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For the Chippy biz I'll be needing a car for stock, there are quite a few people down on their luck selling cars and quite a number of them are automatic cars.

My question is this how long did it take for you to get used to the auto gearbox?

I've had a few test drives and it just feels really weird having to stand on the brake most of the time and there's nowt to do with your left hand.

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For the Chippy biz I'll be needing a car for stock, there are quite a few people down on their luck selling cars and quite a number of them are automatic cars.

My question is this how long did it take for you to get used to the auto gearbox?

I've had a few test drives and it just feels really weird having to stand on the brake most of the time and there's nowt to do with your left hand.

Avoid. Expensive to run and fix.

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TBH, about zero seconds to get used to an autobox.

Get a van or get a suitable tow car and a trailer. Trying to use a car as a van will just be a pain and will wreck it.

Get something like a Vauxhall Corsa Combo van 1.3CDTI. Loads of space, won't go wrong and uses so little fuel you'll hardly notice.

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For the Chippy biz I'll be needing a car for stock, there are quite a few people down on their luck selling cars and quite a number of them are automatic cars.

My question is this how long did it take for you to get used to the auto gearbox?

I've had a few test drives and it just feels really weird having to stand on the brake most of the time and there's nowt to do with your left hand.

No 1 tip - pretend you have no left leg, otherwise, at a moment of loss of attention or a near-miss, you may press the brake like a clutch pedal and nearly headbutt the screen, as well as run the chance of a rear end shunt.

Put it in Park at traffic lights etc. if you're fed up sitting on the footbrake. You can use the gear selector to go through the gears if you want rather than just D, gives your left hand something to do.

I quite like them but only ever owned one. They have improved immensely over the years but will always use more fuel than a manual.

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I agree with a couple of posters.

I have both auto and manual cars - use them both very regularly - I prefer the manual, but it takes a nano second to adjust to auto.

However, big difference between the two is that if the manual has a transmission problem it's an unwanted expense, if the auto has a transmission issue its a toss up if its better to drive it straight in to the canal. I have had it repaired and it inevitably takes a long time, lots of money and can't be done by non-specialist places.

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I agree with a couple of posters.

I have both auto and manual cars - use them both very regularly - I prefer the manual, but it takes a nano second to adjust to auto.

However, big difference between the two is that if the manual has a transmission problem it's an unwanted expense, if the auto has a transmission issue its a toss up if its better to drive it straight in to the canal. I have had it repaired and it inevitably takes a long time, lots of money and can't be done by non-specialist places.

nah man I could drive the auto car it just didn't feel right from a life time of driving manual cars and bikes it felt as if I had less control or something and it definately wasn't as smooth as I can manage it with a manual car. Granted the miles I've done on an auto are <50 while in manual cars and vans + bikes I've probably done 450000 miles.

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TBH, about zero seconds to get used to an autobox.

Get a van or get a suitable tow car and a trailer. Trying to use a car as a van will just be a pain and will wreck it.

Get something like a Vauxhall Corsa Combo van 1.3CDTI. Loads of space, won't go wrong and uses so little fuel you'll hardly notice.

Can you lock the family in the back/is there a soundproof bulkhead?

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nah man I could drive the auto car it just didn't feel right from a life time of driving manual cars and bikes it felt as if I had less control or something and it definately wasn't as smooth as I can manage it with a manual car. Granted the miles I've done on an auto are <50 while in manual cars and vans + bikes I've probably done 450000 miles.

Had the new Discovery as a company motor for a while a few years back, it was an auto, also a big Audi auto.

Not keen to be honest. I would get quite confused, quite easily and they made me feel a bit queasy.

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nah man I could drive the auto car it just didn't feel right from a life time of driving manual cars and bikes it felt as if I had less control or something and it definately wasn't as smooth as I can manage it with a manual car. Granted the miles I've done on an auto are <50 while in manual cars and vans + bikes I've probably done 450000 miles.

Same here, I spend more time on a bike than anything else and never had an auto before this - it took a while at first (few days) to stop trying to use my left foot, but now switching between the two takes no thinking.

