Lantus wrote: »
Keep both cars. Presumably they are paid for and owe you nothing. Save up for something now before they break down. Ev is not for you. Just get a nice petrol and enjoy.
namloc1980 wrote: »
Yeah both paid for. The Avensis motor tax is €790 a year alone. Need shot of it fairly lively as it does virtually no driving now but still has heavy fixed costs.
I have a dedicated space alright. Estate is currently being taken into charge by the council so the developer has zero interest, and I'm not sure how open Councils are to outside stand alone chargers on what are public footpaths?
namloc1980 wrote: »
Hi folks. Can I get some of your expertise please? Currently we are a 2 car family (2 adults and 2 primary school going kids). We have a 09 petrol Avensis (grand car - never gave an ounce of trouble but has 200k km on the clock now nearly) and a 15 Ford Fiesta petrol.
We're going to be working from home long term even after Covid and seriously considering downgrading to a single car family and looking at electric options. Kids schools are close by and easily cycled/walked most days (bar very wet weather). The Avensis is doing hardly any driving at the moment while my wife uses the Fiesta to go to the shops (we live in a small town so c.5 minute trips), commute to work 1-2 days a week, which is a 40 km round trip (mix of slowish urban driving and some faster dual carriageway) and also to visit family (all within c.20km radius).
One big issue is that we live in a terraced house with no off street parking so home charger is a non-runner. Are we mad to think electric (or even PHEV) or just go for a newer petrol again? Live in east Cork so not very familiar with the charging network to date but don't think it's great (could be wrong). No charging at my wife's workplace either but it's under "review".
JustAThought wrote: »
I took my car off the road a few years back because I wasn’t needing it & decided to save on the insurance bill. BIG MISTAKE. After 4 months my work location circumstances changed & I needed it again and I could not get insurance. I’d been driving for donkeys years & had full clean license, no claims etc.
I had to go through absolute hoops and it took me months to get insurance again - and it was double what I’d paid before. Whatever you decide be very careful about leaving someone with a gap in their insurance. Its a big swindle but ALL the companies do it - they set you back to zero and you lose your no claims & good driver status and history and are treated almost as a new driver & that was even if you had been with the one same company for 6 years & they know you have a record of zero claims or accidents. I went theough the phonebiok and could not gef a quote. And no - they are ‘entitled’ to refuse to quote you after a 3 month gap of no insurance. The industry has it sewn up & neither the regulator nor the ao called ombudsman will help you. I urge caution. And named driver is NOT the same.