The BAD news is...
That I didn't pass my practical driving test. Because a) I stalled the car TWICE at the same light (ooh, the nerves!) and then forgot to take the handbreak off when I eventually got it moving and b) I didn't see a pedestrian waiting at a Zebra crossing. Boo!
Let's hope the next go on the 15th will be more successful.
The GOOD news is...
That it's the same to insure a car on a provisional license as on a full driving license. Which means that I can buy a car and use it to practice my clutch control before the next test.
So, my friend James and I went to test drive a little 1998 Nissan Micra 1.0 Twister today.
It's so tiny and super cute. I love it to bits already!
Here are a couple of photos I stole from here and there, just so that you can see how seriously adorable it is:
It's got an egg-beater of an engine (4 cyl, 16V), no power steering, manual transmission, A/C, cassette/radio, and a little bench-like fold down back seat. With out the seat folded down, I'll be lucky to get 1 1/2 suitcases inside. Still...it drives really well (albeit a little lurchy in 1st gear - but then again, that's probably just my clutch control and trying to [wo]manhandle it around the parking lot) and should get good gas mileage. I think it's a perfect fit too since I'm short and don't have to worry about having lots of leg room. And Lord help any passenger...we'll be bumping elbows all along the way!
It's selling for £995 but I was able to weasel £20 off the selling price. The garage I'm buying it from will do a full MOT (look it up) within the next week, so I shouldn't have to worry about getting things fixed right away. They should fix anything that needs fixing and then let me know what I can look forward to for the next year (i.e. new tires, brakes, etc).
I put a £200 deposit down on it today, pending an independent inspection as required for my City Council loan. Money, money, money. Then hopefully, I'll be able to drive it away by the end of next week.
Oh, I do so love it.