Been out and about today and came across a rather quiet housing estate with some incredible examples of auto****e in almost every garden and I started thinking to myself you just don't seem to see many older cars on the roads these days. I even notice 96 reg cars are thinning out on the roads today, I'll always take notice of anything 96 or earlier while out driving.
The oldest car I saw on the road today was a MK3 Golf.
Older cars seem to be disappearing quicker by the day.
When was the last time you saw a MK3 Fiesta, MK3 Astra or a MK5/6 escort?
Even cars like the Volvo 850 or the MK3 Ford Transit are seldom seen now.
I suppose it's partly to do with the high price of scrap over the past few years and the government scrappage scheme but before that the roads were filled with older cars.
I guess you could argue the point and say old cars are sometimes taken off the road for a reason, but it always struck me as odd when people would scrap a perfectly reasonable 96/7 car because its failed the NCT and replace it for something new and expensive, which will most likely just cost more to own in the long run as well as buying it in the first place.
Here are a few of the cars that I saw today while in this estate. I couldn't get photos because I was being watched by people. I'll be back there, though.
This was next to a Renault 5 which sat under a cover in a driveway. A perfect example of someone taking good care of a perfectly good old car, I thought to myself. The Civic (85-D-1768) is still on its first owner.