14
July

Classic Cars

Cars are becoming more and more regulated to the point that barely any of them have any real personalities and are more just things that get you from a to b in relative comfort and that’s that. It’s all starting to feel a bit stagnant, sure we have cars that go a bit faster than others, but that’s about it when it comes to the versatility of automobiles. Reviews will try to tell you otherwise with their contrasting star ratings, but have you ever noticed that on any car site that lets the reader or public rate cars, pretty much every single car floats around the 4 stars out of 5 mark. Things have all become very mundanely good.

Triumph Spitfire

Take the Triumph Spitfire for example, a classic two seater designed by Giovanni Michelotti who was Italian, but we won’t dwell on that too much. The Spitfires were built in Coventry and they look much better than any car that is on the road today, especially the Mark I model, which I actually think looks pretty modern. It’s not a car that’s obsessed with looking aggressive and sporty like all of today’s cars but it still packs a punch that’s for sure.

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Rolls Royce Corniche

Another car that I would pick over any of today’s offerings is the Rolls Royce Corniche, a cabriolet Silver shadow that looks like the kind of vehicle you can imagine a dictator driving. I miss the times when designers would let things pop and give a vehicle layers and gradient. Like how the grille triangles out over the bonnet, with the impressive Rolls Royce “Spirit of Ecstasy mascot stood on top of it. These cars were exciting to look at because designers had free reign, and didn’t have to worry about how streamlined the car would look and rounding everything down which in my opinion dulls down the cars. Look at the two pictures below and tell me which has more character? I’d take a second hand Corniche before a brand new Phantom Coupe any day of the week.

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Volkswagen Golf

When I talk about classics I don’t just mean luxurious models form prestigious brands that only the rich can afford. Take the Volkswagen Golf for example, a car that has seen nothing but success but I can’t help but feel that the Golf is dining off of it ancestors as it’s not really too different to any of the other countless hot hatches that populate the market these days. Based on the actual drive, it’s quite hard to tell the difference between the Audi A3, the SEAT Leon or the Skoda Octavia these days. The Golf is another car that has fell victim to the rounded bubble style like the Rolls Royce, nothing is defined or distinguished, it’s like staring into a face that has no features. Unsurprisingly then, I’d take a second hand Volkswagen Golf over a new one.

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14
July

Buying your next car

As the majority of us know, buying your next car can be a very tough challenge and with all the stress that is involved people can often get led into a viscous circle of bad decisions and choices and ultimately the wrong car. There are a few simple tips/rules you can follow when buying your next car that can help to make sure that you aren’t making a complete mistake.

The first thing that is recommended is to buy nearly new, whilst that second hand Mazda MX-6 you saw on the internet may be unquestionably cheap, a thing you will learn in the motor world, is if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Now I’m not saying you can’t get great offers on used cars, but in the long run you may end up spending more. In the case of the Mazda MX-6 you can get one for under £600, but you will likely end up spending more money maintaining it, you also miss out on the lower running costs that present themselves in newer models.

Secondly don’t always assume bigger is better. Many people make the mistake of buying a large car with long distance journeys in mind as it is pretty intuitive that the larger the car the comfier you and your family will be on your long drive to wales in the summer. This makes sense however if all of your other driving is done within the same 50 mile radius that second hand Kia Soul you were eyeing up may not be the best option. Small cars are generally a lot more efficient, and the money you save will pay for a hire car for that week in wales, and you’ll still have some money left over.

Thirdly, consider leasing. Many people think that leasing isn’t a great route to go down and would rather own the vehicle, however in this day and age of credit consumerism, leasing is becoming more and more common, and even sensible. A friend of mine is leasing a Peugeot 308 and they have pledged to never but another car again. At the end of the day, very few of us can afford to buy new cars outright, but you can have a nice new car on a lease deal, and sure you might end up paying out more in the long run, but you probably wouldn’t notice and it’s for a car you could never have afforded outright anyway. You will also save money as the car will be newer and therefore more efficient, furthermore you won’t have to spend anywhere near as much on servicing and mot as you would if you bought a second hand car.

Lastly whatever car you are after, whether you want a new Vauxhall Insignia, a contract hire Jaguar XF or a second hand Mercedes-Benz CL make sure you do your research and know exactly what you want before you commit to being face to face with a salesman of any sort.

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14
July

Affordable MG Cars

MG is a British Car Manufacturer that has its headquarters in Birmingham, England. Whilst MG is home grown to a certain extent you don’t see a great deal of them on British roads even though they offer some good affordable cars. If they aren’t on your car buying radar already, the following MG models definitely should be.

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MG TF

The Mg MGTF is the MG that marked somewhat of a comeback for the brand in 2002 but it only saw production until 2005 when MG Rover collapsed. First of all it is a great looking little car and whilst this sporty roadster is a car that is as fun to drive as it looks. The MG TF has since been put back into production under MG’s new Chinese owner, but if you really want a bargain you can get one of the 2002-2005 models for under a grand.

MG ZT

If you can remember the Rover 75, then think of the MG ZT as a sportier younger version of it. The ZT was produced from 2001-2005. Depending on which engine you go for the ZT can offer a decent performance that would make you think you are behind the wheel of a muscle car but with better handling. They are no longer in production so a second hand MG ZT would be your only option which shouldn’t be too much of an issue as they can be had for under a grand!

MG 6

This is the Mg MG 6, many consider it to be the first substantial attempt by the new owners to put MG back in the lime light and I think it looks great. From what I have read the equipment levels are strong across the range. Its performance is good and it is pretty good to drive, but more importantly it is cheaper than a lot of its rivals. Whilst some of the websites have given the MG6 poor reviews, everyday owners seem to be pretty satisfied i.e WhatCar gave it a 2/5 whereas its readers gave it 4/5.

MG ZR

The MG ZR is another sportier counterpart to rover but this time it is the Rover 25 which puts it under the bracket of the “hot-hatch”. The main difference between the MG ZR and the Rover 25 is the introduction of sports suspension and a sportier, more aggressive image. As far as I’m concerned the ZR looks as good today as many of its rivals. It was one of the most popular hatchbacks going on British roads when it was under production so it is a wonder as to why it hasn’t been brought back. For a second hand MG ZR you should be looking to spend around £1,200.

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