Jan 12 2007
Last night I finally took ownership of a car. This is the first car I have owned since getting my driving license in 1998 and is quite exciting. I’ve been vaguely looking for a car since about September and was mostly looking at the Smart car, waiting for one to come up at a good price… until I spotted the MX-5.
I know, everyone has said they’re hairdressers cars, but I don’t care! It’s my hairdressers car! It is a 1998 Mazda MX-5 1.8s (140bhp). When I first spotted the car I didn’t expect to buy it, as I thought the insurance would be sky-high. However, HSBC pulled through and came back with a quote in the £550 region, well below the lowest local quote of £760!!!
One thing I need to learn about this car is to not be too heavy with the accelerator. I’m finding it far to easy to spin the wheels and drift it around corners, and I really don’t want to loose my no-claims discount before I have any!
First impressions are that it’s a fun car to drive and, although it’s only 140bhp, it’s got some go – probably because it’s a fairly light 2-seater. It may not have a terribly good top end (125mph) but on Guernsey that doesn’t really matter. Now I just need to get my iPod loaded with the sound track to The Fast And The Furious – Tokyo Drift, as the car doesn’t have a CD player, and learn to drift it properly and with style!