Car Needs vs Wants
(My CRAZY Experiment)
I love my cars.
Well, that is actually a huge understatement. I am obsessed by anything with wheels. But this
is hardly much of a revelation.
NEEDS VS WANTS
Lately, I been spending a little time wondering how much of car ownership is 'wants'
and how much is 'needs'. Not just for me, but for all of us. And more importantly, how much
do the wants of car ownership cost compared to the needs?
Could we all get by with buying much cheaper cars and save ourselves a bucket of cash?
MY OWN 'WANTS' VS 'NEEDS'
My 'wants' cause me to currently run 4 cars (Audi S6, 1964 Ford Mustang, Westfield FW400,
Peugeot 405 estate). However, when I break it down and look solely at my 'needs', pretty much
any car will suit my lifestyle.
I don't have kids so I don't need anything as big as my Audi. I don't cover huge distances, so it
doesn't have to be overly comfortable. And I don't 'need' to show off in the Mustang or the Westfield
(although I REALLY love to!).
In fact, I even suspect a 1992 Nissan Micra would do for my 'needs'...
For one month, I am going to see whether I can get by with just my 'needs' - and more
importantly to see what my 'needs' actually cost compared to the sky-high expense of my
Yes, starting tomorrow morning, Ashley Winston will spend 31 DAYS driving a Nissan Micra.
I have already bought a 1992 Nissan Micra with dents all over it and no MOT for £110. I
managed to put a new MOT on it for £40. And 6 months road tax cost £115. Add that all
together and it is still less than an annual service on my Mustang.
I have given my Audi and Peugeot away for a month and will not drive the Mustang or Westfield at
all. The one concession is that I will be allowed to drive clients' cars as and when needed in the
course of business (otherwise at the end of the month I may not have a business left!).
I will be regularly updating my progress on Twitter -
I am NOT looking forward to this!
Yours unhappily (too grumpy for my usual comedic sign-off),
(Founder & Owner)
OF THE WEEK
Nissan Qashqai +2
"I want a brand-new Nissan Qashqai +2 with EVERY optional extra."
How much it should have cost:
Nissan List Price = £27,785
We bought it for = £24,485!
WHY I LOVE THE...
My friend Dom and I play a game where on alternate days one of us
emails the other a photo of a car and asks, "Cool or uncool?" This was my suggestion from yesterday.
While Dom thinks it is ugly and completely uncool, I disagree. The styling, albeit surprisingly
subtle for a Lamborghini, is gorgeous and understated. Add that to an Italian V12 engine and the
Espada is definitely cool in my book!