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LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR STYLE 12V RIDE ON CHILDREN’S ELECTRIC CAR. Was £199.95 now £99.95 delivered @ Fun4Kids
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Great discount on the RRP. Next best I can find is £120. Option to add private plates for £4.95 is also a nice touch. Aux input for mp3 player etc parent override controller po… Read more
Good price for 12v
Are these any good?
Use FUN10 for further £10 off £100 if you are ordering the private plate.
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Never mind the kids, I want one myself
Police 6V Electric Ride On £25 / Fairy 6V Electric Ride On £25 C+C @ Tesco Direct (more in OP)
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Bit of a price drop on these, originally £60, then dropped to £30, went upto £35, then down to £30 & now dropped by another £5 each. You can C+C for Free or choose Home Deliver… Read more
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Had one. Needed to return because my boy could easily detached the seat and under u have cables etc. Also in front of the seat is charging point and my boy was all the time opening and closing this thing so it break. Steering is not good as well. Not worth it in my opinion.
Thanks ordered one
Loving the thomas and friends one
8% TCB today as well.
Damn got one at £30 yesterday. Haven't even collected it yet.
Jaguar F-Type Electric Ride on Car was £120 now £60 / Peppa Pig Kids Bike 12" Wheel / Paw Patrol Kids Bike 12" Wheel were £95 each now £54 w/code @ Halfords (Descendants Kids Bike - 16" Wheel £67.50)
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Part of Halford's Black Friday Countdown Deals, the link goes to the Jaguar F-Type Electric Ride on Car that was £120 & is now £60 Del / C+C, will pop the kids bikes below. Us… Read more
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You might want to edit the headline. Picture is car, price is bikes.
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169 Piece Glow In The Dark Flexible Electric Car Racetrack - £5.95 delivered @ Amazon / EDUFUN - UK Vat Receipt Supplied
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Playlearn 169 Piece Glow In The Dark Flexible Electric Car Racetrack for Kids - 2 Led Light Up Cars, 1 Tunnel, 4 Arch Fittings, 2 Trees.
Damn its gone back up to £15, whats the chances of this coming back down to £5.95? 😔
I paid £10 for something the same/similar in home bargains. Feeling cheated now
AJ928 m ago

Link?

If you copy n paste the title of the ops title it should show up on ebay
chumpyuk5 m ago

Same price on eBay for those that missed this


Nice spot
Got a Electric Car? Ovo EV Everywhere, free polar plus membership for 2 years (£188) and free 100% Green Energy (£120) 2 year fixed tariff
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This is a brilliant deal for us electric car owners, the polar plus membership is fantastic as it will often give free charging, or if like me your local council charge 25p per wat… Read more
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I don't own an electric car but heat added for the image
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The_IMF39 m ago

I'm currently over £600 in credit in my OVO account and I'm 5 months into …I'm currently over £600 in credit in my OVO account and I'm 5 months into my new year. Last year ended at £64 a month, this year started at £210 a month. This month it has been recalculated down to £140 a month. It'll probably drop to £60ish again end of year.I'd rather they get it right and have a regular outgoing than jump up about a 3% interest rate.


Tbf they seem no worse than others....when I was with npower they just my amount almost monthly
Aeschylus5 h, 4 m ago

you get 3% on your balance, so always overpay


I'm currently over £600 in credit in my OVO account and I'm 5 months into my new year. Last year ended at £64 a month, this year started at £210 a month. This month it has been recalculated down to £140 a month. It'll probably drop to £60ish again end of year.

I'd rather they get it right and have a regular outgoing than jump up about a 3% interest rate.
As an Audiologist 25p per 'what' could be a good earner
terriclarkfan1 m ago

Can you deliberately overpay by a few £grand, assuming your credit balance …Can you deliberately overpay by a few £grand, assuming your credit balance is protected and safe via FSA/OFGEN etc?


