Blog: Live and let die

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists


WELL, here comes my Waterloo. I’ve said it myself many, many times – why scrap a car that needs a few consumables, and yet, here I am thinking about it myself. I know I promised not to blog about my Nissan Primera again, but the onset of a slipping clutch has me mentioning the old barge again…

Why? Well every time I take a wander around the local scrapyard, I see rows and rows of perfectly usable cars, abandoned by their owners for the sake of a few small jobs. I bemoan the fact that all these cars could still be on the road – and perhaps a few less new cars are bought as a result. My Nissan’s now in that twilight between life and death – the clutch will probably cost me around £200 fitted, all in, but the financial value of this otherwise healthy car (which is taxed and tested until the end of the year) is probably around that mark.

Ordinarily, I’d say that the actual value of this car transcends the financial value – it’s usefulness is worth more than £200, and in truth, it probably has years of service ahead of it. However, it was picked-up as a stop-gap while the logbook for my Cavalier Sportshatch turns up… and now that has, I no longer have a use for this car. However, it was free (apart from the cost of the tax disc), so the economics are really skewed in this case.

So, do I scrap it? Or save it – to pass onto someone else? It goes against my nature to kill the car, and I know had it been more interesting, there’d have been no question of what to do. But it’s a Primera. Would I be out of pocket to fix and sell up?

Your thoughts, as ever, are always welcome…

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

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