21 February 2011

Let's start Motoring - Part 2

They say one of the biggest most important rules of bidding at auction is to stick to your limit. With less than a minute before the auction ends I had to decide if I have to break that rule. And so with seconds to spare I upped my bid. The feeling was quite surreal as I sat in front of the computer, looking at the screen telling me that I won the bid. My feeling of excitement was accompanied by nervousness. Buying a car is one thing, buying a second hand, twenty-six year old French car is quite another.

So why did I spend £973 on a Renault 5. Let’s face it; there are far newer and better cars available for less money. For many cars are like a white good, a washing machine. You buy something that will do its job, and do it at a reasonable price. The old Nissan Micra is a good example. It offers good value, is easy to run and will in no doubt ever go wrong, but it does absolutely nothing to interest me. When buying a car I’d much rather go for something I’d enjoy, and if that means spending a bit more on something that is not as good, but has more charm and character, then so be it.

After a call to the seller a meeting was arranged. Saturday was just around the corner, and it was going to be a long day.

15 February 2011

Let's start Motoring - Part 1

It all happened very quickly. The prospect of our business moving premises meant that I should start looking at purchasing a car. Even with a budget of a grand one really is spoiled for choice, especially with small cars. The French are also notoriously popular in this sector of the market and ads a bit of Gallic charm to an otherwise competent but, what I find a rather boring selection from the likes of Volkswagen, Ford and Vauxhall. It didn't take long for me to decide to start looking for a cheeky little Renault 5, a car that harks back to my childhood days, when my dad still had an original yellow TS, with the compulsory rust spots of course.

It was less than a week since I decided to start looking for a Five when one particular model caught my eye on eBay. It was a 1985 1.4 GTL with a mere 23,000 miles on the clock. I kept an eye on the auction and on one rather nervous Thursday night I decided to bid on it. With under a minute left before the auction ended I was outbid; I had about twenty seconds to decide what to do next...