No 12months projected usage maximum
Unbelievable contract hire deals available on Nissan Leaf Via What Car Magazine
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I posted my last Leaf deal 3 yrs ago, 40,000+ miles later and I've no regrets. Yes, I know the limited range of EVs isn't ideal for everyone, but for people like us who do 30+ mi… Read more
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jimbob86

kWh!!!! it's a unit of energy not power! Please bare in mind of we all go … kWh!!!! it's a unit of energy not power! Please bare in mind of we all go and buy these the lights will go off and you're not zero emissions, it's zero tail pipe emissions! You're still killing the world by burning gas. You can save cash, but not the environment. This is the short term future, it's not green and it's not sustainable. Synthesised Bio fuels are the long term future.



But as energy demand goes up energy capacity will be increased. And ofc everyone isn' going to suddenly buy electric vehicles at once. Lastly eventually we will migrate to almost zero carbon energy supplies so even that point of yours is flawed. What silly logic
terriclarkfan

We collected our new '17 plate 30kwh LEAF Acenta today. Our deal was a … We collected our new '17 plate 30kwh LEAF Acenta today. Our deal was a £200 deposit + £238 x 24 for 12,000 miles per year. Got mats and flowers on top, but I think they're a standard sweetener.The cherry on the cake was that our previous PCP LEAF was 15,000 miles over its mileage limit @ 10p/mile. The Nissan dealer took the car back at no charge to us. A year's mileage for free!My wife wasn't keen on the cheap flat red colour so she managed to get magnetic red metallic for an extra £175 to seal the deal (so £375 + £238 x 24)PM me if you're interested in a referral for this offer. I rang a handful of other Nissan dealers and none of them came close. YMMV.



Could you send details of which dealership this was though, looking for a similar deal Thanks
We collected our new '17 plate 30kwh LEAF Acenta today.

Our deal was a £200 deposit + £238 x 24 for 12,000 miles per year. Got mats and flowers on top, but I think they're a standard sweetener.

The cherry on the cake was that our previous PCP LEAF was 15,000 miles over its mileage limit @ 10p/mile. The Nissan dealer took the car back at no charge to us. A year's mileage for free!

My wife wasn't keen on the cheap flat red colour so she managed to get magnetic red metallic for an extra £175 to seal the deal (so £375 + £238 x 24)

PM me if you're interested in a referral for this offer. I rang a handful of other Nissan dealers and none of them came close. YMMV.
we currently have the acenta on a 4 day test drive, blown away by it. never had a leaf prior to this.

the acceleration is crazy, its 0-20 and 0-40 is statistically brilliant and it shows when driving it.

can not recommend this car enough
Fogg1969

If you've not already, try asking on the Speakev forum... If there's a … If you've not already, try asking on the Speakev forum... If there's a deal to be had you'll more likely find it there.https://speakev.com/threads/brand-new-leaf-acenta-30kwh-199-deposit-199-per-month.22721/



Thanks, had an overnight test drive and I'm impressed with the car.

Just need to find the right deal now. :-)
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Ecotricity - FREE charging for electric cars and £50 J Lewis vouchers for signing up.
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For the vouchers their will email you with this offer. You have to put your email address in to get a quote but the process is simple and quick. If you are an energy customer of t… Read more
muffboy

No


Something is clearly wrong. Have you thought of taking it back to the garage? Maybe the brake is sticking on slightly?
joebuckton

I have a 24kw leaf and I regularly get over 100 miles per charge. I can … I have a 24kw leaf and I regularly get over 100 miles per charge. I can only think you travel fast?



No
muffboy

I own a 30kw Leaf, advertised range up to 155 miles. Fully charged it has … I own a 30kw Leaf, advertised range up to 155 miles. Fully charged it has never shown more than 105 mile range.In reality it is far worse, my daily commute is 36 miles return journey and currently I am having to charge it EVERY DAY as I cannot get 72 miles from a full charge. I am an extremely light footed driver and know how EV's should be driven. Never again will I buy an EV until they sort out the range issues which are quite frankly diabolical!


I have a 24kw leaf and I regularly get over 100 miles per charge. I can only think you travel fast?
Regprentice

​i was surprised by this, i hadnt realised the batteries were so impacted … ​i was surprised by this, i hadnt realised the batteries were so impacted by speed of travel. ive read that at motorway speeds (75mph for an irish motorway refrenced) the leaf only manages a maximum range of 63 miles. and then, as they get older, the batteries hold less and less charge.



