OW many cars have you got, Guthrie?” asked a colleague the other day. She’d seen an Instagram post post alluding to my ownership of what could be misconstrued as a fleet. “Three,” I replied, “and a motorcycle.”
Out of context it does sound decadent. But consider this: none of these machines cost more than three grand. My Saab 93 Viggen and VW Corrado each cost less than £2000. My partner’s VW Lupo GTI cost just under £3000 and if we sold it tomorrow we’d get the same amount back, possibly more, having bought a clean specimen and treated it well.
To keep running costs within reasonable limits the three cars are never on the road at the same time. After five months of inactivity the Viggen has just been revived for winter.
The main issue that emerged from having the radge Swede sitting in the driveway since May was seized handbrake shoes, a problem remedied with the application of a sledgehammer to the rear discs. The Corrado, being of an age and state to prohibit use when the roads are plastered in salt and constant rainwater, has been forced into hibernation.
Not for me the world of PCP or hire purchase. At such a lowly rung of the motoring ladder depreciation is miniscule verging on nonexistent, and if you do your research you can have as much