OLDER & WISER

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Your Letters -

I fully agree with Karl Sheri­dan’s com­ments about older cars (‘Age Con­cern’, Your Let­ters, July 2018). My wife and I run six cars, plus a 1993 Peu­geot J5 cam­per, with the new­est be­ing a 2000 Vaux­hall Zafira 2.0 and the oldest a 1975 MGB GT. Over here in France, the equiv­a­lent to the UK’S MOT is nor­mally only needed ev­ery two years, or an­nu­ally for com­mer­cials and ev­ery five years for cars more than 30 years old. No ve­hi­cles are ex­empt, ex­cept mo­tor­bikes, and there’s no road tax. Once you have paid for your in­sur­ance – which is con­tin­u­ous and can­not be stopped un­less a car is sold or scrapped – the only other ex­penses are your test, ser­vic­ing and fuel in the tank.

Richard San­ders

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