I don't use the motorway for this very reason as a 10 mile hop between 2 junctions of the M6 near me at 70 mph would take 35 miles off the range!
Al666

You should get that looked at. Shouldn't take that long on a rapid … You should get that looked at. Shouldn't take that long on a rapid charger.



You should head to specsavers as you have already been told it doesn't have fast charging.
BMW i8 Style Child's 12v Ride On Car With Remote - £79.95 Outdoortoys.co.uk -
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Things that matter to me, 12v has a Parental Remote.....and of course a stonking price. the blurb: The BMW i8 style child’s 12v ride on has beautiful lines and a style all … Read more
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deanochips

anybody planning on doing the same feel free to use the same template as … anybody planning on doing the same feel free to use the same template as mehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B27Hw55MsiBQMkVtb1JLdW5Ec0k/viewjust print to A4 without resizing (allow cropping to occur) and all of them will be printed at the correct size



​thanks for this
Lucky88

[quote=aleem] Ok it's really difficult to measure. Seat width = 39 cm. … [quote=aleem] Ok it's really difficult to measure. Seat width = 39 cm. Back of seat to steering wheel = 30 cm. Depth = 30 cm. The actual size of car is Height : 44 cm Length : 102 cm Width : 68 cm. I hope that helps.



Back of seat to steering wheel at 30cm is going to be tight for him I think, which is a shame.

Thanks for the measurements, much appreciated.
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anybody planning on doing the same feel free to use the same template as me

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B27Hw55MsiBQMkVtb1JLdW5Ec0k/view

just print to A4 without resizing (allow cropping to occur) and all of them will be printed at the correct size
deanochips

some of my inner tightness escaped and i got busy with the sticky back … some of my inner tightness escaped and i got busy with the sticky back paper


where did you pinch those stickers from? I'm still waiting for the badge off ebay.
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some of my inner tightness escaped and i got busy with the sticky back paper

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EV driver? 6 months free membership of POLAR charging network/ChargeMaster.
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Received an email this morning. Six months free membership, £7.85 a month afterwards if you choose to continue. Chargemaster is delighted to announce that we have partnered up wit… Read more
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plagued

it's been free for the first 6 months for at least a year. It's probably … it's been free for the first 6 months for at least a year. It's probably one of the most convenient networks, but I still find it hugely unreliable. I even got stranded for 3 hours when one of their posts crashed and wouldn't release my cable.


I'd have to agree, there's no predicting the problems you had, but I always check zapmap before committing to a journey that will need charging, as there are often posts which polar say are live, but are reported as broken on zapmap.
holys

You also get to hire out a electric car for free for a week, once you … You also get to hire out a electric car for free for a week, once you have built up enough points, including BMW i8 and Tesla model S


Yes! This is a fantastic perk of the scheme... I borrowed their Tesla a few months ago for a week having accumulated the points during the free 6 months so I'd spent less than £15 with them on charging costs when I borrowed the car, which is a bargain. Unfortunately I'm sure that type of generosity can't last forever.
it's been free for the first 6 months for at least a year. It's probably one of the most convenient networks, but I still find it hugely unreliable. I even got stranded for 3 hours when one of their posts crashed and wouldn't release my cable.
AFAIK CYC remain a separate concern. This is simply a partnership.

I've kept my subscription going for a few months beyond my trial. Quite like the lack of hassle - no mucking about with smartphone apps, no getting irate when Chargemaster bill you an admin fee for failed charges. TBH it isn't bad value at £7.85 anyway. I go in to central Birmingham a couple of times a month and get free parking right by St Paul's for three hours.
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You also get to hire out a electric car for free for a week, once you have built up enough points, including BMW i8 and Tesla model S
Free electric car charging at Ikea
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There does not appear to be many free car charging points for ones electric car, however, I have noticed Ikea do offer free car charging if it helps anyone.
waqasahmed

Not a Londoner, however I've driven my car in London. It was a HUGE … Not a Londoner, however I've driven my car in London. It was a HUGE mistake. It was very costly in parking, just in freaking Tooting. I drove all of three miles and it took around 45 minutes. Not that far away in Reading, and I can travel 6 miles in 12 minutes.Driving really does seem pointless in London.


thats too far for dogging
& reliance on them is orchestrated by government who sold them off as to short term profitability & now run to ransom, ..govt, donors & political partners have had good reason to hold back tech development which could have been implemented years ago!

