Hope you enjoyed meeting Charles Ware and his Morris Minor Centre in the magazine column this week (Autocar, 18 March, p80). Ware would prefer that we all think of car ownership in decades, rather than the short-term approach that the modern car industry lives by.

Now, I know you may not fancy a Moggy, but there are plenty of other classics out there which are every bit as interesting and easy to look after. Provided you are not fighting a rear guard action against rust, older cars are a pleasure to own. Mostly because the bits that go wrong you can usually sort out with a spanner and a screwdriver rather than a laptop.

Parts can also be pretty reasonable price-wise. Classic insurance is a pittance, and pre-1973 models are zero-rated for road tax. On top of these upsides there is also the sheer pleasure of driving something characterful. So, as spring hits us and all the classics come out of hibernation, go and snap one up.