Need a car!

29 posts
16 Jan 2013
I've been modelling for what, 6 months now?
I've enjoyed it a lot, obviously now that I'm at college I limit myself to a shoot or 2 a week..
It's come to my attention that I really need a car to get to shoots and back- I mean whilst public transport is okay, it's very specific on times... there are delays and it's pretty expensive.
It seems all my friends are getting cars from parents etc apart from me, I literally have no help from them whatsoever (not that I'm expecting to, I mean I'm 19 now, I should really be paying for my own stuff)
Any other models/photographers in/have been in the same boat?
Just frustrates me when my friends are getting cars and the most they need to travel is 5 minutes to college.


Posted 16 Jan 2013
and it doesnt get any better, im 28 and still have no car, ive lived away from home(from the eggs nest) since i was 17, ive had to pretty much do everythin on my own to support myself simply because my family is broke, stone cold broke, just gettin by themselves, and not on luxeries just living, food, heat and thats about it, i understand the frustration everyone i know has a car but me, its at the point now though getting the car even a second hand one isnt the problem, the insurance is the problem now, totally ridiculous.

Posted 16 Jan 2013
Jenelle_James
and it doesnt get any better, im 28 and still have no car, ive lived away from home(from the eggs nest) since i was 17, ive had to pretty much do everythin on my own to support myself simply because my family is broke, stone cold broke, just gettin by themselves, and not on luxeries just living, food, heat and thats about it, i understand the frustration everyone i know has a car but me, its at the point now though getting the car even a second hand one isnt the problem, the insurance is the problem now, totally ridiculous.
Same. I think it does really help having 'well off' parents. With a lot of things- it's just luck whether you are born into one or not. Whilst I think having to push yourself further in order to subdue yourself from the irritation of never being able to 'have' things as a child (holidays, nice clothes, weekends away, pets, anything thats a luxury basically) it is frustrating especially when a few of your friends are intentionally jobless and just sponging off their folks. One of them had the nerve to say 'I feel really superior when driving past pedestrians' I almost wanted to scream saying 'Did you pay for your car or the billion other expenses that go with it? No. So you are not superior in any way shape or form.'
Posted 16 Jan 2013
Webbo2
Photographer
Webbo2
I'm 23 so it's not too long since I was in college. I really really wanted a car when I was at college, and just like you I was frustrated by those who had brand new cars bought for them. As a student, working part time it just wasn't going to happen, I couldn't afford it and had to go without. Eventually finished college and started working full time, passed my test at 20, spent £1k on a car and in the last 3 years I've spent somewhere between £2.5k and £4k a year running my car.

A car is so great, love having access to one, but I don't see it being plausible as a student without help from parents.

Posted 16 Jan 2013
Edited by Webbo2 16 Jan 2013
i guess the only good that comes out of a situation like that(having nothing, no holidays, no decent clothes growing up etc as u say) is the appreciation that comes later in life or as u become an adult, things are treasured more like certain relationships with people, when the time comes to have a first holiday(my first is due this year) it will mean so much more to someone less privaliged than to someone who has been going on holiday every year or so since childhood. because to them its the norm, sure they will be generally excited about getting some sun but overall its a different experience to someone who has basically had nothing. I also know some people who think others are beneath them and i dont have time for people who look down their noses at others(some people not all) and therefor they are not relavent in my life. I have a 6 yr old boy, and the first thing that comes to mind as far as he is concerned is ensuring he has an upbringing nothing like mine and i stick my neck out as far as the end of the galaxy to make sure he gets a good time or nice things(within reason and when relevant) and when the time comes for him to drive i want to be in a possition to at least give him a start when it comes to saving for a car or sorting out the lessons/driving license etc its nice to give something but not everything or else the end result is a snobbish person


angelique110

Same. I think it does really help having 'well off' parents. With a lot of things- it's just luck whether you are born into one or not. Whilst I think having to push yourself further in order to subdue yourself from the irritation of never being able to 'have' things as a child (holidays, nice clothes, weekends away, pets, anything thats a luxury basically) it is frustrating especially when a few of your friends are intentionally jobless and just sponging off their folks. One of them had the nerve to say 'I feel really superior when driving past pedestrians' I almost wanted to scream saying 'Did you pay for your car or the billion other expenses that go with it? No. So you are not superior in any way shape or form.'


