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Decisions, Decisions!

I have mentioned before my little Scoobi car, a Subaru Justy. It is a nice little car, economical to run and quite nice to drive. It is a bit tatty, but looks do not detract from the ability of a car to get me from where I am to where I want to be. And this car has four-wheel drive, which was very useful during the snows last year.

Peugeot 306 MeridianBut I have been offered a Peugeot 306, 1998 model. It is a year newer than the Scoobie, a bit bigger, more comfortable and a lot tidier. It has been standing for over a year, so there is no MoT, VEL and the battery was rather non-responsive.

I now have the car at home. The battery is charged but the car misfires occasionally. The electronic odometer doesn’t work and I need the code to get the in-built radio working.

Being a 1600cc petrol engine, the car attracts a higher rate of VEL than the Scoobie and I guess the fuel consumption will not be as good. Insurance may be higher as well.

But, it is a lot tidier, much more comfortable, and that little bit bigger, meaning that I do not have to struggle to get Mum’s wheelchair in the boot.

So, this is my dilemma. Do I keep the very cheap-to-run Scoobie, or go for the newer, more comfortable and more expensive-to-run Pug?

Oh yes, and the Scoobie has a non-standard exhaust system which I have to weld up from time to time, whereas the Pug is standard in every way.

I always dread the sound that precedes the Scoobie’s exhaust falling apart, but it is not worth getting a new standard system. It would cost more than I paid for the car!

So, I could sell the Pug for the owner and receive a 10% commission on the sale, or sell the Scoobie and pay for the Pug for myself.

Of course, the Pug might fail the MoT big time, in which case there will be no decision to make, but I cannot find much wrong with it, so I think it will get through.

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  1. jke
    January 26, 2011 at 14:25

    I’d try to go for a Subaru-typed Mini Van that’s easier to sit in (~ disabled, wheel chair) because the seats are raised higher. Or see which car is better for your mum. Else, the Subaru 4WD & reliability is something very good. I know you want to keep the Peugeot 🙂

  2. January 26, 2011 at 16:02

    Hi JKE. I only need space to fold up the wheelchair and put it in, but the Subaru is just a little bit too small and I have to take bits off the chair before it will fit, whereas the 306 swallows it whole.
    I know the Scoobie is potentially more reliable than the 306, but I do a very low road mileage and the 306 has done only 45k miles.
    If I do go for the 306, it will be the first 2WD car in a very long time.

  3. jke
    January 26, 2011 at 16:34

    Aii, 45k is nothing! Peugeot then.

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