Older cars vs Newer cars?
My 206 went in for its MOT today and failed on a few points, some needlessly minor (like the jets not hitting the windscreen at standstill - because 206 jets are rubbish and if you dont angle them up loads they dont reach when driving along), and some that will cost a fair bit to fix (circa £320).
this is however with the knowledge that the advisory bits will need doing by next year, and that alone is another £160 on top of whatever else falls off (had 5 new bits of exhaust so far this year).
Now i've long had the opinion that it all balances out in the end:
old cars = cheap insurance, high maintenance
new cars = higher insurance, cheap maintenance, finance costs (because i can't afford newer outright)
given the predicted increase in repair costs i'm facing i'm wondering if anyone has any views on this? Can one save money buying newer (i.e. 1-2 years old) or is it just a case of having a sparkly new car?
the g/f had a 206 which started having loads and loads go wrong till it totally died (she got the grand total of £14 from someone buying it to repair), and seeing the hassle she had i'm not wanting the same running battle.