Aygo

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£54 for wing and door mirror

£760 total auction cost

 

 

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There appears to be a market for cheap automatic cars and here the distinction should be made between traditional torque converter automatic transmissions and more recent semi-autos that are distinguishable in having no transmission fluid. Their respective technologies have advanced dramatically in the past ten years so that fuel efficiency has increased – with lower taxation rates. Contrast with my partner’s old 2002 Ford Focus 1.6 automatic with £280 a year  tax ( 192 g/km) and 300 miles on a tank of petrol on a good day. My newly-acquired Toyota Aygo has a three cylinder 998cc and equates to £20 a year tax (109 g/km). Of course, siblings of Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107 are all built in the same factory and use the same Toyota unit. Our 06 model had suffered a scrape across one wheel arch that knocked the front bumper off. Fortunately, it had been placed with associated deris into the rear of the car. Salvage parts that can be salvaged safely. A silver wing and mirror were sourced for £54 and bumper brackets were bought from Toyota  for a reasonable £18.50. Wings are quite easy to fit but a dosing of the 10mm bolt beneath the windscreen scuttle and sill bolt are advised to reduce stress. A £1 silver spray paint rattlecan was bought from the Poundshop and Epoxy resin glue is always handy to bond mudguards and bumpersplits. It was an easy repair and the Aygo is a good car although there is a limit to which manufacture’s cost-cutting does affect repair with the rear lense cluster clips pinging in all directions – caught in the crossfire.

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