Yesterday we welcomed an exciting new addition to our family… Maggie the Moggy! The impending changes in our family commuting habits meant we suddenly found ourselves in need of a second car and much to all our surprise Maggie turned out to be it.
Over the last month we spent many hours browsing the Internet weighing up our options for a car that could carry a family of four and two dogs. We looked at vehicles with tempting finance packages and 7 year guarantees and 10 year-old Japanese 4x4s that keep going forever but halve in value in a year and we lusted over VW campervans which were exciting but unaffordable. It occurred to me we were raiding nearly all our savings to buy a car out of necessity and not pleasure and worse that whatever we chose, may or may not suddenly develop a wildly expensive fault that would cost us even more cash.
Picking over our problem with my parents one day they made a suggestion… Why not ditch the idea of buying a modern car and simply buy a classic. They were cheap to insure, the road tax was free, they held their value and they were (allegedly) easy to maintain.
Jim did not come on board with the idea immediately and for a week or two we fired emails backwards and forwards as I browsed auction sites for classics and he sort out adverts for moderns, but somewhere along the line we reached an agreement… or I wore him down, you decide.
And so begun our search for a Morris Traveller. There were many hours spent stalking eBay, a short-list was drawn up of desirable colours, the budget fluctuated wildly, we drove to Essex and back in a morning on a wild goose chase after a car that didn’t live up to its advert and then one day I rashly said to my dad “you’ve got the list of requirements, just find us one and park it in the drive.”
So that’s what he did.
Maggie is already the most stupid and sensible, exciting and practical car I have ever owned. She makes people smile and Theo stands next to her in the garage and strokes her bonnet and calls her by her name.
I don’t yet know if this will turn out to be a purchase we’ll be laughing about the ludicrousness of in six months time or if we will join the hundreds of Morris owners who keep these cars for a lifetime, but one thing is for sure. It’s going to be a lot of fun finding out…