A second car

26.07.17

We’ve been a one car family since just before Sunday was born, which we found really worked for us, financially. The apartment we were living in gave Mark a two minute walk to work, and we found having a second car an expense that wasn’t necessary. We figured the money saved on registering and insuring another car could pay for a cab if our little family ever got stuck without wheels.

Things changed dramatically when we moved to the burbs earlier this year! Mark found himself with a commute to work for the first time in ten years, which needed a car, mainly so he could easily drop Sunday at Preschool on his way in the morning. So, it was clear we needed a second vehicle for me to get around town with the kids and my day to day work errands. Dreams of a Fiat Beach Buggy obviously weren’t going to happen (can you imagine dashing around the beaches in one of these minty green cuties though, talk about adorable). Looking at a safe family friendly car option was the brief, air bags, leather seats and all.

Making our own funds magically increase in our bank account overnight to make this purchase happen didn’t work out unfortunately, especially after renovating our home (don’t get me started on landscaping costs), so I started shopping around for a car loan. It had been years since I’d dabbled in that area, so it was with perfect timing that the NRMA contacted me and asked to check out their offers. I’ve long been a very loyal member of their roadside angels from Roadside Assistance, but had never considered the NRMA for a car loan before. Looking further in to it, I was impressed with the following; A really quick and easy application process, no monthly fees, pre-approval within 5 business hours and funds available the next day. Loans are available for new and used cars as well as motorcycles, caravans (another dream is to have a little vintage caravan sitting in our backyard one day for extra accommodation and just for the thrill of owning a vintage caravan), motorcycles, motorhomes and boats. The NRMA also offers a 21 day loan satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy, you can pull out!

I’ve been checking out a few different cars to purchase and had a go of the NRMA’s handy car loan calculator and the very clever service that gives you a car history report, which I think is really important when buying second hand.

So, it really has been a positive experience and our want of owning a second car is being made that little bit easier. Meanwhile, I still can’t get over this cute little Fiat twin set, which was available for sale back in 2014. I spotted these photos on one of my favourite sites, Messy Nessy Chic. If the buyer who ended up with these 1950’s vehicles is out there, let me know – I want to hear how these sweeties are going. 

Known as “La Spiaggina”, literally meaning  “beach-ette”, the Fiat beach-buggy was marketed worldwide as the Jolly, meaning “joker” in Italian. They were available in pink, coral, white, pale yellow and sky blue. Aristotle Onassis owned one and allegedly used it aboard his sizeable yacht. It is believed that fewer than 100 exist today, each one with its own unique quirks. This particular model may have been one of the 32 Jolly cars that were used as taxis on the island of Catalina off the coast of Los Angeles from 1958–1962. I just had to share these with you, because it’s not often I get this excited about a car!

One can dream, right? 

Briar x

3 comments

  • Mike

    Those are awesome! I can totally see why you covet them- I would as well if I lived in a seaside neighbourhood.

  • Fiona

    I hear you about the second car. we were at that stage too. I couldn’t stand the thought of driving a mummybus ( 4 kids). After a year of much walking we decided to make the non sensible decision of getting a 1976 VW kombi in blue and white – runs on nothing. You also have to drive wearing a beanie in in winter , and wrapped in a blanket.
    fits everyone inc artworks but the reaction we get , people are so friendly.

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