the way forward for the banger is in peril

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The complexity of at the moment’s automobiles isn’t banger pleasant
You may not be unhappy that automobiles just like the Ford Granada are disappearing, however at the moment’s automobiles do not stand as much as put on and tear almost as effectively

I have to say I’m a bit involved about the way forward for the banger. In 10 or 20 years’ time, I could also be too incoherent and senile to care, however proper now, it doesn’t look that good. 

Insurers Admiral did the standard attention-seeking factor and revealed that there are simply 799 Ford Granadas in circulation. Or a minimum of on our roads. Properly, that at all times occurs: what was as soon as road furnishings ultimately, by pure wastage and rust, turns into a rarity. This isn’t bangers dying out: it’s simply them turning into classics. What is meant to occur is that you simply transfer on to the subsequent technology of uncared for and missed 2000-onwards motors. 

Issues like a Honda Civic, which is a recurring favorite of yours. A 2001 Civic 1.4i with 112,000 miles as an undesirable seller part-exchange prices £295. It has these large wide-eyed headlights and just a few age-related beauty marks and knocks. That’s worth for cash proper there. 

The Toyota equal is the Corolla. A 1997 1.6 GS can nonetheless do a job, particularly at £475, which appears reasonably expensive truly, but when it by no means breaks down, then that’s a just-add-petrol scenario. 

The purpose I’m making right here is that these are the completely reliables which have proved themselves in the true world. Nonetheless, the subsequent technology of potential bangers just isn’t trying good. A reader writes – and I’ll shield his id – that he has lately spent high quality time delivering rent automobiles and what he’s experiencing just isn’t nice in relation to put on and tear. Clearly, rent automobiles lead a really arduous life certainly, however these are 19-plate autos and are not more than 10 weeks outdated and with mileages which might be lower than 1500. 

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So let’s begin with some worn carpets on a Hyundai i10 and Honda Jazz. Extra critical is a service gentle being on at 3500 miles with a Ford Tourneo Courier. Annoying is a frozen touchscreen on a Ford Focus and worsening, particularly for neighbours, is a repeated alarm activation on a Citroën C4 Cactus. Driver’s door switches not engaged on a Mini Countryman should be snagged and false tyre stress warnings on each a Jazz and a Mitsubishi Outlander are a shock. 

Our undercover correspondent signed off with a “Better of luck shopping for a banger in 10 to 15 years’ time”. He has some extent. Automobiles are actually needlessly sophisticated. It’s disturbing that the automobiles he’s driving are field recent and already displaying indicators of failure. I spent a while with a significant provider of warranties known as Motoreasy. They’ve the real-world stats, which determine repeat reliability offenders. Possibly I’ll inform you some real-life breakdown tales quickly.

What we virtually purchased this week

Audi TT 1.8T Quattro: The 1.8T is the orphan within the Mk1 vary however regardless of: this one, a 2002-reg with 112,000 miles, appears to be like like a cut price. It’s bought full service historical past, claims the personal vendor, and has had simply three earlier house owners. This could go in its favour – aside from the truth that they may all have been animals behind the wheel. 

Tales from Ruppert’s storage

Mini Cooper, mileage – 102,954: My 1964 Mini, which has been piling on the miles lately, made a visitor look on the Autocar Awards and was in a little bit movie that was proven on the evening. I made the epic journey. Properly, it was solely a 250-ish-mile spherical journey, and blimey was it noisy. I often do half-hour blasts, however six hours at 250dB was reasonably tiring for somebody of my age, however enormous enjoyable. 

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I’ll give it a fast once-over as a result of it’s due an MOT. Legally, it doesn’t want one, however one can be silly to not. 

Reader’s experience

Skoda Fabia property: Steve Lee is giving us an replace on his Fabia 1.9 TDI property: “It isn’t far in need of 177,000 miles. It was initially for my son, who wanted one thing low cost and economical. As soon as he had completed with it, I took it over and used it for work and now my spouse makes use of it. 

“Throughout its time with us, it took 4 of us and a boot load to close Frankfurt and again at 60mpg. That was when it had completed 144,000 miles. Since then, I’ve used it to maneuver the contents of my daughter’s flat, twice. 

“Whereas we’ve had it, it has had solely routine upkeep and servicing, a few entrance dampers, rear door locking solenoids, two brake gentle switches and some minor issues. I’ve completed all of the work myself. It’s been the perfect automobile I’ve ever had and I’ve had just a few.”

Query: I’ve bought £5000 to spend on a primary automobile for my 18-year-old daughter. Is that this sufficient or would I be higher off paying a smaller deposit and £100 a month for one thing newer? Gordon Turner, Bedford

Reply: For £100 a month and a £200 deposit, you could possibly get her a 2016 Renault Twingo with 27,000 miles however that’s a four-year PCP with an elective closing cost of £2300. Merely put, you’ve paid £5000 over the time period however nonetheless don’t personal the automobile. So see for those who can persuade her to take a 2015 Skoda Citigo SE with 38,000 miles for £5000 lifeless – no deposit, no month-to-month funds and she will part-ex it any time. John Evans

Query: I’ve been noticed doing 38mph in a 30mph zone by pace watch volunteers. I used to be caught doing the identical pace by police in the identical zone two years in the past and attended a pace consciousness course. Will I get a ticket for being caught once more? Lucy Harris, Folkestone

Reply: Velocity watch volunteers can’t problem tickets. The worst you’ll face is a letter out of your native police saying they’ve bought your quantity and if you’re noticed once more, they might act or pay you a go to for a spot of additional training. John Evans

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