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    A new way to feel old!

    Daughter had borrowed my XK8 to meet up with friends for a "do", brought it back with the fuel light on, apologised and offered some cash, which I obviously declined..............

    I just filled up and looked at the amount, it was a few pounds more than my first car cost!!!!!

    Oh Dear! I really am old!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Percentage View Post
    Daughter had borrowed my XK8 to meet up with friends for a "do", brought it back with the fuel light on, apologised and offered some cash, which I obviously declined..............

    I just filled up and looked at the amount, it was a few pounds more than my first car cost!!!!!

    Oh Dear! I really am old!
    Ditto - first car twentyfive quid.
    Tankfull-ish sixty euros.
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    Back in the 70's just before I went to work overseas I stopped in my local fuel station just outside Harrogate and filled up. Went in paid had change from a fiver. Out I went for a year or so. Fuel crisis hit the UK. Blackouts all over the place etc.

    I returned to the UK. A little oblivious as to what had been happening. Went to the same petrol station. Car was half full so just topped it up. Went in gave him a fiver. Stood waiting for change. He stood waiting for another fiver. How times change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Percentage View Post
    I just filled up and looked at the amount, it was a few pounds more than my first car cost!!!!!
    Haha ... I'm used to giving myself a £igure then looking to see how much fuel it buys me ... nice to be able to do it the other way round though!
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    I didn't pay for cars until the immobiliser became popular.

    I have to rely on false plates to cover me for fuel station drive aways these days just to get by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Percentage View Post
    Daughter had borrowed my XK8 to meet up with friends for a "do", brought it back with the fuel light on, apologised and offered some cash, which I obviously declined..............

    I just filled up and looked at the amount, it was a few pounds more than my first car cost!!!!!

    Oh Dear! I really am old!
    A few POUNDS more?

    A few MULTIPLES more.

    Actually just checked - a full order of magnitude more than my friend's first car in the same era!

    Current car cost a few multiples more than my first house and more than my first three houses together.
    Previous car's set of new tyres cost more than my first annual salary.

    This is could be the re-discovery of a long lost Monty Python sketch.
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    I fille the 'limo' up yesterday..................£75.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtcosic View Post
    A few POUNDS more?

    A few MULTIPLES more.

    Actually just checked - a full order of magnitude more than my friend's first car in the same era!

    Current car cost a few multiples more than my first house and more than my first three houses together.
    Previous car's set of new tyres cost more than my first annual salary.

    This is could be the re-discovery of a long lost Monty Python sketch.
    Yes nearly all of those fit with my past.

    The frightening comparisons come when you compare thing to Average Annual earnings or hourly pay.

    Generally fuel and a new Repmobile are about the same, 2 hours workmans pay = gallon of fuel, 9 months pay buys a new repmobile / family car. Usable banger 2 weeks wages then and now.

    Food is cheaper and a better choice. Electronics are better and VASTLY cheaper. White goods are cheaper but have a shorter lifespan.

    We get more holiday 2-3 weeks has become 5-6 weeks and foreign holidays are a lot cheaper............But any worthwhile pension schemes have been replaced by useless scams.

    But our main spend, housing........... has shot up in these terms. New Wimpy / Barrett house midlands was 3 to 4 years wages now 8 to 10 years wages!

    Conclusion.....Todays generation can probably have a better standard of living than we did, with more and better holidays, but will have to work significantly longer to buy their home Maybe that is just as well, as they have NO hope of early retirement or a decent pension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Percentage View Post
    Daughter had borrowed my XK8 to meet up with friends for a "do", brought it back with the fuel light on, apologised and offered some cash, which I obviously declined..............

    I just filled up and looked at the amount, it was a few pounds more than my first car cost!!!!!

    Oh Dear! I really am old!
    I'm feeling your pain Percentage,

    First car was a 1964 Triumph Vitesse that cost me £40 in 1977. That's about half a tankful these days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtcosic View Post
    A few POUNDS more?

    A few MULTIPLES more.

    Actually just checked - a full order of magnitude more than my friend's first car in the same era!

    Current car cost a few multiples more than my first house and more than my first three houses together.
    Previous car's set of new tyres cost more than my first annual salary.

    This is could be the re-discovery of a long lost Monty Python sketch.
    I haven't quite got there yet, first house cost £41.5k and the most I've paid for a car is about £26k.
    2017 XE Portfolio 180PS AWD in Santorini Black with climate pack (I don't scrape!) panoramic roof, privacy glass and 19" style 1015 wheels (that I'd happily swap for a nice set of 18" 5 spokes. Anyone?)

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