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Daily Driver?

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  • 28-01-2022 4:57pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 9


    Anyone using a classic as their daily driver?

    Love to get some advice on what might be a good fit for school runs, regular commutes (dublin — wicklow) and maybe even be capable of driving across a field now and then!

    Budget between €15k — €20k, also open to importing from Europe, I drove a LHD here for years.

    My heart says go to Germany and get a G-Class Benz but my head says it'll be a world of trouble, buy a 5-year-old Hyundai and shut-up.

    If you know your cars — what do you say?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,308 ✭✭✭w124man




  • Registered Users Posts: 9 henryfool


    That's beautiful! - I have a dog though... I couldn't put a dog in that.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭MrCostington


    Wow never seen that dealer before, some lovely stock there ..... might do the lotto tonight :)

    OP, I assume you are aware that it's very difficult, if not impossible, to insure a classic without having a daily policy (assuming you are in the ROI)?

    However, just last week I was at the bottle bank and a guy pulled up in a 126 500se so got chatting, he says he has it insured as a daily. I met a guy at a show once that made the same claim, so maybe it's possible, but for mine I found many insurers would not take me on as I have no garage (but have underground parking) and other would not let me drive the odd day into work.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,308 ✭✭✭w124man


    I have my E200 W124 as my daily so I can have a classic policy. I'll be swapping over my daily to an 03 Golf and putting the E200 on the classic policy



  • Registered Users Posts: 9 henryfool


    Thanks for the advice... I hadn't considered the fact that I'd need to be insured on another car as well. I guess it's back to the drawing board for me....



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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,862 ✭✭✭RobAMerc


    my mate has a 1990 Merc insured as his daily driver, so there is no reason you cant daily a classic, you just cant have classic insurance without a main car.

    Its also a really nice example of a very nice, useable classic car for daily transport ( dog and all ). It might even be for sale soon ( and in your budget ). But just for full disclosure, I also have the same model car which I use as my dog transport - so I am a bit of a fan.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9 henryfool


    Ok thanks for that, I wasn't expecting to get cheaper insurance, just cheaper tax hopefully, I've also heard some insurers won't insure cars over 20 years old, is this common? or is just a matter of shopping around?



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,862 ✭✭✭RobAMerc


    shop around - my friend made a few calls but as far as I recall he had a couple of options in the end.

    I'll ask him



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,292 ✭✭✭em_cat


    Absolutely adore the Mercedes TE, I grew up in one of those. It was my tiny grandmothers, I along with 10 of her children learned to drive in it. I have some fond memories and our TE was always there!



  • Registered Users Posts: 844 ✭✭✭GeneHunt


    WOW that website has some very nice cars, I spotted the 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE (see below) in "Past Sales" section of the website and thought, I recognize that car!! However when I zoomed in on the reg (89-D-120109), it's not it, it's out by 51 (89-D-120160), someone local to me owns this beauty, back in '89 they were rare to see, I only know one, a well known horse breeder near me had one with the reg of 90-TS-777...





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  • Registered Users Posts: 15 Nick84


    The following generation W140 can also be called a classic now. It has much more in common with the G-Class than the W126. Take a look, you may like it more.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,842 ✭✭✭saabsaab


    It is possible to have a stand alone policy (at least it was) I had one through a broker. Insurance was similar to a modern car but there was the lower tax. I would say that a Saab 900, 9000 or a Volvo 240 would do the job and be reliable too if looked after. Buy a good one and you'd be fine.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,842 ✭✭✭saabsaab




  • Registered Users Posts: 15 Nick84


    Some other cars that could be interesting: a first-gen Range Rover or Rover SD1 with that V8, or if you're more into the 90s possibly a Lancia Thema, Alfa Romeo 166, Lexus LS, JZX100, or an E34 bimmer. All could be decent dailies.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,308 ✭✭✭w124man




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