Buying a car?

Owning a car can be a real asset to your running career, particularly if you’re a freelance production runner or an in-house runner that spends a lot of time on shoots.

If you work exclusively in-house or if you’re a post-production runner then owning a car isn’t going to be absolutely necessary, but knowing how to drive is something that you should really learn how to do. Having said that, owning and running a car is very expensive, let alone the cost of driving lessons, and on a runner’s salary it can be very hard to do either of those things.

If you don’t own a vehicle but you’re required to drive, then as I’ve already said most productions will either hire a car or get you on someone’s insurance for the shoot, so please don’t rush out buy a car just yet as it won’t necessarily guarantee you a running job and a lot really depends on your circumstances and whether you can justify having a car or not in the first place. If you find that you can manage ok without a car then it’s probably best to carry on without one in the meantime, but if it is something asked of you often and you feel it would make a huge difference to your career, then I would suggest you go about getting one if you can.

Buying a car can be a bit of a minefield, and unless you buy it brand new or your family give you their old one, then you’re probably going to be looking at buying a second hand car. Whether you source it on-line or at a dealership, you will have to make sure that it is mechanically sound and all the paperwork is in order before you part with your cash.

If you know someone who can help you out with this or you’re knowledgeable about that sort of thing anyway, then great, but if you’ve never bought a car before and there’s no one to help you avoid making a possible mistake then consider contacting either the AA (Automobile Association) or the RAC (Royal Automobile club). For a standard £5 on-line fee the RAC will do a ‘Car Data Check’ to see if the car has ever been written off by an insurer, if there is any outstanding finance on the car, or if it has ever been stolen etc.

The AA also offers two kinds of vehicle inspection. ‘Basic’ from £122 and ‘Comprehensive’ from £165, where they will come and inspect your car to essentially see if it is road worthy or not. Both offer insurance, breakdown cover and driving lessons. So check out and for more information about buying a used car, quotes and to book any driving lessons.

Bear in mind that if you do decide to get a car then you will need to consider further expenses such as insurance, tax, petrol prices, congestion charges and parking permits for where you live. 



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