sars wrote:Problem with buying a winter car for just a few months use is not necessarily the cost of the car, you have to include insurance, tax, maintenance, storage, risk of breaking down when you most need it.
Whereas investing in winter tyres is cheap, you buy a set of alloys off ebay, spend £450.00 on tyres which will last 3 seasons, when you sell the car, sell the winter alloys on and thus the total cost is only the tyres which you would need anyway. Was a no brainer for me.
I can see where your coming from but personally for me if I went for a set of winter wheels them I would go for a new set of 18" BMW alloys with winter runflats, anything less i.e. 16" steelies would look rediculous on the Zed. I wouldn't really be keen on aftermarket wheels or a tatty secondhand set and would stick with runflats anyways. I reckon a set would be knocking on 2K from BMW. The set of BMW winters I bought for the 1 Series cost £1250 for 16" with winter runflats. For less than that you could pick up a small runaround, taxed and MOTd from a garage, wouldn't bother with servicing so long as its roadworthy with decent tyres. I been looking over the weekend and spotted some nice Polo's and Ford Kas for around £1800, I would probably insure it 3rd party so thats all you would be paying out, unless it broke down
Run it for 4 or 5 months, give it a wash at the end then stick it e-bay for what I paid for it? Plus the Zed would escape the worst of winter and the chances of it being smacked into on snowy days. An £1800 runaround wouldn't worry me so much if it got damaged.