OK, then let’s buy a car with a GFV. You know, one that will either maintain or go up in value. The easiest type of car to buy is a runabout with a long MOT which will be worth exactly the same six months later, usually when winter is over. A 2001 Honda Accord 2.3i V-Type automatic: easy to own and drive, spacious, practical and despite 150,000 miles worth £500 all day long. I also saw a Volkswagen Lupo, a 2002 with a full history at £599, which is probably the most re-saleable car and soon it will have to start bobbing up in value. A guaranteed return is always a classic and I had the opportunity to buy a Renault 4 van the other day for £1000 and didn’t, for logistical reasons. I’m still an idiot though.
An APR for me is something which is going to last for years, a hardy annual which will go on and on. With my coupé or at least interesting three-door hatch head on, that would lead me over and again to the rather wonderful Volvo C30. There are some real cheapies about now, but spend a solid £3500 and suddenly a 2007 1.8 SE Lux is within reach. It has a full service history and a very reasonable 60,000 miles.
PCP? To me that’s a car for personal use. No one else needs to be on board, or at least a significant other. So maybe a coupé. Once I saw a part exchanged 2006 Peugeot 407 2.7 HDi V6 GT it was hard to get out of my head. Especially at £1200. Automatic, deep black paintwork and it looked very impressive.
The only abbreviation you need to know is FSH (Full Service History, not Follicle-Stimulation Hormone… – ed). Knowing is one thing, checking it out is something else.
What we almost bought this week
Reliant Regal Van
New year, new start: this could be just the thing to mobilise your thrusting new enterprise in 2019. Fully restored, all-new and with a luxurious fur-lined interior, it has only 50,000 miles on the clock. It’s on sale for £14,995 – a snip compared with the £42,000 that Del Boy’s made at auction in 2017. Fluffy dice and ‘tax-inpost’ note optional.
Tales from Ruppert’s garage
Land Rover Series 3, mileage - 129,525: As I write this, there is another niggle, but I will save that up for a future report. Just as alarming though was finding the driver’s side sliding window in my lap after a spirited slam. I was parked at the time and did attempt to re-attach it, until I got bored and also realised it was impossible.