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to wonder how......

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NoWayNever Sun 20-Oct-13 09:37:47

......my neighbours, neither of whom work have managed to buy a brand new Honda! They have four kids, so I get they "need" a bigger car, but the car is only used for the school run.....to a school that is a twenty minute walk at the most!! Why is the state paying for that?? My DH and I both work and we have one child and we would struggle to buy a new car! Things like this make me unbelievably cross! Aibu??? Rant over!!

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 20-Oct-13 09:40:50

Could one of the children or them have a hidden disability.

Tweasels Sun 20-Oct-13 09:40:52

Oh dear.

ILetHimKeep20Quid Sun 20-Oct-13 09:41:38

Yabu.

Credit, savings, win, family gift, motability, courtesy car...

There's a thousand ways, none of which are your business.

SPsTombRaidingWithCliff Sun 20-Oct-13 09:41:38

YABU. Could be a number of reasons.

GinGinGin Sun 20-Oct-13 09:42:09

Oh sweet Jesus really???!! You have nothing else to think about?! Maybe they won the lottery or maybe the dad is a male escort & very expensive. Who cares??!!

ElleMcFearsome Sun 20-Oct-13 09:43:20

Look, these sort of threads never go well.

'The state', which I assume you're using as shorthand for 'being on benefits' won't have bought them a new car unless there's a good reason, i.e. it's a car due to a disability (which you might not be able to 'see' - friend has a bad back so she has one, for instance, but as long as she's walking short distances she's fine and doesn't need any aids)

It may have been a gift from a parent.

There are a number of reasons, but I repeat the first sentence of my second paragraph because that will not be the reason.

Gileswithachainsaw Sun 20-Oct-13 09:43:29

Maybe it was a gift. Perhaps the car was so they could widen the job search to areas out of town?

Perhaps the kids ill and god forbid they stay warn in a car in winter on the school run.

Do not assume anything

notundermyfoof Sun 20-Oct-13 09:44:05

You have no idea how they got it, it could have been a gift or a cheap nearly new, maybe they inherited the money or got an insurance payout? You don't know so don't get het up about your taxes funding it, I have been on benefits before and could not have afforded a brand new honda even if we never ate or turned the heating on!

fuzzpig Sun 20-Oct-13 09:45:59

How do you know they are ONLY using it for the school run... do you spy on them 24hrs a day loser

DaddyPigsMistress Sun 20-Oct-13 09:48:25

Have them shot! How dare the upstart bastards have a nicer car then you decent folk

hiddenhome Sun 20-Oct-13 09:48:45

Independent income?

Tweasels Sun 20-Oct-13 09:48:52

I gave your neighbours my taxes directly, just to piss you off.

CrohnicallyLurking Sun 20-Oct-13 09:51:26

And to be fair, we have just bought a brand new car because it works out cheaper than our previous second hand one- cheaper monthly repayments due to finance deals, no MOT needed, we got 3 years servicing thrown in as an incentive to get us to buy, it's got 3 years warranty, 3 years roadside assistance and the insurance was cheaper. For the next 3 years we only have to insure and add fuel (did I mention the fuel economy's better too?) which is great as we're on a tight budget and now we know we won't have any surprise repair bills!

Gileswithachainsaw Sun 20-Oct-13 09:52:30

As someone who spends hours a week at bus stops, who has stood freezing with two kids waiting and waiting in winter when buses don't show or are late, who's kids can't do anything after school because of getting back at a decent time, and who's dd might not even get a ore school because of this, I would NEVER begrudge anyone for the kids sake.

I wouldn't care how they got it tbh.

Gileswithachainsaw Sun 20-Oct-13 09:53:16

A car

PumpkinsPieEyed Sun 20-Oct-13 09:55:26

Work from home?
Inheritance?
Gift?
Finance?

Look away if you don't like what you see and fill that chip in your shoulder.

ILetHimKeep20Quid Sun 20-Oct-13 09:55:34

Some bumped into our 12 year old Toyota pick up. Our courtesy car was a brand new top of the range Land Rover Discovery. That set a few curtains twitching. Not a bit of hire company sineage on it at all.

LimitedEditionLady Sun 20-Oct-13 09:59:22

Yabu,its not really for anyone to justify to you or anyone else,its not your business,its not affecting you so why do you waste your time and effort caring?surely you have better things to do than be pretty healous that your neighbour has a new car?and before you say youre not jealous why else would you care?

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 20-Oct-13 10:02:09

Gileswithachainsaw There has got to be a better way.

would your children qualify for the school taxi

DaddyPigsMistress Sun 20-Oct-13 10:02:20

My dad is a big car snob. He crashed his swanky work car and got a yellow fiat seicento to use for the weekendwhile the garage fixed it

Oh how we laughed

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 20-Oct-13 10:02:49

Don't give the Honda any more space in your head.

Go for a walk, make a cake or watch Sunday morning telly.

It doesn't really matter does it?

everlong Sun 20-Oct-13 10:03:20

Goady much.

They come free with giant flatscreens these days.

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