Yep...We had one of those once "CD" it was the top of the range model, " A Skip" painted yellow, but we only had it for a short time whist we were clearing out the house we had just bought.Wow... a 124 Spider as a first vehicle. I wish I knew someone like you when I was a lad. lol
My first car, and folks... try not to bash me too hard on this... was a 1979 Lada 1500S. It came OEM with a pint of body enamel, an engine repair kit, and a crank that fit in the hole in the front bumper. It was a beast of a little thing, but also a Fiat from another mother (my understanding is that Fiat made a deal and set up a factory for the Soviets, which is why the Lada sedan was for all intents a Fiat 124 Special). But one of the differences was that the Lada had body panels about the same thickness as an oil drum. It was rugged, and in later years greatly prized as rally cars. And no joke when I said it was heavier than it's Italian sibling. The Lada 1500s weighed well over 200 lbs. more than the Fiat 124 Special, and that was body metal.
But I digress. So long as you can afford the vehicle, it's a joy to own. But as a first vehicle, and given your locale, I'd suggest looking at a 500 Abarth instead. If you really want the top off, they make a cabrio model. The only reason I'm saying this is that the Spider, though a joy to own, is pretty low to the ground, and with the top up my assessment is that is has some serious blind spots which could be problematic in congested driving conditions. Top down you have a 360 degree unimpeded view of everything, including the spinning lugnuts on the wheels of the lorries beside you.
As others have suggested, the best thing is to take one for a test drive... in locations and traffic conditions similar to what would be your normal drive. Cars are always such a personal choice, so just like picking out clothes, price, style, fit and comfort are all considerations to be taken into account. Whatever you choose to go with, make sure it's a car that makes you smile. Drive safe.
Thank you, I am a little worried about the insurance will cost me however with not having the opportunity to travel the world this year due to Covid, I think I have saved enough for the next few years of insurance on it. I am pretty set on a 124 Spider as the majority of my friends drive Fiat 500s and I'm looking for something a little more individual, and that will stand out from the crowed. Cheers for the advice on getting the dealership to give me a good look round it and a good test drive. Thank you so much!Hello and Welcome Squirrel.....Hmmm, 19 yrs old, first car, insurance cost will be BIG me thinks, Car Tax £145 pa so no problems there, running costs are Great, as is reliability and the 124 Spider is a stylish and wonderful piece of engineering. Depending on income.....Parents / family assisting you then Great but make a clear plan / understanding agreed by all parties should you be expecting to repay within a certain time frame and go for 0 % interest as it is family.
Bank loan....Have you built up a good credit score as a Bank Loan usually is best way forward borrowing and the rate you pay (if you do not already know this) is APR annual percentage rate, so if it's 10% the is the rate each year, however...if you buy on a dealership finance scheme (usually Lloyds) and it's 10 % FIXED rate then that is doubled to 20 per annum, so be very careful that you fully understand before signing.
Have you actually test driven a 124 Spider ?......They are great to drive but in heavy City / Town traffic with Trucks and Busses all around you and maybe not quite seeing you so low down you may struggle so take a drive and see how you feel. MPG is fantastic, use PREMIUM grade fuel only and you will see 45 mpg+ on a 124 Classica or Lusso, a 124 Abarth has more engine power output so insurance costs will be higher and fuel consumption slightly less. So, if cash is sorted without struggling and you love the drive then a 124 Spider could be a dream first car as long as you don't want to go camping with a mate and two lots of kit......... Alternative, the Mazda MX5 actually on cost you could pick up an older one at a good price or the Fiat 500 to get you going fairly cheaply with a reliable little car. Where about are you in the UK as most "squirrels" are London or Cheltenham based............maybe a local member could show you around his / her 124 Spider, if that doesn't appeal then make sure your chosen dealership give you a GOD tour and long test drive of whatever first car you are considering......Best Wishes and hopefully...we will see you back here with photographs of your New 124 Spider.....Cheers
And he's married...do you like cats Squirrel ? But seriously Squirrel.....If we do have a member who lives somewhere within reach you could also ask them to go see 124 Spiders with you as they will know what to look for (no problems with them,just if they are modded or worst the money or not, also....someone like Arthur... will NOT pay one penny more than he needs to so would help you get the best deal as would a Scotsman or a Yorkshireman, I am a Scouser by birth so I would just "Nick it" and let you have it for a bag of fish and chips !Go for it Squirrel !!!! Just out of interest, where approx are you in the UK ?... I'm in South East Wales.
Got it.....Gocompare, compare the market and money supermarket with go compare my favorite will all compete for your business. Don't be too worried about insurance as the engine is only 1368 cc (you will need that figure), if you carry an excess (in event of claim) then it reduces amount and keep your miles down then that will also make it cheaper, DON'T add any mates / partners to insurance as that bumps the premiums up. You can go on gocompare, sign in / join up and gets / edit quotes all day long so...unmodified 124 spider cost to insure. A Number Plate (something off ebay uk you fancy for instance) tick not bought yet, is it modified NO, It will then ask you about excesses, convictions, where the Spider lives (now, if you have use of a garage choose that, Driveway still good, parked on road or elsewhere not quite as clever. Your postcode will have an effect on cost as if you live in the City / high theft area expensive, countryside usually cheaper. I would guess that it will cost you hundreds rather than thousands to insure a 124 Spider, anyway...when you have filled in the online form click to access rules and wait and the quotes start coming up. DON'T always go for the cheapest as "on occasion" they also are the worst for service but most are very good indeed. You will then be armed with what your likely cost for insurance will be.Thank you, I am a little worried about the insurance will cost me however with not having the opportunity to travel the world this year due to Covid, I think I have saved enough for the next few years of insurance on it. I am pretty set on a 124 Spider as the majority of my friends drive Fiat 500s and I'm looking for something a little more individual, and that will stand out from the crowed. Cheers for the advice on getting the dealership to give me a good look round it and a good test drive. Thank you so much!