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Car for first timer driver wanted

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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
Am looking for a small 5dr car. Like the size of a Vauxhall Corsa, looking to spend £800. Have looked in eBay and have found some Ford Fiesta's but have been out bidded. Also looked in Auto Trader wedsite and most cars I see there that are suitable is always sold before I get to it!

Can anyone suggest where else I can look?

Thinking of getting a TomTom ONE Great Britain GPS as a first time driver as well :p think its any good?
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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
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#1
where are you situated?
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I would check the insurance costs first. For a first time driver this will be excessive and the choice of car could make an enormous difference. Buy one with a very low insurance class. The car buying guides should tell you the insurance class eg Parkers or you could look on [url]www.whatcar.com[/url]
#3
nissan mirca are cheap to insure so are Daewoo Matiz have a look in your local paper you can get some right bargins in there.
#4
I am situated in West London.
Going to look at a car tonight. Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 LS Hatchback. That is in a low insurance group right?

Is there a company that I can contact to come help me check the car out before buying? Or is it not worth the cost as they are selling for 650.

Been looking at Nissan Mirca's but havent seen one in my price region. Will check out local paper! thanks! :)
#5
before you look at the car get a quote. use [url]www.confused.com[/url]
#6
ok thanks
#7
remember to use quidco before getting insurance
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banned#8
Check here for great car info

http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/home/index.htm
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Indigo Unbrella
I am situated in West London.
Going to look at a car tonight. Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 LS Hatchback. That is in a low insurance group right?

Is there a company that I can contact to come help me check the car out before buying? Or is it not worth the cost as they are selling for 650.

Been looking at Nissan Mirca's but havent seen one in my price region. Will check out local paper! thanks! :)


I think the RAC and AA used to do inspections but these are pricey. A cheaper alternative might be to take the car for an MOT which is under £50. Kwik fit do MOTs for £45 some local garages might do it cheaper...
#10
or take someone who knows about cars
#11
I was lucky with my 1st car, it was for sale on my mums works website, had FSH, just been MOT'd and taxed.

We didnt have a clue what we were looking at me and my mum, she didnt even look under the bonnet or check for a spare.

Guess we took it out for a drive and followed our instincts and a year later, even being 12 it flew pretty much through its MOT and hasnt really let me down that bad.

Just bought my 2nd car, due to making a friend at the local garage, and got my new car from a car auction.
Mega bargain, try and make a mechanic friend if you can, as when i rang the AA and RAC i was quoted £160 (AA) and £206 (RAC) for them to come have a look - its not worth it when your paying so little in reality for a car. not being rude there, as my 1st car, i only paid £450 as i couldnt afford anymore.

If you can go to the local auction, make the trip, theres so pretty decent cars go through for peanuts, my new car being one of them.....
Most at my auction also had MOTs on them - and also, my new car, like most was a part exchange from carcraft.
#12
If buying privately,try and purchase from a person of senior years(me trying to be pc!)

They tend to have their vehicles serviced regularly and don't drive around like boy racers!
#13
muckypup
If buying privately,try and purchase from a person of senior years(me trying to be pc!)

They tend to have their vehicles serviced regularly and don't drive around like boy racers!


I would have loved to have bought my car from an older driver.

On inspection of my new cars service history i found out it has had only 1 previous 50ish year old woman :D Low mileage and the lot on a V (late 99) plate :D
#14
Thanks for all the advice. That honestjohn website was really helpful too! :) It put me off getting the Corsa I was tempted to buy, as I am itching to get my own car I would have brought it without thinking.

Just have to be patient.
#15
Only one bit of advice: bring with you someone who knows about cars and will check it over for you. If you were in East London I know the perfect person for you.

Good luck.
banned#16
Not always the best idea to buy from old overly cautious people, as if they don't drive the car through the rev range then crap will build up in the cylinders...
#17
the cheapest insurer for young people that i know of for third party is quinn direct, i know it doesn't help you with the car tho
#18
I wouldn't recommend buying from an Auction as these are full of traders and normally selling trade ins and swapping for other vehicles, You can get bitten quite badly if you don't know what your doing, sounds like the other person who bought from one doesn't really have a clue and just got really lucky..

Look in your local papers and word of mouth usually turns up little bargains hiding right under your nose..

Just sold a renault clio 1.4 rn for £200 to a first time buyer, she was well happy...:) and only lived round the corner to me, she only found out I was selling due to talking to a friend in the local shopping centre..So put the word out your looking for a cheap car to everyone you know, and I'm sure something will pop up...

Happy looking...:thumbsup:
#19
Fiestas are group 5 for the 1.25 zetec whereas a corsa is about group 2
#20
one thing u shud know about buyin an old car

esp if its a first car

buy japanese

its a widely known fact jap cars do tend to be alot more reliable than euro based

2ndly go diesal if u can
#21
i'd avoid auctions too and to the matter that i'd avoid ebay too
#22
my first car was a old mirca, i had it 3 years and never had a problem with it. its cheap 2 tax and insure, when i 1st had it i paid £750 but i learnt 2 drive in mine, after i passed my test it cost bout £300
#23
I am not a young driver and just passed my test so my insurance isnt as high as the younger ones. I checked it out when my boss said that he wants to sell his Golf Mk3 Diesel to me for £800. I was expecting it to be high but its not too bad. Still no word that I would get it but fingers crossed. I think its a good deal.

Yep am stearing clear of auctions and eBay now, its so temping though just want to have my own car. Think its worth doing a PASS PLUS course?
#24
crazylegs
I wouldn't recommend buying from an Auction as these are full of traders and normally selling trade ins and swapping for other vehicles, You can get bitten quite badly if you don't know what your doing, sounds like the other person who bought from one doesn't really have a clue and just got really lucky..



I didnt get "really lucky" and i did have a clue - i took my mechanic friend (whos been a mechanic (MOT'ing and doing the repair work) for years)

Its really cheeky you said i didnt have a clue, i had every clue, and i havent been bitten at all.

Whats with all the negativity on HUKD at the moment, everyone has to have a rude opinion.
I bought from auction as if you go enough (i went approx 6 times before i actually bought my car) eventually you will find a little gem.

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