Look what Nevada state is doing to solar roof owners in terms of holding them to ransom to cushion the power companies! (check it out).

whilst a mix of energy types is preferable, adapt & change is also good, thus the micro grid aspect, however if this involves power companies cycling my car battery from full - 50% for grid load or wasteful **** I'm not happy as they wont cover losses nor lump sums required for eventual component replacement.

IF houses were of a decent standard insulation, (vs hot & cold) we'd pretty much balance out, if a home is expending 3x more than it needs for heating & cooling that is a lot of potential recovery & way less power station emissions ramping up & down.

If we built a modern energy efficient extension in form of a flat on the end of our property it's likely we'd save a estimated 20% on our annual heating useage because of a properly insulated wall where the main wind blows from, making heating & cooling far easier,& less draughty due to improved envelope (North facing) ..never mind what the new efficient extension (flat) took to heat.

Our aim / ideal is that all our energy bills should only be as much as our summer bill costs all year round due to proper design & reduced energy requirements, most of the rest is waste through crud building design (like radiators beneath windows oO
rasdonny

yes petrol and diesel are even more polluting in my opinion too and i … yes petrol and diesel are even more polluting in my opinion too and i also think it's what is responsible for all the mounting incidences of cancer we are seeing nowadays but the govt and others presenting EV as the better option is still in my opinion a con, as you indirectly still relying largely on some fossil fuel powered station somewhere.



depends on how many vampire loads folk expend as a country! ...that is "waste" on a grand scale, scale that back & you have a proper baseline from which to work from, exactly why LED has finally come of age & acceptance (build quality dependent & avoiding tech hyperbole).
rasdonny

That partly true, as some do have solar in their homes and there is of … That partly true, as some do have solar in their homes and there is of course windmill farms as well as the nuclear energy option (which is not necessarily polluting but if goes wrong catastrophic) but also these electric cars run through a lot of batteries throughout their lives and that too in itself is very polluting.



Actually look at Nuclear decontamination of a regular site & materials that is embedded contamination, as are the beaches (restricted) & nearby outfalls, regular "fails" are recorded.

Remember too plenty of barrels of contaminated waste from reactors simply tossed overboard by our government (still rotting away & leaking) affecting everything in the sea, ...some good pieces on you-tube about it all.

Nuclear isn't safe, it is damn costly to build one of the variety of reactors (hinkley design yet to be built is a really naff design plagued with problems) ...then closing it down is fricking eyewatering in terms of decommisioning & the time spent storing waste still costs, ...therefore for folk to look at the mere unit cost in production is frankly misleading when put out as £ per MegaWatt by government.
New Renault Twizy for 2 years with free congestion charge and parking £1858 @ bristolstreet
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£298 upfront £15 per month lease £50 per month for the batteries Total of £1,858 for two years and 9,000 miles of motoring, plus you get free congestion charge in London and free … Read more
nellythehammer

Some hilarious anorak "my co..ck is bigger than yours" comments on here



Rock out with one's c(h)ock out. It's the only way to go.
Some hilarious anorak "my co..ck is bigger than yours" comments on here
silkhuk

I owned a convertible for years. You, sir, are talking out of your bottom.



Haha - I never saw brooksym's frankly ridiculous comment :). He just needs to watch Vicki Butler-Henderson's Fifth Gear review on Youtube to know that he has just made a big boo-boo.
I drove a Smart Roadster for a few years. I used to fear the rain - mainly because it was such a faff to put the roof up :). I'd often play Russian roulette with the weather - hoping to get home and into the garage before it slugged it down.
Russia pretty much always won ;). Convertible's are good for summer driving. The Twizzy is good for never driving.
brookysm

The only time you will get wet in one of these 95% of the time is when … The only time you will get wet in one of these 95% of the time is when stationary, the air flow around them when moving pushes the rain away the same as driving a convertible does in rain! Also you can just carry on and ignore the fact that windows are readily available both via Renault and 3rd parties so again your lack of knowledge is showing. Cold weather? Wear a coat, it isn't rocket science....



