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Hi I'm thinking of buying my first car but wanted to know which is better to buy a used car or a brand new car personal lease deal. Read More
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4m, 3w agoPosted 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi I'm thinking of buying my first car but wanted to know which is better to buy a used car or a brand new car personal lease deal.
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4m, 3w agoPosted 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
First car you just need a cheap insurance runabout
#2
I'd go for used. Just because you've passed your test, you're not necessarily a competent driver yet. Get something small and insignificant, one you don't mind getting dinged here and there.
#3
you're already nervous enough as it is in the first few weeks/months of driving, imagine that with a brand new white car?
#4
There is a reason the insurance is so expensive the first year or two; I dont know anyone who didnt prang their car in the first year, even if it was only a moderate scrape.

I remember I nearly put mine through a bridge railing, skidding on diesel, crossed the concrete divider, and buckled a wheel; and my son - showing off, wrapped his lovely car around the back of a low loader and wrote it off.
#5
I'd never buy a new car as a first car or get myself in debt over a car, not saying you are but lots of my friends did for there first cars and regretted it.
My first car was a total banger lol. I've slowly worked my way up over the years and now have cars I never dreamed of having.
Hopefully you won't have any bumps but if you do you'll feel better knowing its not a brand new car.
When you do buy a second hand car make sure its been looked after and cared for (full service history is a must).
Insurance as well, do plenty quotes and add somebody to your policy.
#6
Just get a 1.0l punto like all of us did X)
#7
Look for used c1/ 107/aygo/micra/yaris /i10 etc max 1.0 engine in 1500 range
U will get ur money back after a year and invest in decent car
Insurance will be cheaper 2nd year
#8
If you can get a new car which includes free insurance it may be worth it as the monthly payment could be the same as just the insurance payment on an old banger. But you should also consider that you'll almost certainly bump/scratch/knock it if it's your first car so you'll have to worry about taking extra car if it. An old car you don't have to worry about so much. I had an old Fiesta which I used like a bumper car and didn't have to worry about as I knew I would scrap it when I'd finished with it. My second car, after a year of driving experience, I bought new with free insurance (Citroen C2 VTR).
#9
Get a cheap 2nd hand 1.0 litre to drive around for the first year or two. Build up your confidence/skill and at the same time your No Claims Discount before going for something brand new.
#10
yes get a used one nothing too expensive. were not doubting your driving but most accidents happen when your a new driver and nowadays there's the other idiots to contend with.
#11
Pick a car you like go into the makes local garage ask if they have any demonstrators it won't be new but it won't be old and usually comes with the remainder of warranty for piece of mind
#12
wozukSilencer
Just get a 1.0l punto like all of us did X)


X)

I loved my little Punto.

Amazing first car.
#13
Check out garages that are part of the Motabilty Scheme; you often find there are selling off px'ed older cars with low mileage and full service history.

That car my son wrecked was a 10 y/o 1.3L Skoda Felicia with FSSH, one owner from new and only 50K on the clock. It looked and drove like new. In fact, it had been serviced by Skoda a week before the guy px'ed it. Because people still sneer at the older Skodas, the dealership was selling it for £350.

So,

0-60 ~ 10 seconds (light-weight car means even a 68BHP engine goes well)
40-50mpg
airbags and seat belt pretensioners
FSSH
new Skoda service and 4 brand new tyres
Spare and tools never been used (had Skoda Roadside Assist)
The only seat and door that had been used were the drivers.
Spares are so cheap it is a joke, a new wing is about £25 if you look around.
#14
Being your first car
, I would definitely get something old and used. You're likely to get a few bumps and scratches here and there and it will cost a lot to fix on a new car.
#15
Gentle_Giant
There is a reason the insurance is so expensive the first year or two; I dont know anyone who didnt prang their car in the first year, even if it was only a moderate scrape.
I remember I nearly put mine through a bridge railing, skidding on diesel, crossed the concrete divider, and buckled a wheel; and my son - showing off, wrapped his lovely car around the back of a low loader and wrote it off.

I've been driving for nearly 9 years and have never had any accidents or any scrapes or anything that could damage mine or anybody elses property. ;)
#16
MonkeyMan90
Gentle_Giant
There is a reason the insurance is so expensive the first year or two; I dont know anyone who didnt prang their car in the first year, even if it was only a moderate scrape.
I remember I nearly put mine through a bridge railing, skidding on diesel, crossed the concrete divider, and buckled a wheel; and my son - showing off, wrapped his lovely car around the back of a low loader and wrote it off.
I've been driving for nearly 9 years and have never had any accidents or any scrapes or anything that could damage mine or anybody elses property. ;)

So, there are exceptions to everything, statistics show that over 50% of new drivers make a claim in the first two years; the most dangerous time for a new driver is a few months AFTER they get out on the road on their own; they tend to get over confident, and that is when the accidents/near -misses occur.
#17
Gentle_Giant
MonkeyMan90
Gentle_Giant
There is a reason the insurance is so expensive the first year or two; I dont know anyone who didnt prang their car in the first year, even if it was only a moderate scrape.
I remember I nearly put mine through a bridge railing, skidding on diesel, crossed the concrete divider, and buckled a wheel; and my son - showing off, wrapped his lovely car around the back of a low loader and wrote it off.
I've been driving for nearly 9 years and have never had any accidents or any scrapes or anything that could damage mine or anybody elses property. ;)
So, there are exceptions to everything, statistics show that over 50% of new drivers make a claim in the first two years; the most dangerous time for a new driver is a few months AFTER they get out on the road on their own; they tend to get over confident, and that is when the accidents/near -misses occur.

I understand that but your statement was as if to say everybody will have a bump of some kind
#18
MonkeyMan90
Gentle_Giant
MonkeyMan90
Gentle_Giant
There is a reason the insurance is so expensive the first year or two; I dont know anyone who didnt prang their car in the first year, even if it was only a moderate scrape.
I remember I nearly put mine through a bridge railing, skidding on diesel, crossed the concrete divider, and buckled a wheel; and my son - showing off, wrapped his lovely car around the back of a low loader and wrote it off.
I've been driving for nearly 9 years and have never had any accidents or any scrapes or anything that could damage mine or anybody elses property. ;)
So, there are exceptions to everything, statistics show that over 50% of new drivers make a claim in the first two years; the most dangerous time for a new driver is a few months AFTER they get out on the road on their own; they tend to get over confident, and that is when the accidents/near -misses occur.
I understand that but your statement was as if to say everybody will have a bump of some kind

No, I said that I dont know anyone who didnt have a bump of some kind; you may not believe this, but I dont know everyone in the country, or even the town where I live. Most were minor car park bumps or wall scrapes, but a few were more serious (and a few were hilarious).
#19
i would personally purchase a used car first as you are bound to get some scratches accidently

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