The bond between man and machine
Before moving to Cornwall I used to commute between Preston and Lake Ullswater once a week, probably doing about 200 miles including the motorway journey. I could cope with doing this sort of milage as at the start of this year I was moving and now have to Truro, and with moving I wanted to get the milage down on the car (the previous owner managed to put on 17,000 miles between Feb and Oct) as its now crept up to 63,000 on an 53 plate.
The dilemma I am now facing is that where I live my options for work are limited because of my trade as it now looks like I am going to have to travel to and from work, and could be doing anything upto 300 miles a week. I've worked this out and without social commuting I could be doing around 14,000 miles just going to work a year.
I'm faced with a few options, first is try to change trades and accept a lower paid job with far less resposibility. Another is buy a 2nd cheap car that it doesn't matter about putting on the milage, or selling the 147 and getting a gtv. Only thing is I love the car and really don't want to part with it, even all the problems I've had with it, and the money I've put in to get it sorted to how the car should be (was a bit neglected before I bought), none of it detters me from getting in the car. To be honest I would rather get a loan and get a gtv aswell, but the girlfriend has frowned on that idea a tad because of parking here.
I'd like to know what peoples opinion is about this, or has anyone else faced this dilemma. The move to start a new life hasn't exactly gone to plan just yet, but what always does!
Keep you posted, Alex