Mr. M

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  1. Thanks for all of the links. I have actually thought of signing up for a car club but I am leaving that as my last resort; ie. if I really cannot find any solution at all to buy a car. Your sums certainly make sense, no doubt about that... Actually, cars seldom make financial sense, especially from where I'm from where government tax on cars can double or triple the actual worth of the car. Believe it or not, it is still cheaper to run a car in the UK, factoring all costs in. I just find it really ridiculous to be paying so much insurance for a car that's worth not that much. I am intending to convert my Singapore licence to a UK licence, so that won't be a problem. Thanks for the welcome as well! I got that quote from (surprising that you mentioned it), and it was for a used BMW 320d. Yes, I do have an Oyster to get around now, and public transport is actually pretty alright in London except for when the Tube goes on strike. I really want to get out to the countryside though. I miss driving, I haven't been away from driving for such a long time. Perhaps a car sharing scheme like mentioned above is the best alternative. M
  2. Hi all, Let me first introduce myself. I'm an international student studying in Central London, so conditions for owning a car aren't that great to begin with. Thank goodness that my halls of accommodations has parking lots, so I have already reserved one. So parking's settled. I thought that was going to be the end of the problems I'll be having but I realised there is more than that. Insurance. Insurance is really, really expensive in the UK. I was shocked when I got a quote of 16k/year for a car that's only worth 10k quid. I do realise that my age (turning 21 in two weeks) is a problem and so is my driving history in the UK (basically none, though I have held a driving licence from Singapore for about 2 years + already). I am actually quite keen on a MkI GTI: 1989 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 1.8 GTI 5DR 8V But so far I haven't gotten a reasonable quote with anyone yet. So I'm willing to consider almost any car that is insurable. Do you guys have suggestions for my predicament? I know it doesn't make sense to own a car in London but I think as car lovers, you guys would understand why I still want to own one. Ownership is a very different experience, and I believe, an enriching one as well, compared with rental. I will not be driving regularly in Central London, that would be just daft, but I'll drive the car out of the city on weekends or holidays which I will have more time. And also, I'll probably drive during the off-peak times if I really need to to escape the congestion charge. So really, I'm not really contributing to the congestion in London. Would appreciate any help. Thanks. M
  3. Post a pic of your car

    Hitting down the straight on the Sepang F1 circuit in my MkV GTI.
  4. The MkV GTI Tyre thread

    Hey guys, I run the Michelin PS2s on my car and they have seen 26,000km plus a track day. Am changing then soon to the Pilot Sport 3s. Before doing so I did an amateur review of the PS2s which may be useful to you guys: Review: Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Tyres | Autosavant Cheers, this is my first post BTW.