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.