I owned a convertible for years. You, sir, are talking out of your bottom.
a73uk

You completely contradict yourself in your first sentence, if a bike … You completely contradict yourself in your first sentence, if a bike takes up 12% of the space of a car then theres no need to encroach into roads by anything up to 50%, which is also what Boris is proposing.. Take a look at the embankment cycle route, how much of the road is that going to take percentage-wise.And you miss the point entirely. There are literally millions of people in London who cant use bikes for various reasons, including practical & health reasons, these people have to use public transport, or, in many cases cars, vans & taxi`s, so why vilify them, which is what is being done by government, as well as know-it-all, self righteous cyclists..Also, a lot of the cities being mentioned are much smaller & flatter than greater London, many dont have the variation in weather like we do either, so trying to use them as an example is pointless & irreverent.Ever tried cycling from Enfield to Croydon & back? Greenford to Dagenham? No? Try it.. Then try it with 2 children, a partner & luggage.. Then do it in the pouring rain mid winter.. Its not fun, its not practical, its not time efficient...What about the thousands of multi-drop delivery drivers who operate daily throughout London 24/7, these people usually start with a van load of stuff & do 2-3 runs per day, often covering 60 miles plus per-day within a 10 mile radius, what are you proposing for them? A bike with a van sized trailer? Thats aside for the truck drivers who supply items to supermarkets, building sites etcThe biggest safety problem for cyclists is cyclists themselves, who, as I said, often have little or no training yet think they can just buy a bike & have the ability to share the roads with other traffic, in a very busy city environment, & have no problems. Its ridiculous. If there was mandatory testing for cyclists as well as official registration, deaths & injury would be largely irradiated.The fact is the internal combustion engine is pretty much unbeatable, its practical, its long lived, it is easily fueled & its relatively cheap, both to make, maintain & run. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles would be great, but given the difficulty in extracting hydrogen its unlikely to be a viable alternative in our lifetime. If you could re-design London again you could incorporate all manor of improvements in so many areas, but its an old place that wasnt built with cars or a huge, densely populated population in mind, we have to work with what we`ve got without impacting on anyone unduly, demonizing the few remaining drivers who drive because they have to IS impacting on people unduly.. And I`m saying all this as a driver, an electric moped rider & a cyclist..



I did write a long post in answer to yours but I decided it didn't matter. I only need to say that each form of transport has pros and cons. I didn't contradict myself. I said practical in largely flat areas. Plus the political reasons for setting aside the space the mayor is apparently proposing is nothing to do with the space a cyclist needs on the road.
Xenta Electric 6V City Orange Ride On Race Car With Remote Control - £39.99 Delivered @ Ebuyer
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Video of the product being used at the link. The Xenta 6V City Orange Race Car with its cool and bright looks, the Xenta 6V Orange Race Car is sure to impress all the kids on the … Read more
Ordered-arrived-took a while to build but the end result seems great!
Lights music remote!
Ordered thanks
Great deal and if you use 7TKTMQRT7 you get another 5% off making it £37.98
i bought the dual battery one last night, mainly as it does music but this is an AMAZING price for this one
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Electric vehicle charging socket installed at your house for free.
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You'll need a private driveway, but to anyone planning to buy an EV in the future, or possibly being visited by someone who has one, or perhaps just one day selling your home to so… Read more
Looks like they are still trying to make money by upselling to a 7kW unit for £95 Why else wouldn't they install it instead of the 3kW socket as standard?
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Newbold

It's worse than that. As you say, the standard will undoubtedly have … It's worse than that. As you say, the standard will undoubtedly have changed - AND you'll have a rather ugly piece of outdated and useless electrical equipment stuck on the front of your garage or house detracting from its value.



