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    Aint that the truth!...........walking in the garage n smelling petrol n oil fumes is very theraputic. I always hoped air freshner firms would start producing...PUB, CREOSOTE and LOG FIRE aromas

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    Doomed is a bit strong, but it’s certainly out of fashion since the boom years of the ‘70’s when it was.
    Legislation, planet saving green factors and the way that cars are sold these days play a part. Cars are not bought but are loaned, so no mods allowed or even attempted. Kids are not bothered except the few that are influenced by their fathers or grandads - and dragstrips have disappeared rapidly over the past few years so there is little chance to see and appreciate the sight and thunder of the scene. As it has been rightly said, it is largely the older generation that are still interested, those with hands on knowledge, those that prefer to spend their winters laid on cold garage floors tackling various modifications to their ancient steeds, than sit in a warm bedroom staring at video screens.
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    ...old enough to know better !!

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    If you think about it, those naughty main dealers have mugged off a whole generation..................we'll give you a nice shiny new car to show off with, you get the thing serviced by us, bring it back in 3 years (cos it aint yours sonny) n because yooz such a special customer...............we'll do it again, we'll just take most of your wages, so you'll never have the cash to buy a 5yr old car n be able to keep your wages!!

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    Been to a couple of private test days at the Pod, both full of young guys doing serious stuff with mostly FWD cars, the scene is not dead, just moved on a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve1275 View Post
    Been to a couple of private test days at the Pod, both full of young guys doing serious stuff with mostly FWD cars, the scene is not dead, just moved on a bit.
    Maybe it’s “hot rodders” that are becoming extinct rather than modified cars themselves?

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    Quite a few youngsters round our way are playing around with off road stuff, Landrovers are getting expensive now but it's not unusual to see an early Ranger with big wheels and a strait thru exhaust.
    And a major point is that most modern cars are so good that they don't need modifying....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigknickers View Post
    If you think about it, those naughty main dealers have mugged off a whole generation..................we'll give you a nice shiny new car to show off with, you get the thing serviced by us, bring it back in 3 years (cos it aint yours sonny) n because yooz such a special customer...............we'll do it again, we'll just take most of your wages, so you'll never have the cash to buy a 5yr old car n be able to keep your wages!!
    New and used late model cars are now so expensive (compared with most peoples wages) that the average person can't get traditional finance (you know ~ HP, deposit and 24 or 36 months repayment) on the salaries earned.
    This is much the same as the housing market. Unless you already own a residential property you stand no chance of being able to A. afford the deposit and B. make the payments so have to rent a property for life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roscobb View Post
    New and used late model cars are now so expensive (compared with most peoples wages) that the average person can't get traditional finance (you know ~ HP, deposit and 24 or 36 months repayment) on the salaries earned.
    This is much the same as the housing market. Unless you already own a residential property you stand no chance of being able to A. afford the deposit and B. make the payments so have to rent a property for life.
    Another factor of modern car ownership is the cost of serving and repairs. If you're already up to your eyes in finance payments and then something goes wrong (assuming outside of warranty period) then that could be prohibitive. I guess the PCP arrangements get around that so that the punter knows exactly what their outgoings will be every month. I think that's how a lot of people live these days - month to month. You'll go past a housing estate and see shiny new houses with shiny new SUVs parked outside. The house is on current low interest mortgage repayments/rent and the vehicle on a PCP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4potHemi View Post
    Another factor of modern car ownership is the cost of serving and repairs. If you're already up to your eyes in finance payments and then something goes wrong (assuming outside of warranty period) then that could be prohibitive. I guess the PCP arrangements get around that so that the punter knows exactly what their outgoings will be every month. I think that's how a lot of people live these days - month to month. You'll go past a housing estate and see shiny new houses with shiny new SUVs parked outside. The house is on current low interest mortgage repayments/rent and the vehicle on a PCP.
    Exactly that..........car dealers, suppliers and manufacturers have a huge amount of debt stored-up out there - much like the housing scene where we are seeing relatively low interest rates the automotive sales industry will be really *ucked if 'realistic' finance rates are applied - we have seen from the current Covid situation that certain industries (travel and hospitality) are instantly affected - there will be a 'knock-on' factor that will affect many other professions and industries ultimately. The 'hospitality industry can be 'sacrificed' by HMG as the customer base (unlike housing or motors) is not heavily financed so its only the operators and low wage staff that will be out of work - Joe Public isn't affected.
    We in our hobby are already starting to see the effects of Covid with the cost of air freight of parts from the 'States..........won't be too long before the UK specialist retailers have sold their current stock and price-up items covering for the higher shipping fees (if they haven't done so already)
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    44.5k members on this FB group shows there's still plenty of interest in home built cars and talented gear heads out there:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/867119580122571/

    A whole lot of great builds regularly being posted on there, not so many hot rods, but there are a few, people are still building stuff like there's no tomorrow.

    There are plenty of other FB groups along the same lines.
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