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In 2006 we were still aggressively building our portfolio and piling every penny back in, but an amazing 'flip deal' came up so i bought myself a new 911 for cash, it was a bloody terrible waste of money, I kept it 6yrs and had to sell it because If i drove it a decent distance i wouldnt be able to walk for 2days because my ankle was crippled.My parents were really proud when i bought it and 12mths later my dad suddenly passed away. It was the best £50k i have lost in my life and i wish now i hadn't sold it because its worth more now than i sold it for. If i could go back now I would do exactly the same again. Delayed gratification is fine but Its no good delaying it to the point where you are too old to enjoy it.
Every 6mths or so i go and 'tyrekick' at the Porsche dealers and keep having thoughts about buying another, then my wife tells me not to be stupid and the cycle starts again.
In short if you are 40 or less but another property, 40-45 is a grey area, 50+, BUY THE BLOODY CAR!
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What about investing in another BTL and using the monthly profits to fund a car on PCH/leasing/car loan?That way it will buy you a new car for life and you can change it every few years, I wouldn't personally spend 30k on a depreciating liability unless I had it to throw away. If you look 10 years in the future that 30k car will be worth peanuts, whereas your property will be worth more than you bought it for (with any luck) and still be generating income for you, plus it will add to the legacy you leave behind if that is important to you. I have never done PCH but have seen you can get something really nice for £300 a month if you look for a deal and aren't focused on a particular model or brand, but look for say a BMW/Mercedes/Audi/etc.
I had this dilemma a couple of years ago as was sick of running older vehicles.
I bought a knackered house for 20k and spent 10k doing it up and it now throws off 390pcm so use this to lease a new car.
As you have a decent budget why not buy a cheap house or use as a deposit in a good area and use the income to fund the car?
Of course if it is a toy follow your heart as everyone needs a hobby!
The house I bought is now starting to cause some problems so may actually sell it when the lease comes to an end and buy a rare car and benefit from appreciation this way!
Not sure I'd spend a lot of money to be hated by all other road-users and never be let out at junctions. + all BMW's seem to suffer with the indicator fault thing.
Can I make some alternative suggestions?
1 - buy a classic car (it's an asset not a liability)
2 - occasionally hire a nice car (then you get a 'new' car more than once