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    skoda_fan got a reaction from bunglebus in Great number plates - got any?   
    Even rarer than a gold-wrapped Smart car that's unsure of its sexual orientation, there's a man actually wearing a bowler hat (though I'm guessing he's the doorman for a posh hotel there).
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    skoda_fan got a reaction from yes oui si in Great number plates - got any?   
    Even rarer than a gold-wrapped Smart car that's unsure of its sexual orientation, there's a man actually wearing a bowler hat (though I'm guessing he's the doorman for a posh hotel there).
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    skoda_fan reacted to hammy in Daewoo Esperos   
    I've long admired the original Daewoo range launched here in 1995. I even managed to convince my dad to test drive an Espero from the 'motorshow' in Bristol in 1996.
    Today I took delivery of three of the few surviving Esperos left in the UK. 
    The silver N reg is a lovely original car with loads of history. Not mint but hopefully easy to bring it up to scratch, the P reg will be a parts donor as it has structural damage that won't repair.
    The green N reg is well known on the 'socials, bring a ULEZ survivor rescued by Jude Currie. It's tatty in places but too good to break up. Realistically it'll only be staying with me briefly as I have other projects that need my time and money. 



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    skoda_fan reacted to fairkens in Great number plates - got any?   
    At local agricultural show

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    skoda_fan got a reaction from grogee in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    Exactly. I got it into my head that I wanted an  Audi TT (without selling anything else to make way for it, obs). Falling in love with it and driving it about didn't disappoint, but I (consciously) let myself be conned by a dodgy dealer into buying the worst example, telling myself it would be fine. That would've been ok if I didn't have six other cars to worry about, so reality soon kicked in when it started playing up so I sold it at a loss.  That said, the very fact of buying it really cheered me up and I'm glad I experienced it, telling myself I'll have another "one day" (which means I'm bound to repeat the whole wallet-draining experience sooner or later).
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    skoda_fan got a reaction from SiC in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    Exactly. I got it into my head that I wanted an  Audi TT (without selling anything else to make way for it, obs). Falling in love with it and driving it about didn't disappoint, but I (consciously) let myself be conned by a dodgy dealer into buying the worst example, telling myself it would be fine. That would've been ok if I didn't have six other cars to worry about, so reality soon kicked in when it started playing up so I sold it at a loss.  That said, the very fact of buying it really cheered me up and I'm glad I experienced it, telling myself I'll have another "one day" (which means I'm bound to repeat the whole wallet-draining experience sooner or later).
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    skoda_fan reacted to SiC in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    Like many on here, it's a big personal problem 
    I justify it on that I don't loose much on cars when I sell them on. Kinda kidding myself on that. 
    Currently at seven cars. 3 moderns (that all work) and 4 classics (2 are big restoration projects). One is Mrs SiC and not to be sold (plus it's a Honda and so most reliable).
    Excluding any other expenditures, each month I'm spending £144 for two bays of storage and £65ish in road tax for two moderns (Mrs SiC pays her own road tax). I pay insurance yearly but that likely works out at another £100pcm. So basically £300 odd set fire to. 
    Then just on maintenance expenditures, every month for the last few years I've had four figure credit card bills. Majority of which is usually car related. Last year I spent five figures on cars in total - mostly parts/tax/insurance/storage. That's quite frankly ridiculous.
    All for what? A mix of broken shaggy cars. Yeah it's good fun but for what I'm spending I could truly get something nice. Whether something modern exotic like an Audi R8 or something classic mildly exotic like a 60s Alfa.
     
    The expenditure just has to stop. It's plain ridiculous.
     
    My current plan is to sell the BGT, GTI and possibly the Z4. Then buy one sensible singular modern (Z4 coupé or maybe a powerful auto hatch/saloon). That brings me back to 5 cars. Those two projects I need to crack on and get done. Ideally sell one to get back to 2 classics and 4 cars total.
    Great plan... Except the BGT isn't selling. Also I struggle with spare time even more in the evenings now as I'm really enjoying going to the gym and even paying for a PT to help push to increase my gains. Basically Gym is becoming my new addiction path.
     
    My car buying gets uncontrollable when I get into my head I have to have something. Even worse when depression kicks in and buying a car hits the dopamine receptors. Right now I'm looking at Austin 7's to maybe replace the BGT. Not that I need one nor probably even like driving one. But my head has convinced myself I need one. 
     
    Gah.
     

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    skoda_fan reacted to sutty2006 in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    Hello all. Thanks for having me along. 
     
