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    Hello,

    I know this has been covered before, But I have found myself in a position where having a larger car/van would be of greater benefit and was hoping for some fresh opinions. I have 2 large dogs, 2 children and a larger amount of kit than I used to have - which makes my Zafira a bit of a pain as I have to fold the seats back every week to get child seats in. We have an insignia estate, but its nice to take the dogs and babies out at the same time (they are not allowed in the Insignia).

    In an ideal world I would get a mid section seating area and a waterproof rear section. The setting area can be used to house the kids and photobooth etc. and the rear section the dogs and main kit for Djing. Job done. I can also easily fit everything in a partner/Berlingo so dont need too much space, although having the dog section separate is a bonus as you get hair everywhere and they stink.

    My main question is what is the law regarding van insurance and what are the price differences these days? Also I have seen loads of vans with seats/windows that have bags of room and are not classed as vans. It would be dead handy to have transport with 7-10 seats with 2 children & friends.

    Also if I got a camper, will this be more expensive as i guess you need specialist insurance? I like the idea of a camper as we can also explore the UK on holidays. The bongos and transporters can look quite smart also so wont look out of place parked in front of my hotels. I could always get a shuttle type van and build a back waterproof cab section using wood/vynal - That would be the cheaper option.

    I did want to get a Ghibli and a large people carrier, but i think thats a very expensive luxury, so may just opt for a decent van and the insignia, or perhaps a VW Eos or similar (as i miss having a reasonable car for meetings/social use).

    Here are the options in picture form - opinions appreciated and any other ideas?

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    Im reliably informed by a mechanic friend that the bongos are excellent especially if you get the "bongolow" version with the extending roof. They are also mechanically identical to the ford freda so parts are easy to get hold of. Only drawback is that they stopped making them a few years ago.
    Ive had an imported nissan and they are a world of pain when it comes to repairs.
    The VW will hold its value better than any of them.

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    Well if we're using piccies, having taken all your requirements into account, I believe something along these lines would tick all your boxes, Toby.
    1) Plenty of seats, and extra storage in the trailer.
    2) The fun option. A Harley, with added capacity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soundscapes View Post
    Im reliably informed by a mechanic friend that the bongos are excellent especially if you get the "bongolow" version with the extending roof. They are also mechanically identical to the ford freda so parts are easy to get hold of. Only drawback is that they stopped making them a few years ago.
    Ive had an imported nissan and they are a world of pain when it comes to repairs.
    The VW will hold its value better than any of them.
    Thanks there is some great advice there. Cheers. Like the term bongalow, although i think the kids will be in a tent out of the way! I think there are better options that a VW as they are very expensive. Yes agree with the Nissan jap imports, will avoid them. I liked the look of them really, and saw about 20 in my Tesco carpark one morning (I live next to the Beaulieu motor museum). The reason I wanted the diesel Ghibli as it is so different to the Merc Jag and audi's out there, but it's £30,000 s/h which would be better off being put to savings as cars (especially Maseratis) depreciate quickly. My Spider must have lost about £5,000 a year! I was looking at Infiniti saloons but feel that will be the same.

    Quote Originally Posted by Excalibur View Post
    Well if we're using piccies, having taken all your requirements into account, I believe something along these lines would tick all your boxes, Toby.
    1) Plenty of seats, and extra storage in the trailer.
    2) The fun option. A Harley, with added capacity.
    Very helpful. The second one has Steve written all over it.
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    I am going to add the Grand voyager in there as its so large! I also forgot to add that a low ground clearance is a bonus as I have a decrepit dog and a bit flight case to hall up.

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    Van insurance for me is around £100 more than a smallish (vw golf or similar car). It was loads more a few years back, not sure it anything changed or I just got more experience points .

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    Out of interest Why are the dogs and babies not allowed in the insignia ?

    To me it is a no brainer - have a family car for, well family.
    Have a van for work purposes.

    The options you have chosen will likely all need quite a bit of jiggling about with the seats, so can't see the attraction myself.

    Or even : Family car - Runaround - Van. That's what I have, then everyone is happy
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    Quote Originally Posted by ppentertainments View Post
    Out of interest Why are the dogs and babies not allowed in the insignia ?
    I think Toby's embargo on the Insignia only applies to the canines. I'm sure he's prepared to take his children with him sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Excalibur View Post
    I think Toby's embargo on the Insignia only applies to the canines. I'm sure he's prepared to take his children with him sometimes.
    Of course the kids are allowed in the insignia. - I bought it for my wife and she hated having hair and the smell in the old one. Also the roof it a lot lower and they would pebbly not even fit in the back anyway. If I got a van it would be a world away from the Berlingo crap I had before, it would have to drive nicely as my zafira is really nice. Either that, or an A-B van and a third car wen we move. Interesting about van insurance, I need to get some quotes and see as it used to be double what it was when i went back to a zafira. I would have zero no claims to start so it will be expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yourdj View Post
    The second one has Steve written all over it.
    Nah, I'm getting one of these.
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