I'm still on my first car, a VW Vento which I originally bought when I was 17 @ 36k to keep for a few months and build up my NCB. I wasn't interested in either following the crowd or being raped by the insurance companies. It cost me £550 and my motoring journey had begun. Fast forward 3 years later and I still have it. I've had my eye out for a Corrado since joining this forum but nothing suitable has come up and it might not be until I am 21 that I can insure one.
I have since been offered a diesel Passat (2001). It belongs to a relative who has asked me to sell it as he is giving up driving, he told me to keep any money over £1000, yet am tempted to offer him this figure + bottle of whiskey and have the car for myself. This would avoid me putting on miles for the Vento and keep it in excellent condition. Also, the 2.0 petrol Vento does around 35mpg vs the TDI's 45+mpg. The Vento is overdue a cambelt change (Due to age, not mileage) and I guess will need work for its next MOT in 8 months time (Corrosion issues), while the Passat requires no expenditure any time soon, its been very well looked after (has also covered low miles for a TDI ~ 65K)
Thing is, I don't really want to sell the Vento, its in perfect working order and have been sure to keep it in excellent condition. I bought it from an old guy who had it since new, still remember going round to his house and buying it with my father in 2009 and following eachother back in convoy (felt as though we were on Top Gear!). I've done around 15k in it over the years, been around most of Scotland, taken the car abroad, its been a commuting car, I've volunteered as the driver on family holidays, its ferried drunken mates around, we've taken it to festivals, camping, days out, ..everything, and its never put a foot wrong.
When I bought it was just an older car, but now its beginning to look more 'retro and becoming rarer by the day. Mileage is currently sitting at 50k making it still a low mileage example. I couldn't bring myself to ruin it, so the car so remains in original condition. It has to be one of the best ones out there.
So should I sell the Vento + Buy the Passat? I could probably get back what I paid for the Vento.
Should I run the Vento to the ground? (Factor in £200/300 for next MOT + Same kind of money for the cambelt).
Keep both cars - would have to store the Vento (Not sure if its good to keep a car in storage and the expense of 're-commissioning'..)
Sorry for the long thread!
Happy new year!