To be fair it is a fairly.. erm ... decent auto, if that makes any difference.

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The first time I drove an auto it was round the South Circular in the rush hour. Took about ten minutes to get used to it. I always drive autos now. When I buy one I put £800 in a savings account ready for when the gearbox goes wrong. I do run cars to high milages. My old Scorpio had one new box in 142,000 miles. The Granada I had before that had a new box at 90,000 miles and was working fine when I sold it at 130,000. I like autos but they are not without their downside. For your purposes surely a cheap van would be a better bet than an automatic car..

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Can you lock the family in the back/is there a soundproof bulkhead?

They have to adopt a special sitting on each other's knees on the passenger seat configuration.

Special training can be sought from romantic free spirit gypsies/travellers/pikeys*(delete according to which newspaper you read).

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The first time I drove an auto it was round the South Circular in the rush hour. Took about ten minutes to get used to it. I always drive autos now. When I buy one I put £800 in a savings account ready for when the gearbox goes wrong. I do run cars to high milages. My old Scorpio had one new box in 142,000 miles. The Granada I had before that had a new box at 90,000 miles and was working fine when I sold it at 130,000. I like autos but they are not without their downside. For your purposes surely a cheap van would be a better bet than an automatic car..

A van is not a poon pulling machine.

While say an A3 can be loaded with 250 kilos of stuff easy no problems and still be used as a day show off car.

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A van is not a poon pulling machine.

While say an A3 can be loaded with 250 kilos of stuff easy no problems and still be used as a day show off car.

I'm going slap you.

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A van is not a poon pulling machine.

While say an A3 can be loaded with 250 kilos of stuff easy no problems and still be used as a day show off car.

It is a customer pulling machine as it can be sign-written and looks like you're running a decent serious chip shop rather than a money-laundering front for drug-dealing.

You can't get anywhere near as much in the back of even a Range Rover as a really quite small van.

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It is a customer pulling machine as it can be sign-written and looks like you're running a decent serious chip shop rather than a money-laundering front for drug-dealing.

You can't get anywhere near as much in the back of even a Range Rover as a really quite small van.

Yes you can!

Yes a GSXR600 into a renault clio!

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BTW small note on this the chippy still isn't finalised, they keep kicking it into the long grass (was supposed to have started now but haven't)

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For the Chippy biz I'll be needing a car for stock, there are quite a few people down on their luck selling cars and quite a number of them are automatic cars.

My question is this how long did it take for you to get used to the auto gearbox?

I've had a few test drives and it just feels really weird having to stand on the brake most of the time and there's nowt to do with your left hand.

Mostly, I have had big Jags and they only come in auto and they were lovely. Smooth as an eel.

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Mostly, I have had big Jags and they only come in auto and they were lovely. Smooth as an eel.

Actually that reminds me maybe I can make my own diesel fuel out of the used oil

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auto is the way to go. If you Can't drive an auto after 5 mins then you shouldn't be on the road. Modern autos are bulletproof and silky smooth. Manuals are only good for sports cars.

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auto is the way to go. If you Can't drive an auto after 5 mins then you shouldn't be on the road. Modern autos are bulletproof and silky smooth. Manuals are only good for sports cars.

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auto is the way to go. If you Can't drive an auto after 5 mins then you shouldn't be on the road. Modern autos are bulletproof and silky smooth. Manuals are only good for sports cars.

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Yes you can!

Yes a GSXR600 into a renault clio!

Perhaps it's just me but, I tend to view loading that involves using a spanner to remove the passenger seat as a bit of a faff.

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I've always had manual cars but on the occasions when I've driven automatics it's struck me how much more relaxing they are to drive. Operating the clutch and gears might be second nature to most of us but when you suddenly don't have to do it, you do notice the difference. My current car has a 6-speed gearbox - so maybe I'll go for an auto next time!

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Perhaps it's just me but, I tend to view loading that involves using a spanner to remove the passenger seat as a bit of a faff.

Almost all the cars I've had, have always had the seats bar the drivers seat removed anyway I got sick of giving people lifts everywhere.

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