If that was to happen, then they would just change the box on the wall, all the wiring will still be in place. Not to mention the current owners and the second hand market of the electric cars that would use this current socket.
Blasphemous

I tend to agree with you. We're all in a mind set of being able to take … I tend to agree with you. We're all in a mind set of being able to take our car and top it up with fuel if we want/need to go somewhere. You can't do that with Electric, you have to wait hours for a 'refuel'. Hydrogen may be the way forward BUT... there are some massive obstacles to overcome if we are ever going to get anywhere with it (excuse the pun). Producing is the first obstacle. It is (currently), quite expensive to produce and if we're gong to use it to power vehicles, we're going to have to up that production massively. Which brings us to the problem of producing it in a way that is environmentally friendly. There's no point in producing hydrogen as a fuel for vehicles if the production is as polluting as the fossil fuels. And again, we're STILL relying on those fossil fuels to produce hydrogen! Next up is infrastructure. The costs of setting up a national network of hydrogen fueling stations would be colossal. Your local petrol station has electric on the site, setting up electric top-up/refueling bays wouldn't be a huge cost, having a whole new tanking/storage system to hold Hydrogen will be a huge cost. I could go on but I doubt many will have read this far anyway. Suffice to say, Hydrogen, in my opinion, COULD BE the fuel of the future but at this point in time, we're miles away from it becoming any sort of reality.



Then there's the question of how the government would tax cars that could run on hydrogen....or as some have been trialled at the moment, water even. Unless it is taxable they won't allow it cos they're afraid they will lose billions a year in taxable revenue.
As a yorkshire man I can never understand why a concept car I saw in the 80s didnt take off.. You just put vegetable scraps in a blender on the back and it converted into a useable fuel..... Although what would I feed my Chickens ? Also from recall they were built in Ireland so may not be overly well built..... Shame another good idea that never took off like electric cars...We all like the idea they just dont work in the real world...
shadowdogg

I truly hate the concept of battery vehicles. It is going to slow down … I truly hate the concept of battery vehicles. It is going to slow down progress. Where is our hydrogen cars?



Hydrogen cars ARE electric cars... The Hydrogen holds the electricity and when the H is combined with Oxygen from the air, it becomes water vapor and releases the electric current, which powers the car...
Zero emmission contract hire - cheaper than you might think £8700 3yrs via What Car Magazine
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Right, I've just done the maths and ordered a Nissan Leaf from WKB Nissan. We're a two car family, this is for the school run, taking the kids to Cubs, swimming lessons, the supe… Read more
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jacksonliam

Very good reasoning IMO,Plus, anything that goes wrong with the civic is … Very good reasoning IMO,Plus, anything that goes wrong with the civic is out of your pocket, whereas anything wrong with the new Leaf is Nissans. Anyone wanting to get a Leaf maybe as a second car, a good few 2011 Leafs (A slightly better spec than this 2013 Visia) should be coming off their 3-year finance agreements anytime now. Might be a few bargains to have, no battery rental on the GEN1's.All leaf's got retrospectively upgraded to 5 year warranty 100,000km battery warranty.Though garage repairs on an out-of-warranty leaf's is a untested area and could be very costly, as possible only the certified main dealers will touch it.



It is good reasoning if compared with secondhand prices at that level. However, you can buy a very good second-hand car for £2000 with a better spec than a new Leaf. There are even loads of cars around the £1000 mark that have years of life left in them with a little servicing (oil changes) and maintenance. Volvos / Peugeot diesels can go past 200k.

Maybe the second-hand Leafs will be more on my level of spending.
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Fogg1969

Justifying my own actions here, not arguing - but:Re contract hire Vs … Justifying my own actions here, not arguing - but:Re contract hire Vs owning, I chose contract hire because costs are fixed. I know exactly how much I'm going to pay over the next 3 yrs.I've only had to pay ~£1000 up front, then it's £176 per month + VAT. I'll get half the VAT back, so I'm looking at £8k over 3 yrs,If I'd bought the same car outright I'd have paid £18k, maybe, and I'd expect to lose abouit £10k over term. I'd also have capital tied up in the car and TBH I'd rather have it invested elsewhere. If I'd taken the flex route I'd have paid £13k, maybe, and then £2500 renting batteries. I'd have had the freedom to sell the car sonner if I wanted to, but on balance it didn't make as much sense as contract hire.Re older cars vs new, I know the deal I've taken only really makes sense if you're going to do 12,000 miles plus a year. Here's my rationale though:Leaf Contract Hire - 15000 miles pa.£8k contract hire.£450 excess mileage charge.£1800 electrcity (based on £3 for 75 miles)£400 servicing, maybe.Anticipated total = £68 per week.4yr old Civic diesel.2010 SE 2.2 diesel = £8k2006 SE 2.2 Diesel = £4kAnticipated depreciation = £4000Diesel cost @ 50mpg = £4500Road tax = £400Servicing £400Money lost annually by having £8k tied up in car rather than solar PV £1500Cost per week £69.Not a lot in it really.


