I am now going back in time – over 50 years ago when my wife and I were “courting” we had to make some very tough decisions. We lived 2 miles apart and as we had very little money there was a choice to be made – Both get the bus and me walk home OR both walk to her house WITH a bag of chips on the way and me walk home!

What has this to do with the price of fish? (We couldn’t afford the fish!)

Some time ago I bought a little gem of a car – a 20 year old Hyundai Amica. Now before anyone starts scoffing as to why anyone in their right mind would buy this – just bear in mind – It had only done 37k miles and had the same family owners from new AND it came from the same Hyundai dealership that originally sold it. Anyway daft as a brush or not I bought it.

I could not stop smiling when I eventually got it in the workshop – inside was like brand new and whilst the same could not be said of the outside it was still bloody good. As I suspected it flew through its MoT without even an advisory.

Anyway Service plus quick wash and brush up and onto the Market at £750

Couple of viewings and both decided the car cost too much!

Now I was thinking about this – when you take into account its running costs – car tax / insurance / bit of petrol – it works out at around the price two lots of Fish and Chips per week. Throw in the price of two Mushy Peas and a couple of cans of fizzy Vimto and it probably covers the cost of the MoT and a bit of an annual service.

So where is it now? 

I knew the chances of finding another like this were NIL – so I kept it myself – I use it every day – it starts first time every time – heater is fantastic – I play Radio 4 on the way in AND Radio 2 on the way home and just to show how well I have done in life I am now able to buy two bags of chips!

As my old Dad used to say

“The price of everything and the value of nothing”

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