My car has been written off and I need another. It was a 2009 VW Scirocco with leather heated seats. The most important feature when I bought it was the fact the stereo would play my iPod. I loved that ‘cockpit’, comfort, everything immediately to hand and fabulous music. It was the perfect car for me.
The hire car is a BMW 220i. It has a fancy ‘M’ badge, which means it has a bit of umph under the bonnet. I’ve got to grips with the stereo, though it takes more clicks to find the album I want. Radio channels are still a bit hit and miss. The satnav seems to take an age to set. Lovely woman’s voice, though. Despite, or because of the ‘M’, I find the clutch biting point woolly in first gear. It tends to dawdle in getting going. Other than that, I love it. It suits me, at my age and driving style. I looked up the price – £45k. Made me sweat. However, without the ‘M’ it starts at £25! Same shape, same size engine judging by the 220i. How does that happen? Is the ‘M’ for people wanting to do 200mph round Silverstone? I’m happy just to gently cruise everywhere these days.
Then, I see a Mercedes on offer for £299 a month, a price I could afford. I’ve never even sat in one but it was a silver Mercedes that wrote me off. It was his dad’s car. Two lovely girls were in the car, so I can understand why he decided not to give way when entering a roundabout. Fortunately, I steered right and he was angled left. Instead of T boning me in the side, we cuffed and were propelled into different orbits. No-one was hurt. Mercedes are nice, aren’t they?
To complicate matters my son sells Fords. They are perfectly fine. Nice stereo. Satnavs seem standard. Little compartment for driving gloves and such. Boots are big enough for a body. Just the one. However, I’d be given a ‘family’ discount.
Then, of course, the world is changing. In a few years, petrol and diesel will be on the wane. Insurance costs will rise, even when you have a no fault accident.
Work is only 6.1 miles away. I pootle round town a bit. No long trips these days. Occasional country path but nothing off-road. I can always put the car coat on the back seat.
There must be some Afterworders who know about cars. What should I do?