    I once had 11 cars on my driveway (two on the patio round the back). It got to a point where I was having to park one of the daily’s on the road and walking a long way up my driveway to get home. I was able to overcome this by selling 4 cars off in one week, like you, at huge loss. Some went on here, others went on eBay. I regret selling them all, but I don’t regret the decision I made. 
     
    am I a reformed C.A? Probably not, but luckily I don’t have spare cash at the moment to continue the addiction 
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    skoda_fan reacted to catsinthewelder in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    I definitely have a car hoarding problem, there are 8 vehicles here, 6 without MOT and 3 of them are unlikely to pass another.  This is at a house without a drive or a garage.
    I've learnt to stay away from roffles and haven't bought a car for years, unfortunately I did get round this obstacle by buying a campervan and a motorbike (both very cheaply).  At least the motorbike fits through the garden gate.
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    skoda_fan got a reaction from grogee in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    What an interesting and honest thread! +1 here for admitting to being a CA.  I hate to think how much money I have wasted over the years...probably enough to buy a half-decent property. Yet I have no intention of changing, I shall continue to waste money in this way until my dying day. Even if I am compelled to give up driving I shall probably buy cars just to look at and sit in.  The same old pattern will continue: take a shine to something advertised, to the point where I can think of nothing else....go and pay too much for it....gradually fall in love with it...spend a lot of money fixing it...then either A keep it for years or B move it on at a massive loss. In my case there is no cure, nor do I seek one. My default position in my brain is thinking about cars. For about forty years I have been "learning to play the piano". I have got nowhere because every time I sit at the thing I am bored within ten minutes and start looking online at car stuff.
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    skoda_fan got a reaction from Stinkwheel in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    Ditto. Same here in every respect😄
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    skoda_fan got a reaction from Stinkwheel in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    What an interesting and honest thread! +1 here for admitting to being a CA.  I hate to think how much money I have wasted over the years...probably enough to buy a half-decent property. Yet I have no intention of changing, I shall continue to waste money in this way until my dying day. Even if I am compelled to give up driving I shall probably buy cars just to look at and sit in.  The same old pattern will continue: take a shine to something advertised, to the point where I can think of nothing else....go and pay too much for it....gradually fall in love with it...spend a lot of money fixing it...then either A keep it for years or B move it on at a massive loss. In my case there is no cure, nor do I seek one. My default position in my brain is thinking about cars. For about forty years I have been "learning to play the piano". I have got nowhere because every time I sit at the thing I am bored within ten minutes and start looking online at car stuff.
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    skoda_fan reacted to Missy Charm in Naffest most crass giffer mods   
    That's probably what I'd drive if I was rich enough to afford a posh car like a Mondeo on an 08 plate.  
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    skoda_fan reacted to Tenmil Socket in Driving classic cars not fun anymore?   
    I'm not a Beetle 'person' but that is lovely!
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    skoda_fan reacted to Yoss in Driving classic cars not fun anymore?   
    That's a very good point but again I'm lucky that FWD Triumphs are just about the least desirable out there. The engine is similar to the Herald or Spitfire but the rest of the running gear is unique. The market for second hand FWD gearboxes will be very small.
    It's funny you should mention non standard gold because if I ever was to get it painted I was considering gold too. It was never an option here but it was in Malta. I found this one in about 1996 or 97. It was completely devoid of lacquer and filthy but you could see it was supposed to be gold. The picture doesn't really show it but it was obvious when you were there.

    I visited Malta many times between about 96 and 2003. Mainly for the buses but the first time I arrived the first old car I saw at the airport was a 1300. I soon found out they were everywhere and had in fact been built on the island from knock down kits. Most of them were the same colours we had but they had a few of their own, mainly various shades of beige but also a couple of metallic colours which were never an option back home 
    But one night we were on a bus going in to Valletta and as we approached a T junction there was this bright shiny gold 1300 opposite the junction being illuminated by the bus headlights. It was a fleeting sight, it was gone in seconds but to a FWD Triumph obsessive it was like the Second Coming and I've never forgotten it. It practically  glowed in the dark. I went back the next day in daylight but of course it had gone. 
    I even have one of these Malta wing badges if I ever get it done. These were fitted to a lot of the Leyland stuff over there. 

    Most of them were still being used as mere cars and were generally a right state what with their MOT standards being a lot more lax than ours. But there were a few good ones that were obviously cherished. I found this one tucked in the back of a garage.

    And the owner was also in the garage so I started chatting. Obviously mine also has a few mods so we were getting on well when I mentioned the wing badges and he only gave me a brand new one. I still have it obviously waiting for the day I paint the car gold but I doubt it will ever happen.
     
