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31-07-2020, 11:43 AM
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Bought my current Workhorse in March 2018 with 103350 miles on the clock, this morning the odometer reading is 150879, so in two and a quarter years have covered 47529 miles (roughly 50/50 SDP and business). the car cost 800.00 when purchased and 1846.19 in maintenance/repair, total cost of vehicle (so far) 2446.19. This breaks down to 0.05p per mile and 2.82p per day.
50.00 per 1000 miles seems very reasonable, especially as the minimum scrap value of the car is 200.00 so, depreciation is limited to 600.00 no matter what.
Does anyone else "Shoestring" motor?
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31-07-2020, 01:20 PM
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The risk of an older motor breaking down is too high and you don't know how it was treated/looked after before. So luckily always bought new or ex-demo in later life. When a lot younger did by second hand used, as that was all I could afford
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31-07-2020, 02:41 PM
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RS, there is always at least one new car in the family, I need a Workhorse, one of the delivery jobs I do involves the car only covering ten miles in a two and a quarter hour period, but I am in and out of the car around 70 times, and the car is running sort of continuously, but is switched on and off sometimes 30 times and, is susceptible to damage from the tight maneuvering involved, a half decent car would be wrecked in a couple of months, this one has amazed me, nearly 50,000 miles under these conditions.
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31-07-2020, 03:25 PM
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With that mileage on the clock, I'm guessing it's a diesel? Buying brand new is a mug's game, best to buy 6-12 months old. The best thing about a workhorse is that you don't have to worry about every scratch and dent.
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31-07-2020, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Longdogs ->
With that mileage on the clock, I'm guessing it's a diesel? Buying brand new is a mug's game, best to buy 6-12 months old. The best thing about a workhorse is that you don't have to worry about every scratch and dent.
This makes sense. My latest car was an ex-demo, six-months-old and was 2000 less than a brand-new one.
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31-07-2020, 09:30 PM
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My car is a work tool, when I was office bound, got through 27 brand new cars, between 1990 and 1996. Now the remote office has gone, and the type of work has changed, beyond recognition. Now its cheap and cheerful, with a good service history.
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31-07-2020, 09:37 PM
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Our cars are work horses too, my OH swears by his Land Rover, carts all sorts in it. Tools, Jacket, Boots, spare socks, Animal Feed, even sheep sometimes.
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01-08-2020, 07:25 AM
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Basic buying considerations for a Workhorse are, It must be a Ford Mondeo MK111, (the Mk1V is crap), maximum price 1000.00, maximum mileage 100,000, some service history, must have had Clutch and Dual Mass Flywheel replaced.
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when I paid 800.00 for the current workhorse, it came with a receipt for 820.00 from the previous month for the replacement of the Clutch and DMF.
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