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Buying and Selling Cars

Our Classifieds section is now live, it’s currently in a basic form but functionality will be added over the coming months.

To assist; here are guides on Buying and Selling

I’ve always wondered about car finance/lease/pcp and the reason why so few people review the rates of bank loans prior to this. For example – VWFS (Volkswagen Financial Services) who provide finance for Porsche also; are quoting 12% APR on a £25k car on their approved used site.

For a 48 month duration, HSBC will provide £25k at 3.9% APR, which translates into £562.60 pm and a total payment of £27,004.73 over 4 years. There are no additional booking fees on top of this.

The VWFS example on a £25k car is £580.29 pm, deposit of £2,499.90, acceptance fee of £155, option to purchase fee of £60 and a total amount of £30,568.82 paid.

Therefore a £3.5k saving with a bank loan – Worth considering ;-).

Fast German Cars

Fast German car performance statistics taken from Dec 2013. Below are the fastest cars by manufacturer to 60 mph and with the highest top speed:

Audi – R8 5.2 V10 GT, 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph

BMW – E92 M3 GTS, 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 182 mph

Bentley (VAG) – Continental GT Speed, 0-60 in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph

Bugatti (VAG) – Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 255 mph

Lamborghini (VAG) – Aventador LP 700, 0-60 in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph

Mercedes-Benz – SLS AMG GT, 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph

MINI (BMW) – JCW Coupe, 0-60 in 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph

Porsche – 918 Spyder, 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 214 mph

Rolls Royce (BMW) – Wraith, 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph

Volkswagen – Golf R, 0-60 in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph

Euro Trip, Bruges, Amsterdam, Denmark

Time to stretch the 911’s legs for 2013 with a road trip to Denmark – 2000 miles in a week!

An epic journey including my first experience of the autobahn and being overtaken at 163 mph. The fastest car point to point on the autobahn being the VW Passat diesel / BMW 320d / Audi A4 diesel.

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Bruges is such a fantastic place to visit for great food and drink and only an hour from Calais.

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Skagen, the north most point of Jutland and the city boy hangout.

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The best way to travel across countries must be the Panamera.

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Classic part of Amsterdam without the Eurotrash.

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Thank god for Porsche warranty resulting in new RMS and IMS.

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The Nürburgring Is For Sale

The Nurburgring is reportedly for sale in the region of £120m.

The Nurburgring is home to the German Formula 1, alternating with Hockenheim, which also has reported to running at a loss from hosting the F1. As noted by the German Tourist Board on my recent trip; “The track costs 17,000 euros per day to hire on non-race days, however Hockenheim must pay 20m euros to hold the F1, which breaks even selling 100k tickets averaging 200 euros.” 125 years of the car

The Ring will also be well known to the audience of Top Gear and often quoted as the testing ground for most performance auto makers with the Nordschleife times providing great marketing power much is the ongoing battle of Porsche 911 Turbo vs Nissan GTR.

Sabine Schmitz has become a national hero and has been providing driver tuition and the Ring Taxi with the BMW M series and Porsche track prepped 911 models. Ring Taxi

Compared to a location such as Goodwood, an investor should be able to see there is scope for improvements. Goodwood hosts the Moving Motorshow, Festival of Speed, horse racing, golf courses, corporate events, hotels, restaurants, yearly memberships and so on.

There are rumours of the pool of bidders having shrunk to 20% so there must be some hidden issues but as a name and grounds the Nurburgring offers a lot of potential.