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posted 1 decade 6 years ago
Hi, just started my driving lessons and need to start saving up for a car and insurance. Not sure what car to get, want a Micra or corsa. Is there anything anyone can recommend that isn't too expensive, want to spend £1500-2000 max and is good for insurance too.

Thanks Very happy

posted 1 decade 6 years ago
hi why dont you have a look on ebay..there is some really nice cars on BF always looks


posted 1 decade 6 years ago
micra's - now dont get me if im a bit off on the technicallities but here goes.

I was looking at them for my first car. now it would seem that even the smaller engined ones have 16 valves(?) which automatically puts them up a group or two for insurance.

also fiestas tend to be a group higher than their equivalent, i dont kno if its cuz they are heavier, or if its because of their reputation for being a 'lads' car.

£2000 is a reasonoable amount to have to spend. My car is a peugot 306 estate end of 1999. it cost me £1700. I have found it very reliable. the only thing with peugots is that the parts when you do need them are a bit more expensive.

Cant really be much more help. I have to say if i had free choice would definately go for a ford or a vw.

posted 1 decade 6 years ago
Corsas are quite reliable. Depends what style you're going for, a Peugeot 106, Matiz(tiny engine really cheap to insure),Rover 214 cheap with some companies but others don't like insuring Rovers as the parts are harder to get hold of now, Renault Clio, mark 2 Astra. Your best bet is to look on Auto Trader, they have a section for cars £1500 or less. Generally speaking the smaller the engine size the cheaper the insurance and if you're under 25 then avoid sports versions of cars as they will cost more to insure. Plus the place you store your car over night makes a difference (ie- is it on a street, drive, car park or garaged). If you can get yourself a car with an alarm or immobiliser that will reduce the insurance but if you're getting a cheap run around to start with there's little need for such security devices. Sorry I could waffle for hours, cars are my forte' (or obsession should I say)

posted 1 decade 6 years ago
Thanks, I live in a flat and they have parking out the back so nothing great!!Waffle on as much as you like Very happy good to have advice. Gonna try and get a corsa I think, my driving instructor said they are a good car, better than fiestas. I did want a peugeot but they can be fairly pricey. Would like a mini but not allowed Sad Face lol

posted 1 decade 6 years ago
To forewarn you insurance is ridiculous for new drivers, so I would stick to a low engine size to begin with, as it lowers the group. My husband goes on a website which tells you which group insurance certain cars are in, the higher the number, the higher your insurance. I will have to ask him what it is and I'll post the link.

When my husband first learned to drive we had a little renault 5, which we were given, and it was a 1.1. We could only afford to insure it 3rd party fire and theft and it cost £800! a yr!

posted 1 decade 6 years ago
Hi Ya
I have a Fiat panda and its cheap to run.
i did pass plus after i passed my test and my insurance came down but a fair amount.
my first care was a fiat cinquento sporting with a 1.1 fuel injection engine that was £500 on insurance fully comp.

Hope this helps.

posted 1 decade 6 years ago
I've had a look at Fiat Punto and they are cheap, got a nice T reg on Ebay for £595, gonna try and get a car thats in the year 99, don't want anything older. Not bidding on this car as I not got the money, shame really!!

posted 1 decade 6 years ago
I know that in respect to the cost of the car this may seem pricey, but if you are buying a second hand car I would recommend getting something like an AA check done on the car (unless you know a friendly mechanic) otherwise you may end up buying a car that will cost you more to put right than to buy. Always look for, or insist on a brand new 11 or 12 month MOT with the car to make sure the car is road safe. Make sure you get all the paperwork from the previous owner and that the details seem correct.

I tend to be over cautious but have never run into any trouble, so it obviously pays off.

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