Posted 16 Jan 2013
I'm 22, I've saved my ass off and have paid upfront for all my driving lessons, brought a car, got it taxed and MOT'd and have it insured under my Husband's insurance (Only £600 instead of £1600), I've booked my driving test and have till the 30th Jan to get up to test standard. It's rubbish but the only way is to save. I spent September, October and November working seven days a week to get the spare cash to pay off bills plus save. Lots and lots of luck sweet, you'll do it one way or another SRx
Posted 16 Jan 2013
tomwhipp
Photographer
tomwhipp
just out of interest have you considered a moped/scooter? you can get one new for £5-600 and the insurance would be a fraction of that for a car.

it may be completely impractical for you (and certainly more chilly in this weather) but it would give you options other than public transport.

Posted 16 Jan 2013
tomwhipp
just out of interest have you considered a moped/scooter? you can get one new for £5-600 and the insurance would be a fraction of that for a car. it may be completely impractical for you (and certainly more chilly in this weather) but it would give you options other than public transport.
I have yeah But I've heard you're not allowed to drive them on motorways and they can be very dangerous. Plus don't they give you the 'windswept' look?
Posted 16 Jan 2013
SINderellaRockafella
I'm 22, I've saved my ass off and have paid upfront for all my driving lessons, brought a car, got it taxed and MOT'd and have it insured under my Husband's insurance (Only £600 instead of £1600), I've booked my driving test and have till the 30th Jan to get up to test standard. It's rubbish but the only way is to save. I spent September, October and November working seven days a week to get the spare cash to pay off bills plus save. Lots and lots of luck sweet, you'll do it one way or another SRx
Yeah that's what I'm planning to do, can't wait
Posted 16 Jan 2013
tomwhipp
Photographer
tomwhipp
if you have a motorbike license then they are legal on motorways
i don't know the stats on safety but there certainly is more exposure

personally i probably would only get one if you where doing short trips without much dual carriageway stuff involved. but just thought it's throw it in as an option because it could become 60 quid a month including the loan, insurance and fuel at which point it may be cheaper than your public transport.

Posted 16 Jan 2013
tomwhipp
Photographer
tomwhipp
ps: wind swept can work
Posted 16 Jan 2013
gerryquiff
Photographer
gerryquiff
Personally, I'd give my next wife a car. Just saying ladies, no need to form a queue
Posted 17 Jan 2013
Socialdisaster
Photographer
Socialdisaster
I am... not allowed to drive... and it's a pain. I live the opposite side of town to the station. I shoot at home mostly, but I'm painfully aware that driving would widen my range of potential models. Still, that'll change in 2013 finally!

Posted 17 Jan 2013
I'm having to sell my car because of my health (epilepsy) and need to be fit free for a year. Selling it seems the most common sense thing for me to do, I'd rather have the extra cash sitting in my bank in case I need it rather than my car sitting on the side of the road. Luckily for me, my work is 10 minutes by car and a 20 minute bike ride, so getting a bike soon I never really had a massive requirement for a car, and only got my current one from my Granddad when he died 2 years ago. It's a nice little thing and easy to run but when I have all the essentials close to me, I don't see the point in one. May get another one in the future when I can Phil
Posted 17 Jan 2013
tomwhipp
if you have a motorbike license then they are legal on motorways i don't know the stats on safety but there certainly is more exposure personally i probably would only get one if you where doing short trips without much dual carriageway stuff involved. but just thought it's throw it in as an option because it could become 60 quid a month including the loan, insurance and fuel at which point it may be cheaper than your public transport.
Alright well cheers for the suggestion Ange x
Posted 17 Jan 2013
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