A bargain hunterbought a car in London and drove it to Bristol and back because it was cheaper than a train ticket. Tom Church, 27, purchased the 21-year-old vehicle for just one trip so he could travel 100 miles away.
He wanted to see a friend but had been put off by rip-off train fares. Then, after seeing someone else complaining about the same trains on Reddit, Tom was inspired to do something different. He bought the second hand car, road tax, insurance and petrol all for £206.81 – more than £10 less than the £218.10 return train ticket he had been quoted.
The second hand car cost just £80. Road tax was £81.38, insurance for one day £20.43 and petrol £25. Peak-time return train tickets between London and Bristol cost between £210 – £218.10.
Tom found the 1997 Honda Civic with 135,000 miles on the clock online – and was instantly drawn to the idea. The 27-year-old said: ‘The idea came when I saw a man share his ridiculously priced train ticket on Reddit. ‘I felt his pain because I had wanted to book that same journey to see a friend and colleague. It gave me an idea to try something different.
‘I found the car on Gumtree. The lady I bought it from, Sutinder, was basically selling it for scrap. It’s a very old car, 1997 Honda Civic, but the MOT was fine. ‘Plus, the engine was small enough that I could get the cheapest road tax: a minimum of six months for £81.38.
killers ‘You may be able to use a railcard. Or you could get a coach. But for those of us who aren’t able to, why do the train companies insist on ripping us off?’ Tom,who is co-founder of voucher code siteLatestDeals, added:‘At the end of the trip, I still have a car. I’ll probably sell it again. After some TLC, I think I can get £200. ‘You get your unused road tax refunded so I might even be in profit! That’s real bargain hunting for you.’
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