This is the story of me and my car.
It’s old . . and I have moved on. . . .
But the mileage is very low and the engine is sound.
If you are looking for a reliable motor for a first time driver – this is it.
Read on for the details.
Regular readers of this blog will know a bit about me . . . . the fact that I have 3 passions in my life . . . .
my 2 boys . . . . and my graphic design.
. . . cars are not generally my passion.
. . . which might be the reason I have had the same car for the past 10 years . . . and not really worried about it.
To me a car is a means to and end . . . . it starts . . . it drives . . . it gets me where I need to be and it doesn’t let me down.
And in return . . . I tax it, I MOT and insure it . . .and I get it serviced by my local garage.
On a good day I might even wash it . . . but not too often.
But all good things come to an end . . . and finally convinced by my husband I have now moved on to something new.
Just in case you were wondering, the new car is still 5 years old . . . just more legroom for growing kids . . and a bigger boot for growing food shopping. . . .
. . . and a treat for myself (it’s 10 years!)
The end however. . . is merely my relationship with my old car . . . . which has plenty of drive left in it. . .
. . . . . Seat Ibiza For Sale . . . ready to move on to a new owner :
The Seat Ibiza For Sale is 12 years old (2004)
I’m not one of these flash designers who takes all my clients money by charging them an absolute fortune and then has a posh car every year
I’m more passionate about design than cars and I love it so much that I never over charge or take advantage of my customers just to make money.
[Occasionally I’ll get a client and things don’t go perfect . . . . we can’t all get on with everybody . . .
and the client might think that I’m taking advantage of them . . . .
but I always aim to work through it and I’ll always do my best to adjust . . . . adapt . . . . diversify . . .
. . . . and ideally get what they want in the end.]
Husband versus Mechanic
Anyway back to the Seat Ibiza For Sale . . . . .my husband has been saying that I needed a new car for quite a long time.
(He is actually bothered about cars – it’s a man thing).
When you’ve got something that’s 12 years old it does start to get a bit worn round the edges . . .
. . . . . my garage on the other hand can’t really understand why I was looking for a new car.
. . . . “this is a brilliant little car it’s really smooth to drive . . . . it’s excellent why would you want to get rid of it?” . . . .
. . . . is the kind of thing my mechanic says.
” it’s got low mileage, and don’t worry about that minor electrical fault you had . . . . I’ve fixed things like that on cars that are only two years old so that shouldn’t be a reason put your Seat Ibiza For Sale.”
. . . . my local garage have been great. . . and serviced, MOT’d and repaired since June 2012. (with one in Heanor prior to that)
. . . . anyway I just sat in the middle plodding along working hard saving the pennies . . .
. . . . repeatedly pointing out to my husband that I couldn’t justify / afford anything like the prices of the cars he was showing me . . . .
I don’t really go anywhere much, hence why the mileage is so low.
. . . but only two weekends ago we were sitting in the garden and, as ever, my husband was on his tablet looking at cars on eBay . . . .
when we spotted something that looks perfect for me and it was a good price too because it was a private sale.
“OK” I said “that doesn’t look too bad”
I had accepted that my husband was right and I would have to not leave it too long before I probably changed my car .
. . . . let’s face it if I didn’t change mine he would re-allocate any spare money and find a reason why he needed to change his car instead. . . .
. . . . . so we went and had a look . . . . . and the car was perfect. So I paid a deposit.
I spent an anguished week stressing over the ridiculous amount of money my car insurance company wanted for a vehicle switch. . . .
. . . . and cut my losses, cancelled with them and renewed with someone else.
I sorted the road tax . . . . transferred the balance to sellers account . . . and last Saturday we went and collected my nice new car.
. . . . nothing fancy . . . . nothing posh . . . . .
. . . . .just a little bit bigger . . . a little newer . . . . . a little bit more practical.
. . . . . a bit more leg room for growing children in the back seat and a bigger boot for growing weekly food shop.
SEAT IBIZA FOR SALE
So now I have my reliable little Seat Ibiza For Sale. . . .
. . . . . this would make a perfect car for a youngster who has just passed their test.
I’m selling it for £1,000 – which, looking around, seems to be the current selling value. . . . but I am open to sensible market value offers . . . . .
. . . . and the mileage is ridiculously low, . . . like I said I never really went much of anywhere . . . .
54213 genuine miles (because 48000 of those have been done by me during the last 10 years that I have owned it).
. . . . it has a full service history . . . . . and an MOT until November.
. . . . there are a few bodywork scratches and scrapes as you would expect for something that has been going since 2004 . . .
. . . . but the engine is sound and solid and reliable . . . . . just ask my mechanic of the last 4 years.
it’s clean and tidy inside and is easy to drive.
5 door petrol model and a great metallic deep red colour.
The CD player and radio all working and there is air conditioning . . . . what more could a newbie driver want.
so if you know anyone who is looking for a car please tell them about this I just send me a message.
I think I might even become one of those people who washes their car every weekend . . . . moans when the kids drop rubbish in the back.
. . . . you never know I might even get the vacuum out.
I did actually spend a good amount of hours vacuuming cleaning and polishing the Seat Ibiza For Sale, so it’s looking as good as it can do ready for its new owner.
So to Summarise:
2004 1.2litre petrol
Genuine mileage: 54213
Full Service History
MOT – November
( If you did do an HPI check it might show as an insurance write -off)
Which happened Spring 2012 – But was totally cosmetic – nearside rear door and wing – and I had it all professionally repaired . . .
. . . did not affect the engine at all.
Tell all your friends with 17 year old’s that there is a Seat Ibiza For Sale and to give me a call and grab a great car.
until next week
– Thanks for reading