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theironduke

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6,995 posts

74 months

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Subject to insurance obviously.

Going to meet up with a mate I haven't seen for years soon and he was like a big kid when I told him I had a Tiv. Obviously take hime out for a spin but I also said that if he's insured he can have a go.

Now i'm really not to bothered, obviously as I volunteered it! and it the day it's only a 5/6k Chim, not a Veyron. I figure whats the point in having such cars if you can't share the fun!

So what are other peoples views of letting people get behind the wheels of their toys?

HustleRussell

6,425 posts

46 months

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I let a mate I'd met two years previous drive my Caterham on a trackday. All went well and he has bought his own now! He was only 20 at the time so it took a little trust!

Jimbo.

2,887 posts

75 months

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"If they bend it, they buy it" at best, else never. Just too much potential for problems...

Froomee

1,230 posts

55 months

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Jimbo. said:
"If they bend it, they buy it" at best, else never. Just too much potential for problems...
+1

LCR265

1,220 posts

47 months

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I've let my Mum and siblings drive my car, and can think of one friend that I would let drive it.
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Vladimir

6,917 posts

44 months

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If they are insured, usually fine.

However my FIL, who has plenty of money, seems to have recently decided it's fine to treat our cars like his own. He tested our Defender and stoved off the bumper protector then reversed the tow bar into a pile of gravel, covering it in cr4p and scuffing it.

He keeps asking to try our our VW Cali but I keep making excuses.

I generally need to know well someone can drive before they get to drive our cars. If they aren't total halfwits, they can drive them.

Ray Luxury-Yacht

8,139 posts

102 months

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I've let mates ride some of my bikes and drive my cars.

On one occasion a (very careful) mate borrowed my Volvo to nip home in. When he came back 2 hours later, the rear door was stoved in yikes

His neighbour reversed off her drive straight into the side of my car! yikes

Wasn't his fault obviously, and wouldn't stop me letting mates drive my cars again...in fact I let the same mate borrow my superbike to go to Silverstone one year for the F1. This time it came back in one piece biggrin

Although I did used to get a little twitchy when I let mates drive my Porker, but nothing bad happened.


I guess it depends a little on what your friends are like behind the wheel - most of my mates are petrolheads and drive pretty professionally. So no problem as far as I'm concerned.

If the worst happens, I'd like to think that they'd help do their best to assist in reparing / replacing the vehicle, and I'm sure they would.

I've never had anything 'super rare' or 'mega valuable' - perhaps if I was minted and the vehicle was something like a Ferrari 250 or something extremely difficult to replace, I might think twice...

Be interested to hear what other PH'ers do though.


Mastodon2

9,352 posts

51 months

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I have a friend or two that I would trust to drive my car, generally too young to get the clause on their insurance to let them. Then again, I think it would be hard to envisage a scenario which would require one to drive my car even if insurance was permitting.

MrOrange

871 posts

139 months

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I'm pretty cool letting my mates drive my cars and ride my bikes, I even lent my Elise to a mate for nearly a year when I was short of garage space. Like most, I suspect, there is always one that you'd not let near anything I own.

Pay it forward, that's my motto.

bga

7,584 posts

137 months

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I'm pretty comfortable with friends & family driving my cars. The only proviso's are that they are insured and that 'they bend it, they mend it'.

I'm a lot more fussy about letting people play my guitars (which are have a much lower monetary value than my cars).

Ray Luxury-Yacht

8,139 posts

102 months

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bga said:
I'm pretty comfortable with friends & family driving my cars. The only proviso's are that they are insured and that 'they bend it, they mend it'.

I'm a lot more fussy about letting people play my guitars (which are have a much lower monetary value than my cars).
biggrin Funny that - I've been in a few bands as a singer, and I've often asked to have a go on the guys' guitars and drum kits. They seem to quite reluctantly agree, and hand it over with suspicion, hover round whilst I'm having a go, and then when it looks like I'm done, quickly move in to reclaim their instrument!

Fair enough I guess - I think your instrument becomes your baby and almost a part of you?!


Fire99

8,683 posts

115 months

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Nope! biggrin

Jimmy No Hands

2,542 posts

42 months

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My current car nobody has drove, and to be honest, I'd probably let very few people drive it. Most of my mates reckon they are the next Plato and I'd cringe too much. The OH has been driving a year and has a tendency to reverse into gates and wheelie bins and the like.


So for now I'm happy being the only one.

TOENHEEL

4,471 posts

113 months

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More than happy to let my close mates. Drove my best pals CSL for the first time on track lol! Can't see the problem unless your friends with someone who's massively ham fisted and sticks cars in hedges reguarly!

CAPP0

7,992 posts

89 months

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Big Boys' Rules generally.

However in the past I've lent cars out twice and been shafted twice.

I would only lend now to mates who I'm confident are good for the full market value - which is not very many! hehe

Ray Luxury-Yacht

8,139 posts

102 months

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CAPP0 said:
However in the past I've lent cars out twice and been shafted twice.

Go on, please do tell!


whoami

9,666 posts

126 months

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No.

MSTRBKR

5,953 posts

84 months

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I'd have to witness their driving first I think, especially in something like a TVR! I have a few friends I definitely wouldn't let behind the wheel of my car. 1) They'd crash it. 2) They put the clutch in around corners instead of changing down nono

CAPP0

7,992 posts

89 months

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Ray Luxury-Yacht said:
CAPP0 said:
However in the past I've lent cars out twice and been shafted twice.

Go on, please do tell!
Pleading the 5th, sorry!

theironduke

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6,995 posts

74 months

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MSTRBKR said:
I'd have to witness their driving first I think, especially in something like a TVR! I have a few friends I definitely wouldn't let behind the wheel of my car. 1) They'd crash it. 2) They put the clutch in around corners instead of changing down nono
There will defo be some observing first!

Oh and changing down to brush off speed doesn't end well in Chims, especially in the wet! When I bought mine and took it for a test drive the first thing the then owner told me was NOT to use engine braking as you would in something more....normal!
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