Very good reasoning IMO,
Plus, anything that goes wrong with the civic is out of your pocket, whereas anything wrong with the new Leaf is Nissans.

Anyone wanting to get a Leaf maybe as a second car, a good few 2011 Leafs (A slightly better spec than this 2013 Visia) should be coming off their 3-year finance agreements anytime now. Might be a few bargains to have, no battery rental on the GEN1's.

All leaf's got retrospectively upgraded to 5 year warranty 100,000km battery warranty.
Though garage repairs on an out-of-warranty leaf's is a untested area and could be very costly, as possible only the certified main dealers will touch it.
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Justifying my own actions here, not arguing - but:

Re contract hire Vs owning, I chose contract hire because costs are fixed. I know exactly how much I'm going to pay over the next 3 yrs.

I've only had to pay ~£1000 up front, then it's £176 per month + VAT. I'll get half the VAT back, so I'm looking at £8k over 3 yrs,

If I'd bought the same car outright I'd have paid £18k, maybe, and I'd expect to lose abouit £10k over term. I'd also have capital tied up in the car and TBH I'd rather have it invested elsewhere. If I'd taken the flex route I'd have paid £13k, maybe, and then £2500 renting batteries. I'd have had the freedom to sell the car sonner if I wanted to, but on balance it didn't make as much sense as contract hire.

Re older cars vs new, I know the deal I've taken only really makes sense if you're going to do 12,000 miles plus a year.

Here's my rationale though:

Leaf Contract Hire - 15000 miles pa.
£8k contract hire.
£450 excess mileage charge.
£1800 electrcity (based on £3 for 75 miles)
£400 servicing, maybe.
Anticipated total = £68 per week.

4yr old Civic diesel.
2010 SE 2.2 diesel = £8k
2006 SE 2.2 Diesel = £4k
Anticipated depreciation = £4000
Diesel cost @ 50mpg = £4500
Road tax = £400
Servicing £400
Money lost annually by having £8k tied up in car rather than solar PV £1500
Cost per week £69.

Not a lot in it really.

Fogg1969

Ours arrived yesterday. I'm really pleased with it. It seems … Ours arrived yesterday. I'm really pleased with it. It seems incredibly nippy.Average cost is £240 per month over term, with VAT, but given it's a brand new car covered by warranty and there's :- no depreciation- no MOTs- charging costs negligible.- £200 per year to insure.- no road tax.- no congestion charge.- servicing costs minimal, no spark plugs or oil etc.Then I maintain it's a pretty affordable way to get about. Locally!It kind of makes me wonder why I'm probably the only person driving one within 30 miles of here.



As a comparison...

My car uses quite a lot of fuel and it is coming up to 20 years old.

Using the original OP's assumption of 15,000 miles:

21p per mile fuel (that would be lower for the average family car) plus £1000 of (generous) running costs (including maintenance/MOT/tax/oil/spark plugs/tyres/brakes) = 27p per mile with no monthly commitment to pay £240 and I own my car. Oil/spark plugs etc. are as negligible cost wise as the electricity you mentioned. The big costs are things like tyres and brakes and even electric cars use them!

For me, as previously mentioned, my car is also a hobby so I am naturally biassed regardless of the figures. However, it seems that buying a second-hand, reliable petrol/diesel vehicle with low-depreciating brand is still more cost effective than buying electric brand-new. It is also better for the environment from a manufacture perspective because the car has already been produced.


Edited by: "picnick" 17th Mar 2014
Original Poster
Ours arrived yesterday. I'm really pleased with it. It seems incredibly nippy.

