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Old 21-02-2006   #1
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Cool Company car ordered...

... and it's not a Fiat!

I really fancied a Grande Punto 1.9 diesel, but they were too expensive... a Sporting would've cost me £150 a month in contributions and tax!

So I've gone for another Ford instead... a Focus 3-door Zetec 1.6 Ti-VCT (115bhp) with the climate pack and 8-speaker Mp3 stereo, in metallic black It's a lovely looking motor (attachment pic is off Ford's car configurator but you get the idea), got loads of toys too and the handling is ridiculously good!

Only downside is that it'll take 8 to 12 weeks for delivery, during which time I'm stuck with a rather tedious Peugeot 307 hire car
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all i can say is keep punto
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Re: Company car ordered...

Cool...

Id love a company car; free insurance/petrol, or isnt it like that?
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Quote Originally Posted by uno_94
all i can say is keep punto
You are a fool. I wouldnt turn down a free (just about) brand new focus in favour of a 12 year old punto
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Quote Originally Posted by wolfracepunto
CoolId love a company car; free insurance/petrol, or isnt it like that?
Well, not free as such - it all gets taxed at your marginal rate of tax, more so if you get a petrol card for a company car.
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You are a fool. I wouldnt turn down a free (just about) brand new focus in favour of a 12 year old punto
but its a aaa aaaaa fff fff FORD!! id have that punto over it anyday
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Quote Originally Posted by uno_94
but its a aaa aaaaa fff fff FORD!! id have that punto over it anyday
you will learn you dont give up things for free (just about), especially cars
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David (WR): Yep, it's taxed, maintained and insured at no cost to me also get my business and commuting fuel paid for!

As Stu mentioned, I do get taxed on it, but it's only about £45 a month in tax and another £25ish a month as it's a bit more expensive than my company car allowance still, under £70 a month all-in for a brand-new Focus ain't too shabby!
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... and it's not a Fiat!

I really fancied a Grande Punto 1.9 diesel, but they were too expensive... a Sporting would've cost me £150 a month in contributions and tax!

So I've gone for another Ford instead... a Focus 3-door Zetec 1.6 Ti-VCT (115bhp) with the climate pack and 8-speaker Mp3 stereo, in metallic black It's a lovely looking motor (attachment pic is off Ford's car configurator but you get the idea), got loads of toys too and the handling is ridiculously good!

Only downside is that it'll take 8 to 12 weeks for delivery, during which time I'm stuck with a rather tedious Peugeot 307 hire car
Sounds good to me, shame its not a punto though

Its not a bad looking car, as long as its a 3dr! decent power as well!

Enjoy thats what I say
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Re: Company car ordered...

Maybe being dumb here but why is a Focus cheaper than a Grande Punto?

Were the choices limited JB?

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Quote Originally Posted by bloomfieldliam
Maybe being dumb here but why is a Focus cheaper than a Grande Punto?

Were the choices limited JB?

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probably because the punto is top of the range and focus bottom? (well maybe not bottom but its not top of the range lol)
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Quote Originally Posted by bloomfieldliam
Maybe being dumb here but why is a Focus cheaper than a Grande Punto?
Ford probably offer large discounts for fleet purchases.
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Quote Originally Posted by bloomfieldliam
Maybe being dumb here but why is a Focus cheaper than a Grande Punto?

Were the choices limited JB?

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Some of the prices really don't make much sense at first - I very nearly ordered a Focus ST1 5-door, which would have come to a total of only £80 a month. Only thing that stopped me was that I spotted the disclaimer about drivers under 23 not being allowed cars in insurance group 16 or above ... gutted!

I think the Grande Punto is pricey as it's very new, in high demand and they don't know what it's going to suffer in depreciation so are assuming the worst. Annoyingly, the best bargains are actually Vauxhalls, but it'll be a cold day in hell before I drive one of those!

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Best of luck with it. So the Punto is going then? How about the Capri?
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