First Time Car?

Hey guys and girls!
Well im 18 and im looking at buying a motor to pass my test in be a little run around for a bit until i have enough experience to buy something more serious.
Basically want it to look as nice as it sounds and be okay to run and insure (taking my age into account)
Andy advice on a very good first car?
Whatever you can find thats cheap enough, and you can afford the insurance on. I quite like big old cars, Sierras, Granadas, stuff like that. but you cant afford the insurance on them
Yeah i would need something less powerful and smaller :)
i tried to get a quote on a range rover sport = FAIL :p
- Zak


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Old shape Mini.

They are cheap, bags of fun, extremely stylish and if you really must start modifying it, they can be made to go a lot quicker with off the shelf parts.
I had a Mini for a while when I was about 20. they really are a bucket of fun! As it was virtually worthless, but legal, I used to use "act only" insurance, just covered the bare minimum required by law, and was incredibly cheap-£30/year. Dont think you can still get that though
Old peugeot 106 would be ideal. My mrs had a 1.5 diesel when she was learning and for a few months after. That should fit the bill for what your after.
A mate used to have an old school mini. TPO insurance, never locked it , I don't think he ever took the keys out of the ignition. He ran the sucker for years and just walked away from it when he had had enough.

Not a bad starter for ten if you can handle the maintenance on it.
Even though I can't stand them..

Get a Fiesta. Cheap to run and insure and there are Ford garages everywhere so getting parts shouldn't be a problem.

I had a Punto as my first car. Ragged the shite out of it and did a serious amount of miles in it for the 3 years I had it (I bought it new). It didn't fail on me once and only went to the Fiat garage to get serviced which is just as well as Fiat customer service is non-existent.

It's just a shame my current car is in the garage more often than not and is a supposed high quality car (that wasn't cheap...) :roll:
Fiesta's are supposed to be the cheapest to insure. My first car (c. 2004) was a 1990 Skoda Favorit: It managed to replicate the experience of driving a tractor, but with none of the charm or fun. It was all over brown, both outside and inside. Pedestrians all over North Yorkshire learned to listen out for the telltale lawnmower engine and to step aside as the brown monstrosity shuddered past; piloted by a nervous and distracted teenager and leaving a cloud of oily smoke in its wake.

So the moral of the story is: Buy a piece of shit for your first car, and you'll have something to reminisce about when you own that Range Rover Sport.

I still miss it.
Another trick with Ford's esp with your age.

Ignore (you will have to for the moment), the 'badged' Zetec or S models, try and get a Ghia instead, Its normally the same car near enough, just with a bit of plastic wood on the dash, but doesn’t attract the same insurance premium :)
Rover 111

Good looking cheap parts and DIRT cheap insurance.

The thinking man's mini!

It also may be easy to fit a 160bhp 1.8 VVC engine.... so I've heard. :twisted:
When I passed my driving test at leconfield I always remember going home on the train n ma dad was waiting there with my car with insurance the lot i was ******* buzzing best feeling ever... It was a baby metalic blue peugeot 306 I loved that car until I rit it of the next day lmao!!! Im not even joking I rit the car of within 30 hours gutted... I repaired it and all that then sold it on and bought a 1.8 escort gti but i wouldnt recommend buying because of the insurance it was 1800 quid a yr the 1.4 306 was 900 quid on ma dads policy... Obviously the twat took me of it though wen i crashed it werent my fault though so its all good :)... Get 1 ltr rover metro cool cars good times....
My son is 19 and as not long had his first car.

Fiat punto,9 years old.One lady owner so really immaculate.

Insurance,£1,700 and that was cheap,some wanted stupid money.

Its now a chav wagon,thanks to mummy's credit card :roll:
My first car was a sky blue 1992 Ford Escort 1.3, and it was revolting and cost practically a million pounds to insure [well £2000ish to be more accurate]. My shame alone was clearly not enough payment.

You'll probably find you'll have the same problem, it was covered quite well in a recent Top Gear;

"That's fifteen times the value of the car... I understand that but no, no, no.. what you're saying is that I am going to write this car off fifteen times a year."

Obviously, they're covering any potential damage to another road users more expensive, and less shameful vehicle, but its still a massive pain.

I'd go small, but at the same time avoid anything which reguarly appears in "Revs" sporting a chavvy bodykit if you can, clearly that isn't easy but if you shop around you'll notice that Corsas, saxos and the like are crazy expensive for what they really are when it comes to insurance.. try and put Mr. Churchill in the frame of mind that you aren't going to pretend you know better than some of the world's largest car manufacturers, ruin your car with bits from halford's, then run it into some guys Merc while do-nutting in a carpark.

Good luck, its a nightmare.

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