Average cost is £240 per month over term, with VAT, but given it's a brand new car covered by warranty and there's :

- no depreciation
- no MOTs
- charging costs negligible.
- £200 per year to insure.
- no road tax.
- no congestion charge.
- servicing costs minimal, no spark plugs or oil etc.

Then I maintain it's a pretty affordable way to get about. Locally!

It kind of makes me wonder why I'm probably the only person driving one within 30 miles of here.
1:18 Ferrari F2012 Formula 1 Remote Control Car £9 @ Halfords
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wow actually in stock Southampton.
No stock in Wallasey, Bromborough or Aintree. Stock in Edge Lane. Can't be bothered trekking out there, so will stay by the fire.

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I got this from Shell for 1 pound something,

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and more remote control cars on sale
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6v Ride-on motorbike for kids £36.99 delivered @ Rideoncars.co.uk
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I bought the ride on car (£155.99 inc postage of £16.99 ) to have it sent to N.Ireland. My dad assembled it well and the parental control did not work at all which is a necessity for toddlers. I had days and days of half-hearted emails from 'Jesse' instructing me how to fix it, with no result. Then offering to send replacement parts for me to assemble! After I requested a courier collect the faulty item 'Jesse' lied and told me IF it 'suddenly worked' when it was returned, that £89.00 plus vat would be deducted from my refund, just for them having it collected. I realised then and after reading other customer reviews, that they would just say it worked to scam this 'courier' money from me. (Thank god I was able to put a claim in with paypal and they resolved this for me in the end). I had to pay myself over £40 to have it sent back to England, upon the premise by paypal that when it was delivered back to them I'd get a refund. The company also emailed me giving me an address to send the car to, a 90 mile drive away from their business address that is registered with paypal? Further, at first, they would not answer the door to Parcel Force at their business address that paypal gave me, then when someone did sign for it (perhaps inadvertently) after a surprise re-delivery, I was still getting emails from 'Julie' saying they had not received the item. (No refund without delivery back to them you see) They lie through their teeth from start to finish, and you WILL get a faulty car and there is no genuine customer service to help you if you do, and they will try every trick in the book to avoid giving you a refund, and you will pay the postage for its return without question. These cars are being distributed from China, are of very poor quality and there is NO U.K quality control. They are rubbish. Please do not think you are getting a bargain with them as they are gangsters, and will never deal with you honestly if you have a complaint about the ride on. (& you very likely will!)
Sir_Didymus

Ours also stopped working but after contacting them I was told they had … Ours also stopped working but after contacting them I was told they had no replacement in stock but was given a full refund and told to keep the bike. I found out whats wrong with it also. The plastic cogs in the back wheel were always coming loose from the motor and you could hear the motor spinning but the wheel wouldn't move so I glued it back onto the motor with strong glue and now it works again. Its a hassle to get to the cogs in the first place but it can be fixed if you can get to it.

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MattStan

Did you get a response in the end - I gave it to my son for Christmas - … Did you get a response in the end - I gave it to my son for Christmas - two uses and now nothing. I don't think the lights ever worked either!



Ours also stopped working but after contacting them I was told they had no replacement in stock but was given a full refund and told to keep the bike. I found out whats wrong with it also. The plastic cogs in the back wheel were always coming loose from the motor and you could hear the motor spinning but the wheel wouldn't move so I glued it back onto the motor with strong glue and now it works again. Its a hassle to get to the cogs in the first place but it can be fixed if you can get to it.
liaquata

We received ours last week as well and have exactly the same problem with … We received ours last week as well and have exactly the same problem with it. Called the company this morning and was told they would get a technician to email me but have not heard anything yet.



Did you get a response in the end - I gave it to my son for Christmas - two uses and now nothing. I don't think the lights ever worked either!
liaquata

We received ours last week as well and have exactly the same problem with … We received ours last week as well and have exactly the same problem with it. Called the company this morning and was told they would get a technician to email me but have not heard anything yet.



Did you get a response in the end - I gave it to my son for Christmas - two uses and now nothing. I don't think the lights ever worked either!
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