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25/04/2013 at 12:45
My car has just failed its MOT requiring 700quids worth of work. My trailer also needs new wheel, brake shoes & wheel bearing(easily 100quid+). Besides having a flipping heart attack I now can't decide what to do.
We only have 1 car. (H gets train to work). Its a 17yr old 4x4. I need a powerful car to pull my horse trailer. However horse is getting on a bit and due few ligament issues can no longer jump nor school. He does hacking / endurance but now I'm pregnant (abeing welI) i probably won't go out competing until baby is at least 4months old. In fact by then horsey will be 18, so even more 'past it'.
So bearing that in mind, I'm considering selling my trailer. And if I sell it, I could sell car and we could buy something more family orientated and cheaper to run.
On the other hand, its dead handy having trailer. I can pop horse down to local saddler/vets/friends yards/local distance riding club events.Its the older style big trailer (ifor williams510) and more difficult to get hold off (should I sell, and decide to buy another in the future). The car is the best car I've owned. Normally very reliable, though does guzzle diesel somewhat.
I cant decide. Any thoughts - particularlly re having 2 kids and time for my own hobby.... Or not
25/04/2013 at 12:52
Oh, forget to mention, cost of a new car - no idea what we would get but couldn't afford much, def not new, so potentially buying another car with £££ worth of problems too
25/04/2013 at 13:21
I would stick with the ones you have, unless you could buy a much newer car - even then there's no guarantee it won't need repairs. Could you just leave the trailer repairs for a while? I wouldn't get rid of it since it sounds so useful.
25/04/2013 at 13:42
As your car has failed its MOT I assume you'll need to pay out the £700 anyway to make it roadworthy if you wanted to sell and use it in the meantime?
In that case I'd just stick with the car you've got. Leave the trailer repairs until you need to do them. I'd not want to spend £700 on a car only to sell it immediately!
Unless you can afford a car in warranty there's no guarantee on how much that car would end up costing you.
25/04/2013 at 16:13
What sort of yard are you at now? Is there anyone else with a lorry you can borrow on the odd occasion? I think what you need to consider is how much extra running the 4x4 is over a year vs how often you NEED to use the trailer. IW trailers always sell easily so probably wouldn't be hard to sell it. Could you just pay a friend to take you to the odd competition? Realistically how much are you going to want to go out for a whole days endurance ride with 2 kids? I'm not in a great position to advise seeing as my horse is a total prat at competitions but I can't be bothered with he hassle anymore.
The amount you'd save in running costs by getting a more economical car would probably justify spending a bit on a newer one.
I'm lucky as I have my lorry license and there's always someone happy to lend out theirs for £20 and a bit of diesel if I need one.
Are you going to keep riding whilst you're pregnant this time? Mine's been off except when S has a sit on him at the weekends. I'm dreading getting back on as he's now 22, lost loads of muscle and I'll be really heavy!
25/04/2013 at 18:27
The yard I'm at is the type of yard where no ones rides their horse (Bar a teenager who is out doing pony club events every weekend!) I'm only there because they do grass livery (nag hates stables!). No one has a lorry and the trailers that are there are ifor 505 or smaller and my horse is a big 16.2. He doesn't fit in a 505. I do have friends at other yards that ride/compete but I think I'm the one that gives lifts iyswim. I am planning to keep riding for a while because nag had Aug-Dec off with busted check ligament and then another 5weeks off in Feb/march due to an abscess. I've riding someone else's horse whilst she recovered from surgery but she is now starting to ride again and I quite like my own horse, its lovely riding him again! Plus he is very easy going and I trust him. Unlikely he'll fit enough to any endurance anytime soon, and ill probably stop riding by the time he is fit enough ....
I did have half a thought I could do a few proper transport jobs to earn some cash towards car/trailer maintenance but I think I would need commercial transport insurance which coats an arm+leg ... So not sure if that's worthwhile.
I have told garage to go ahead with work to get car thru MOT as otherwise we'd be carless! So I guess I have a little longer to Ummmm&after over it now. Until car has another issue!
25/04/2013 at 19:23
Oh yeah it's probably not worth paying for the commercial insurance for the amount you'd make. Plus I think people tend to go for lorries if they pay.
Where in the country are you by the way?
Sounds like he's had a bit of a hard time this year! Goes like that I find. I had someone else ride mine for the first few months as hers was lame. Harder bringing them back in when they get older isn't it? I lunge once a week at the moment and walk him up the road or round the school with S once a week so hopefully he's not totally unfit! Need to shift these few stone before I sit on the poor lad though!
25/04/2013 at 23:11
I asked my H (he's a mechanic to trade). He asked what sort of car you have (he's guessing a Landcruiser?), and what is wrong with it? What work does it need done? My H says if it's loads of work because it's rotten then scrap it, however, if the bodywork is good then it's worth getting the work done. Can't help with the trailer issue though.
26/04/2013 at 07:31
Hi Smashed Crab. Its a Mitsubishi Pajero (Japanese import). The bodywork is in perfect nic. The bits that need replacing are the brakes (Disks? pads? shoes? Sorry had terrible nights sleep and cant actually remember now!) and the front springs/suspension brushes. I dont even know what they are but i did think something was up with ride height. This winter its also had the starter motor replaced, the fuel injector pump seal re-sealed and the glow-plugs replaced - so feel like its had a lot of money spent on it
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