My First Car
Sports journalist Mark Lawrenson remembers his first car, a Toyota Corolla.
What was your first car?
A Toyota Corolla 1.2
Why did you buy it?
It seemed well priced - and apparently reliable!
Was it new or second-hand?
Did you know how to drive when you bought it, or did you learn to drive in it?
I had already passed my test.
What did you know about cars when you bought it?
The same as I know now - absolutely nothing!!!
What advice did you get when you were looking for a car?
Don't trust the salesman and haggle like hell.
What did you pay for it?
What impact did running a car have on your pocket?
It very quickly started to empty my pockets.
Was it hard to get insurance?
18 years of age - young footballer - the answer is yes, definitely.
How reliable was it?
Extremely - it was good value.
How did it change your life?
My parents ceased to be a taxi firm and I was free!
What was the longest trip you ever took in the car?
Lytham St Annes to Brighton return - 540 miles.
Your best memory of the car?
Better ask my girlfriend at the time!
. . . and your worst memory?
I reversed it into a lamppost - it was never the same.
How long did you keep your first car?
Why did you get rid of it?
I got a sponsored car - a TR7.
Did you sell it on for a better deal?
No - does anybody apart from garages?