avoid driving if I can to be honest, but I did like learning in a Mini. Electric cars are cool, so it's good to know that they do electric Minis @66Mustang

    I've been seeing more and more Teslas around recently. I'm not sure if it's a Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon type thing, or whether more people in my area have been buying them.

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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 14,983 Disability Gamechanger
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    We see lots of Teslas as well @Tori_Scope. It used to be a sight to see one, now it's unusual if we don't see half a dozen!

    Teslas (and any electric car) are very very cheap for people to have as company cars due to the benefit in kind tax rates being almost zero for them, which is why even though they have a really expensive list price, you see lots of them around.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,508 Disability Gamechanger
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    Ahh, that makes sense @66Mustang! You learn something new every day :) 

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