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To not give 2 hoots that I drive an old banger? Lighthearted

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Goingthedistance Mon 09-May-16 22:08:35

More times than I can recall: I've heard the clucking of dropping jaws; witnessed sage shakings of heads; caught sympathetic looks....all because of the 'shed' I drive!!!

FWIW I don't give two hoots about anyone else's car either. They can drive and take pride in the fanciest wheels money can buy - good for them. Or the scuzziest banger like me - I'm sure there are reasonable reasons. Mine are wholly sentimental.


thank you for letting me get that off my chest smile

EatShitDerek Mon 09-May-16 22:11:19

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Fairenuff Mon 09-May-16 22:12:15

I drive an old banger too OP. I like it and it's very reliable. I don't care what anyone else drives any more than I car what make of washing machine they use.

PattiLevin Mon 09-May-16 22:12:43

Yes what sort of shed? I've driven loads too. Rather proud of it.

Owllady Mon 09-May-16 22:14:55

Is it a datsun sunny?

ipswichwitch Mon 09-May-16 22:15:07

Because a car is not simply a means to get from A to B, dontcha know. It's a status symbol/a medium for posing/a statement of who you are/whatever. I drove a shit fiesta for years and it was the only car to ever make it out of our village in bad snow without needing dug out/pushed/towed all the way. I miss it even though it was a bit shit.

EatShitDerek Mon 09-May-16 22:16:26

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BrianCoxReborn Mon 09-May-16 22:17:09

my car is battered and old.

It was given to me by my aunt and uncle last year when they bought a newer car. So generous and I was very touched. I couldn't afford a car, even 2nd hand, but I really needed one to make life little easier.

People can judge me all they want, I will judge right back - you usually find they're a little touchy when it comes to their pride and joy on wheels (like the road rage incident where a vile man was absolutely horrible to me so I screamed at him for driving a "hairdresser's" car*)

I think the type to judge some one on the car they drive are few and far between, thankfully.

My car can be parked anywhere, safe from thieves and if it gets a bump or a scratch or a dent - meh, what's another one!? It now has extra sentimental value as my uncle passed away, unexpectedly, earlier in the year. So to me, it's irreplaceable.

*no offence to hairdressers, he was a male chauvinist and I went for an easy yet painful jibe.

wasonthelist Mon 09-May-16 22:17:38

I drive an old shed too, but people don't say anything about it (to my face). 2000 Ford Puma, rusty and beaten up. I could afford a newer car (and have) but I got tired of coming back to find dents and scrapes left by various scrotes all over it. Oddly this one seems to get left alone. When it breaks or dissolves I will buy another old shed.

DownstairsMixUp Mon 09-May-16 22:18:06

I've a crappy 1996 micra to with a dented door. A to b that's all I care about!

wasonthelist Mon 09-May-16 22:18:20

Robin Reliant?

No such car

EatShitDerek Mon 09-May-16 22:20:51

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greybead Mon 09-May-16 22:20:54

It depends what it is. I personally hate driving old bangers as I've broken down too many times.

EatShitDerek Mon 09-May-16 22:22:05

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Mari50 Mon 09-May-16 22:23:11

Owllady- I had a Datsun sunny, loved that car. And you could start it with a piece of cutlery should you lose the key!! Hahah.

OublietteBravo Mon 09-May-16 22:23:32

I'm very fond of my 2002 Seat Leon. But it really does feel like it is on its last legs sad

Owllady Mon 09-May-16 22:24:20

Tell us what it is so we can all point and loff

Owllady Mon 09-May-16 22:25:36

Says it all when you start a datsun sunny with a fork grin

MyKingdomForBrie Mon 09-May-16 22:26:07

The newer the car the safer it is. I hate all this reverse snobbery about new cars. A lot of the older ones crumple like tin cans on impact. Not what I want me and my kids in.

Never judge anyone on their car, just get sick of the judgment for buying a newer one (still second hand ofc)

EatShitDerek Mon 09-May-16 22:26:09

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Owllady Mon 09-May-16 22:29:27

It ay a rover?

BrianCoxReborn Mon 09-May-16 22:31:03

I don't think anybody is being judged for buying a new or newer car.

This is about people who may look down their noses at us who own old bangers.

Not everyone can afford a newer and crash-safer car..

Myself, I drive around town, rarely go on motorways (i tend to borrow my parents new and more reliable car for long journeys) .

BrianCoxReborn Mon 09-May-16 22:32:03

I own a Peugot 307, 51 plate. It's ace.

Cost an awful lot to get through the MOT. Thank god for a loan from my mum!

EatShitDerek Mon 09-May-16 22:32:15

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Goingthedistance Mon 09-May-16 22:36:52

Vauxhall Corsa. 2006. The first car I ever bought (second hand) and could afford.
Ten years on and I earn a salary that would more than justify an upgrade (stay with me, this isn't a stealth boast I promise...) but I love my old car. It represents a time of my life that I feel nostalgia towards. And I still have every scratch and dent it's ever experienced...

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