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What cars do private school mums drive?

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lavendarhillslob Tue 01-Sep-15 00:52:25

Is it all 4x4s and Porches? Do any of you drive cars that are not range rover evoques. And if there are mums at your school who drive normal cars, like a Ford Mondeo - what do you think of them?

NewBallsPlease00 Tue 01-Sep-15 01:04:40

Local private school has the full spectrum, no one cares either
Local state school primary in naive area far more status led by materialism

BrockAuLit Tue 01-Sep-15 01:08:25

Don't have one.

tyaca Tue 01-Sep-15 01:26:53

I live in a private school, so I consider myself uniquely placed to answer your question.

Lots of 4x4s. Loads of 'em. I reckon one in 5 cars in our car park is a 4x4, and a fair few of those are white <my eyes!>

Then it's just normal range of family cars, Mondeo's included, with the occasional super-flash set of wheels or banger thrown in for good measure. Lots of people don't have much spare cash once the fees are paid. Know some people without cars at all.

RachelZoe Tue 01-Sep-15 02:50:33

I've always seen the niceness of the cars depreciate as the years go by.

Pre preps - beuatiful luxury cars, then by 6th form, banged up estates etc grin At a senior level I see far nicer cars in state school car parks.

Vast majority of people have very "normal" cars. One of the mums I chat to occasionally has a ford ka, another a brand new Range, everyone is different, no judgement from anyone.

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Tue 01-Sep-15 03:02:20

Entire spectrum of cars from old bangers right on up to chauffeur driven Bentleys. In particular a lilac purple one with gold plate accessories, I kid you not. We drive a very very old but lovable 4x4 (15 years old).

CiderwithBuda Tue 01-Sep-15 05:17:31

We drive a Honda CRV. There is a huge range of cars at DS's school -Porsches, Mercs, range rovers, a Lotus, a Bentley, a few Jaguars and lots of normal everyday saloon cars. Oh - and lots of Minis. More Minis than anything else possibly!

Needmoresleep Tue 01-Sep-15 07:57:08

I remember a car being advertised on the Prep School parents notice board as "suitable for a nanny". Bought by another family as their main family car.

TiggyD Tue 01-Sep-15 08:09:55

A huge range. Slightly more 4x4s than average. Only seen somebody arrive in a Lamborghini once.

nilbyname Tue 01-Sep-15 08:11:14

Clapped put volvos and farm ranger rovers

usual Tue 01-Sep-15 08:11:14

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OldBeanbagz Tue 01-Sep-15 08:16:15

I drive a Volvo XC60 but i've seen everything from a Nissan Micra to a Ferrari in the car park at school. There's plenty of 4x4s but lots of small family cars like Minis too.

It's the 6th formers having driving lessons in Landrovers you have to look out for!

Iamnotloobrushphobic Tue 01-Sep-15 08:16:25

A wide variety, but probably a higher than average number of 4x4s. The 4x4s at our school could be explained by a lot of the children living in rural areas which get snow in the winter months though, therefore a 4x4 is practical rather than just a Chelsea tractor status symbol. There are also lots of 'average cars' - 5 year old ford focuses, 7 year old clios that type of thing and there are quite a few clapped out old bangers as well.
I don't think anybody really cares what everyone else drives.

senua Tue 01-Sep-15 08:18:02

Oh - and lots of Minis. More Minis than anything else possibly!

Are those run by mums or sixthformers?

getoffthattabletnow Tue 01-Sep-15 08:19:10

A totally uncool knackered filthy Kia 7 seater ( filth due to 4 kids and dog).The brakes screech so much ds1 heard me arriving sitting in the other side of the prep school.

mrspepperpotty Tue 01-Sep-15 08:19:25

I went to a private school. My parents drove a ford escort.

Iamatotalandutteridiot Tue 01-Sep-15 08:24:01

I drive a BMW, but definitely not an issue or a talking point. Lots of the kids at my DDs school walk or get the bus. From next year, my DD will walk.

OrchardDweller Tue 01-Sep-15 08:28:26

30 year old land rover as well as modern 4x4 (live in country). Cars in the car park definitely not as shiny and new as your DC reach VI form! Really don't think anyone cares what type of car you drive as long as you are driving it considerately!

weaselwords Tue 01-Sep-15 08:28:49

It was all BMW 4x4s with blacked out windows at eldest's school. I used to drive a 12 yr old micra smile

JonSnowKnowsNowt Tue 01-Sep-15 08:29:01

I'm a private school mum. I drive a guide dog smile

SheGotAllDaMoves Tue 01-Sep-15 08:30:44

Prep school car park was an array of 4x4s (Rangerover/audi/BMW), with a smattering of Fiat 500s, Minis and people carriers.

Secondary? Who knows? the kids go in on school/public transport.

SoupDragon Tue 01-Sep-15 08:30:45

They drive the same cars as everyone else. In a variety.

You realise "private school mums" are not a homogenous group?

SoupDragon Tue 01-Sep-15 08:32:11

if there are mums at your school who drive normal cars, like a Ford Mondeo - what do you think of them?

Do you judge someone by the car they drive?

RhodaBull Tue 01-Sep-15 08:32:20

I live next door to a private school, so my experience if based on what's parked across my drive angry . Only semi-joking, I've only been blocked in a handful of times. The school makes parents sign a pledge not to park across people's drives!

Anyway, I think there isn't the full spectrum - there's the top and the bottom - both making a point . There are a lot of Porsche Cayennes - big f-off 4X4s that cost £££££. There are Mercedes, Freelanders, Lexusus etc too. Then, at the other end of the scale, there are the "Oh, this old thing, I've had it for years, dog hair, kids everywhere, I'm so scatty..." old estate cars.

There appear to be few normal saloons or smart but cheaper 4X4s.

I think it depends where you are. My DC are in an urban school in London so quite a few people come on the bus. There are a fair number of ordinary cars as big 4X4 are a bugger to park in a narrow London street.

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