Sunday, June 9, 2013

How Much Is a Reasonably Priced Track-Worthy Car in the U.K.?

I was curious to find out out what used cars go for on England. Say, Red Sox owner John Henry goes to check on his Liverpool team for a few weeks and decides to get something track-worthy that won't require him to trade Dustin Pedroia in order to afford it. I found this very cool Exchange and Mart's used cars in Liverpool website, which is the U.K. equivalent of AutoTrader, except much better.

What I really like about it is that it will give you the number of cars available for each option selected. For example, there are 1,864 automatics and 7,825 manuals but when you select the Coupe body style, it reduces these numbers to 181 automatics and 229 manuals. It's a very cool user interface that makes finding the right car much easier and gives you some insigt into the uniqueness of options you've selected. Looking at the numbers, it's really interesting to see that the manual transmission is far from dead in the U.K. and that stick shifts still outnumber automatics by a better than 4:1 ratio. By the way, MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) is what the Brits call minivans. It sounds much better -- how did we not think of that Stateside?

My first choice for a track car would be this great-looking Mazda RX8. 5 years old and 70k miles only, manul tranny. It's only £5,000, which is especially reasonable when you consider how expensive cars are in the U.K. compared to the U.S. According to Google Maps, Silverstone is less than 3 hours from Liverpool, Spa another 6, and the Nurburgring only another hour. Tempted? I know I am!