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Chloe Martell

January 17, 2019

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For those of you who are new to the Marmalade blog, you will know nothing about me – so here’s a quick update! I’ve just turned 23 and have had Vauxhall Adam for just less than a year, which I bought brand new. I got my beauty before I passed my test, and had a month or so using it for private practice which I think ultimately helped me to pass my test first time. Now I’ve had 9 months of driving around carefree in my little Adam and I’ve loved it all – but I’ve got a problem – I’ve started hankering for a new car!

Now I know what you’re thinking – why on earth do I want another new car already?! Honestly… I don’t know but it got me thinking, surely I’m not the only young driver who wants to change their car so quickly after getting one? To make sure (and to prove I wasn’t alone) – I took to Twitter, and asked other drivers how long it was into owning their car that they had the urge, or took the plunge, of getting a new one!

It’s not just me!

It turns out that 46%* of the 17-24-year-old drivers who took our poll considering getting or got a new car just 1-2 years after purchasing one. That’s nearly half of the people in the same situation as me! As a young person today, I don’t mind admitting that whilst I know I’m being impulsive and somewhat ridiculous for wanting a new car, what I drive does mean a lot to me and I want to constantly have something fresh and new, and even though my car is still one of the newest on the road – having driven it for 9 months, it’s starting to feel a little old for me. Like Coco Chanel said, “Luxury is a necessity that begins where necessity ends.”


Everything is changing

Since I can remember – everything I have changes pretty regularly. School courses, uni work and accommodation is all different year on year, and it’s been like that for most of my teenage years and adult life. This has led me to be used to a fast-ish changing lifestyle, so having a car that I know I’ll be driving for the foreseeable future is a bit of a weird feeling. Not a bad feeling, just weird. Now don’t get me wrong – I love my car and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. It has all the latest tech I want and is perfect for what I use it for, I just can’t help but dream about getting my hands on something different.

Is it a generation thing?

I also decided to find out how drivers who are a bit older than me felt about getting a new car and surprisingly, only 29%** of them considered getting a new car in the same short time of 1-2 years. Almost 40% of drivers over 25 wanted to wait 5+ years before getting their hands on a new motor!

For a while, I was pretty confused by this. I mean who wants to keep something for over 5 years… willingly?! It was then that I realised, older drivers don’t just keep ahold of their cars but a lot of other things. They’ve likely bought these cars outright, as well as buying houses and phones. This is different for me (and likely for other young drivers) – I’m used to financing cars, renting flats and changing phone contracts every 2 years. Perhaps it’s not just the idea of a new car that I’m interested in, but the need for change altogether?


Patience is a virtue

I’ve got my car on a 4-year finance plan through Marmalade which means I’ve still got another 3 and a bit years left with Adam and all in all, I can’t really complain, can I? This is the first thing I’ve purchased where I’m not looking at it changing in the next few months, and it’s the first big financial commitment I have which is setting me up to purchase more things in the future instead of just owning them temporarily.

I’ve also come to realise that switching my car wouldn’t be that cost effective. As well as paying off my current finance I’d have to buy the new car, change the insurance details over etc. It would cost more than I’d be willing to spend and be a bit more hassle which doesn’t sound that inviting. For anyone who is looking to take the plunge and get a new car, try to think about the cost side of it too – as it may be more money than it is really worth.

All in all, I don’t regret getting my Vauxhall Adam at all, because it really has given me the freedom of the open road to go and do whatever I want to do! So whilst I may be sat here dreaming of what car comes next for me, for now, it will stay as a dream!

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'As a new driver, I'm so eager to share my driving journey with you all - from when I was a learner, going through my test and all the aspects of my driving life now, including my love of cars!'  See more posts by Chloe

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