I get a car allowance from work, and do a few miles, but not like sales rep amount.
Currently have a merc E-class diesel, which is great for the M-ways, but not so fun. Well, not really fun at all.
I am getting pissed off with racking the miles up on it from new, and paying through the nose for a PCP (mileage limits and all that) and have decided to bin the idea of the single car for all purposes come change time in Dec.
I plan to get a used Mondeo (or suchlike, its no so important) oilburner to smoke the work miles, and get a toy for weekends and every spare minute I have. I've always been into TVRs, and I used to work in Blackpool, watching them screaming around with the trade plates gaffer taped to the back. This was when the Cerbera had just come out and it just looked and sounded like nothing else, and still does TBH. In fact every TVR does, and thats why I love them. They are honest, drop-jawed gorgeous, howling, screaming banshees... and obviously blisteringly quick.
Anyway, TVR was the first thing I thought about when I had this idea. Everyone I spoke to kept trying to persuade me into things like Lotus Elise or old school porkers like 968. These are all very well, but just don't set me alight like TVR.
The thing about recent TVRs is that they are all fantastic, I don't really even have a model preference, but that might be enforced on me by other factors.
I reckon a bank loan to the payment I am paying now will net me £5k for a smoker and £12k for a plaything. That looks to be good for a decent chimaera on a 98 or newer plate (I hear reliability improved a lot from this point on), or a slightly higher miles, slight lower in the market cerbera. It might even stretch to a tuscan, but probs a duff one for this money.
I have heard about tuscan and cerbera costing "around twice as much" as griff and chim, but I am not really sure if this is because they are less reliable (more electrics to go wrong etc) or because they are quicker they have more performance parts, or higher service costs etc.
Now I only have estimates for running costs, but does £500 for a yearly service plus £1k to 2k odds and sods maintenance and repairs sound accurate for a well looked after chim? Does this increase ridiculously with a cerb or tusc?
I would be interested to know what anyone thinks really, cos I am sure there are lots of experts and owners in here, and I feel v green to it all... but excited!