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    skoda_fan got a reaction from Sigmund Fraud in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    Ditto. Same here in every respect😄
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    skoda_fan reacted to Sigmund Fraud in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    I have 6 cars. But I used to have 12.
    It is therefore clear that my recovery from my addiction to shitty old cars is progressing well*.
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    skoda_fan reacted to DirtyDaily in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    Over the last few weeks I have discovered I have an addiction. I say addiction with full sincerity despite the slightly silly title I think I have reached the point of where owning vehicles has crossed from a hobby in to a damaging addiction.
    I have made excuses of "cheap motoring", "making a profit" and "new experiences" as an excuse for sinking a frankly silly amount of money and worse a considerable portion of my life. The cost is something that after looking over the last few months the amount I have spent running cars (not including purchases or loss on the vehicles) has got to a point that I could lease a new Porsche 911.
    I'm not a very wealthy man so that is an unacceptable amount.
    As said though the time has become excessive, I have neglected my studies, my mental health and time with my other half. If you have seen my other posts I have put my foot down on myself and am selling all my cars other than the 2 economic cars at colossal losses to just wipe the slate clean. I feel sad and relieved. In future a healthy balance needs to be struck so this hobby can be enjoyable, it has been anything but for quite a while.
    I hereby declare this thread CA (Caraholic Anonymous). A safe space to admit that cars can become bad decisions.
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    skoda_fan reacted to S2000 in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    I have a car i will not name that in 2 years of ownership I have spent 9K on in ‘repairs’ and it has done less than 500 miles in that time. It was a bad decision and I store it far enough away to be out of site and out of mind, I want to sell it but need to plough at least another couple of grand into it to sell it for less than I paid for it.
    in summary, my name is S2000 and I’m a CA.
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    skoda_fan reacted to Shite Ron in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    I often think how easy life would be if I just had 2 or 3 cars, I could have a much cheaper house and a brand new Porsche but I have no interest in a new Porsche or any other new cars. Life could be easier and also more boring. I agree there is probably a good balance somewhere which I have not achieved but it could be much worse,  I have an addiction to cars but it is far better than an addiction to alcohol or worse still drugs. Becoming addicted to sex is maybe another option preferable to drugs or alcohol but I think I’ll stick with cars. Also it is much better in my opinion to being addicted to PCP’s and debt which seems popular.
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    skoda_fan reacted to HMC in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    Um, hi everyone, just checking in, ill just sit over here. Needless to say I hear you all. Ive lost count some years ago.
    Im HMC Im a C.A.
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    skoda_fan reacted to SEATMad in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    Thank you for sharing you story, everyone here is so brave.. No, seriously though defiantly feel all of you. I use cars as a coping mechanism in life. Usually when shit hits the fan I always seem to find myself with a new motor, usually one I paid way too much for and doesn't work properly, thus adding to my depression. However the dopamine hit I get when I purchase a car is like nothing else. Even if it's the biggest shitter, Its addictive. 
    I defiantly know I have an addictive personality. I smoke, I used to drink like a fish (I'm now teetotal) and some bad substances before the RAF came calling. So it makes total sense to me why I and others feel like this. I often wonder where I'd be financially if I'd of just taken all the advice and packed it all in but this is my passion. I always justify it as this is a healthy release from the big bad world. I look forward every weekend to coming home from work just to spanner of my old shitboxs. I know i spend an absolute obscene amount of money on this "hobby", however it's what makes me happy. Plus, as I always say to my Mrs, It could be worse I could be addicted to crack... 
    Anyway, gushy shit over with, I'm SEATMad and I'm a CA. 
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    skoda_fan reacted to Six-cylinder in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    I protest, I am just a normal bloke with a mild interest in cars.
    Addiction ridiculous, I have only bought 4 so far this year!
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    skoda_fan reacted to junkyarddog in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    Nah,no addiction here,even if I was an addict(I'm not) I could stop any time I want!
    No siree,no addiction here.....🤥
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    skoda_fan reacted to eddyramrod in Hi, I'm DD and I'm a Caraholic.   
    I feel you all.  
    I've always had cheap old cars, and done as much as possible myself, but with the march of time the definition of "cheap" has grown beyond all recognition and my ability to deal with their physical needs has dwindled to extinction.  I have now signed the pledge at Motability, which should eliminate any need for "the old stuff."  But the draw will always be strong.
    Let us take this journey together, lean on each other when we feel the uphill stretches.
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