Need a cost effective car for a long commute
March 24, 2011 11:57 AM Subscribe
It's looking like I'm going to be offered a job about one hour's drive away from where I live in North Yorkshire. This will be my first 'proper' job (done lots of temping though). I've found the job market to be reaaaally hard. I'm a graduate and I'm getting interviews and even second interviews but haven't been sealing the deal.
posted by anonymous to travel & transportation (16 answers total)
Now it looks like I've finally made it, only the job isn't in my town, it's an hour's pleasant drive away (in the countryside). I've already asked if my working hours could be flexi so that I can go to work earlier in order to leave earlier and that was fine. So now I have two questions:
1) What car would it be sensible to buy to make this commute? I am looking for RELIABILITY and fuel economy over all else. I think my budget is about £2,000. I'm fairly tall (6'2") so hadn't really considered a Smart Car because people seem to suggest I won't fit in. Otherwise, surely these would be great for insurance, road tax and fuel economy? I do NOT want to use this car for anything other than commuting. In the city, I enjoy cycling - even for shopping/carting kids about.
2) Is a one hour each way commute going to destroy me? I do enjoy driving, the roads won't be congested and they will be scenic - I mean, it sounds fine actually but maybe I'm being naîve...
My dream is to have Radio 4 on or a CD and chill out on the way to work...
So yeah, mainly I'm looking for car recommendations that will prevent my salary being used up by: