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To Keep or not to keep....

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by bluehawaii90, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. bluehawaii90

    bluehawaii90 Copenworld Member

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    Morning all,

    We've recently found out that baby number 1 is on the way, so as the title suggests I have to make a decision on whether to keep the Copen or to sell. Its not my main car, but my husband is strongly against me getting rid because "its a fun little car, when are we going to own another like it, its costing nothing to keep and you'll be able to drive it again next year"....

    I'm being more realistic about it. I know you can't put a car seat in the front with an active airbag, I *assume* that means you can put a car seat in with it disabled?

    I'm aware I wont be driving it for the best part of a year now, i'm 2 months gone and its a struggle to get down that far! I'm just worried that in 18 months time, I still wont be able to use it due to car seats, pushchairs etc.

    Do any of you guys/gals have kids that go in the copen? how does it work?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. Neil50

    Neil50 Copenworld Regular

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    We dont have any kids, but if it is not costing you anything to keep it, why get rid of it (unless the money could come in handy for getting all the baby stuff). It could give you something to look forward to and de-stress if you are having a heavy day.
     
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  3. ClareL

    ClareL Copenworld Veteran

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    If you don't need the money to buy a "sensible" family car I would keep it for the future but it might be a few years before you can drive it regularly again :mad:
     
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  4. Kay

    Kay Copenworld Newbie

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    Are you going to use it as your main car and how often you will use it. It could get difficult to get in and out of in the last 3 or 4 months, do you have another car you can use in that time? Also try out a pushchair in the back and remember babies have extras to carry with them. I hope you do manage to keep it but its a must to take into account or you will struggle. :)
     
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  5. Number6

    Number6 Copenworld Veteran

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    As a secondary car, the Copen is fine. The pax airbag doesn't look like it can be disabled, and it certainly doesn't have ISOFIX for the child seat.

    Keep it as a weekend / summer car, if you can afford to.
     
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  6. copenforbusiness

    copenforbusiness Copenworld Member

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    We have only one daughter, she's 11 and we've just bought the Copen. The logistics for a family of three with a car for two are a nightmare but still wouldn't change it for the world. In my opinion, if you are looking for a sensible option, perhaps we (or you) shouldn't have bought it in the first place :eek:. But Copens are not about sensible, are they? :angel:
    You still have the mini... how about a temporary swap with the hubby? He'd get to keep the car and you get the advantages of a slightly more baby-friendly car...
    PS. We have promised our daughter that this is going to be her first car. She is delighted with the idea! No doubt we will be looking for another one for ourselves in 7-8 years time... if you are still interested in selling it then... ;)
     
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  7. bluehawaii90

    bluehawaii90 Copenworld Member

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    Hi all, thanks for the replies.

    I have a mini cooper SD (3 door) which has the isofix etc in the back so that would remain as my main car. My husband has a Qashqai so plenty of space for Baby stuff! :) The Copen is costing less than £50 a month for tax and ins. so I figure it can stay locked up for a few months...years....*sigh*

    I didn't think about taking it to Mothercare and seeing how much i can fit in it! That's a great idea and has to be tried. Even with the roof down I could slide a few nappies and bottles between the boot and roof ;-)

    As for "should have thought about that before you bought the copen"...I bought the car 4 years ago while I was living at home, before I met my husband and before I got married lol forward family planning was not going through my 22 year old head at the time!

    Thanks again for the advice, it seems to me the only reason to get rid would be cost. Otherwise, keep your eyes out next year for a 2005 0.6L Silver copen with 52k, red leather seats and walnut interior trim!
     
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  8. Number6

    Number6 Copenworld Veteran

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    If you're gonna park up the copen for a while, put the battery on a tender and make the car storage ready.
     

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