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I passed my driving test yesterday and would like to buy a car before winter gets here if possible but not too sure which car to buy. I would like a car that is economical on fuel, doesn't cost too mu…
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5m, 2w agoPosted 5 months, 2 weeks ago
I passed my driving test yesterday and would like to buy a car before winter gets here if possible but not too sure which car to buy. I would like a car that is economical on fuel, doesn't cost too much to insure and tax and is affordable to repair if it goes wrong. Basically I would like a sensible car that is suitable for daily town travel as well as motorway travel. Looking to spend about £2k, maybe £3k but preferably lower, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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#1
Ford KA is a good shout in that price band. Fairly easy to maintain chain driven engine.

Ford kept the model the same for over 10 years, which says something about it's popularity. There are loads of second hand one on the market.
#2
I assume by your username youre male? If so your age is going to make a large difference to the insurance price.

Ide probably say someting like a citroenC1/Peugeot107/ToyotaAygo as a starter car as cheap to maintain/run. Depending on your age insurance may be another matter though...
#3
Its Chris as in male yea? What did you learn in?
#4
Have you had a look at the Citroen simplydrive offer? For monthly payments over 3 years you can get a brand new car with insurance, servicing and I think road tax included. Check it out online on their website
#5
The biggest issue for you to overcome will be the insurance. I suggest you contact several of them and get their views on insurance costs for you and they may even suggest lower cost vehicles for you if you ask nicely.
#6
Well done on passing your test
#7
VW Polo , wouldn't touch a KA . they rust .
#8
Direct line is always good for service and price, I not drove for a few years so lost my no claims and I insured a fiesta st 2.0ltr for under 500
#9
Yes I am male and I'm 23 years old, I learnt in a Fiesta which I enjoyed, but not having driven any other cars I can't really compare it. I have considered the 107/C1/Aygo but I would imagine that they would be very bad for motorway driving, not sure though.
#10
jimmyandmel
Well done on passing your test
Thank you : )
banned#11
Toyotas
#12
Nothing french apart from c1 or 107 as theyre jap engines. Fiesta would be ok but not a ka complete rot boxes. Id got for polo a3 fabia or ibiza.

Whatever you buy make sure has plenty mot on it and that the timing belt has been done and reciept as proof of this
#13
Clio dci
#14
leelee187060
Toyotas


I know it sounds boring ..but Honda jazz. old people have them so low milage , shaft driven and cheapish to pick up ... also sensible
#15
123batman321
Nothing french apart from c1 or 107 as theyre jap engines. Fiesta would be ok but not a ka complete rot boxes. Id got for polo a3 fabia or ibiza.

Whatever you buy make sure has plenty mot on it and that the timing belt has been done and reciept as proof of this


​c1 and 107, also the toyota aygo, good cars cheap to insure, engines are made in the Czech Republic btw. But I had an aygo and they are one of the cheapest to insure
#16
I always had fiestas when I passed my test. They are cheap to insure, run and cheap to fix, and I have to say none of mine, I had about five never once broke down. All just needed the standard tyres, brakes etc
#17
Corsa 1.3CDTi ?

Up to *ahem* 80mpg.

£20/30 yr tax.

Not the best granted for your motorway needs, but tbh at that budget theres very little which will meet all your criteria, something has to give.
#18
A bug eyed Micra.
#19
andynicol
Corsa 1.3CDTi ?
Up to *ahem* 80mpg.
£20/30 yr tax.
Not the best granted for your motorway needs, but tbh at that budget theres very little which will meet all your criteria, something has to give.
That is also one that I'm looking at and being a diesel I would have thought it would be better than most on the motorway. I keep looking at different cars and can't decide which are best for my needs. My favourites so far are:
Vauxhall Corsa
Ford Fiesta
Toyota Yaris
Renault Clio
Skoda Fabia
Citreon C3
Suzuki Swift

I also like the Fiat 500 but that would be too small I think. Anyone had any of these cars?
#20
Fiesta is way forward then
#21
Also hyundia I range not too bad and been a passenger on a motorway and not a bad drive,
#22
kia picanto. very reliable cheap insurance all mod cons ;)
#23
We recently bought a Mitsubishi colt and have been very pleased with it, it also has a timing chain so one less thing to worry about
#24
chris75319
andynicol
Corsa 1.3CDTi ?
Up to *ahem* 80mpg.
£20/30 yr tax.
Not the best granted for your motorway needs, but tbh at that budget theres very little which will meet all your criteria, something has to give.
That is also one that I'm looking at and being a diesel I would have thought it would be better than most on the motorway. I keep looking at different cars and can't decide which are best for my needs. My favourites so far are:
Vauxhall Corsa
Ford Fiesta
Toyota Yaris
Renault Clio
Skoda Fabia
Citreon C3
Suzuki Swift
I also like the Fiat 500 but that would be too small I think. Anyone had any of these cars?
I passed my test around April and drive around a 16 year old 1.0l Corsa and learned in a 1.8 Honda Civic w/ Turbo for reference.

Realistically insurance wise you're going to top out a 1.4l before insurance gets a bit rough. Definitely look for something a bit more powerful (or a least similar to the fiesta you learned in) while its never going to be as drastic as what I dropped down from you do really notice the lack of power. Try and pick something thats fairly cheap to repair in the long run if you're planning on keeping the car for a few years too - most fords/Corsas/Clios generally fall under this as they're so common. My friend had a Peugeot for a year and i think he must have spent about £400 on it just to keep the thing from falling apart. He currently has a Citreon C3 which is has done fine for the last 10 months, little underpowered but apart from that the only issues he's had is from the lack of maintenance from the previous owner.

Honestly your list there is pretty solid, similar to the one I had when I was looking and with a 2k budget you'll easily be able to pick one of those up with decent mileage ,fairly recent and they're all pretty good for MPG. Tax is also pretty nice on those as well. If you can find a vw polo/golf that hasn't been ragged then they're good options as well - just check the insurance as they can be a bit pricier. Find a few cars you like and go have a look at them and always have a test drive (or ask the owner to drive it) and keep and ear out to make sure its mechanically sound.

Definitely aim for something with as much power as what you learned in if you can though. I really miss just the power you have when you pull out of junctions. My 1.0l feels like a snail sometimes...
#25
chris75319
andynicol
Corsa 1.3CDTi ?
Up to *ahem* 80mpg.
£20/30 yr tax.
Not the best granted for your motorway needs, but tbh at that budget theres very little which will meet all your criteria, something has to give.
That is also one that I'm looking at and being a diesel I would have thought it would be better than most on the motorway. I keep looking at different cars and can't decide which are best for my needs. My favourites so far are:
Vauxhall Corsa
Ford Fiesta
Toyota Yaris
Renault Clio
Skoda Fabia
Citreon C3
Suzuki Swift
I also like the Fiat 500 but that would be too small I think. Anyone had any of these cars?

Fiesta is generally a safe bet, Yaris is a good option as is the Skoda Fabia.

I wouldn't go with diesel unless you're going to do loads of miles, i,e more than 10k a year, They aren't always as reliable and when they go wrong they usually cost more to fix. Carbon kills egr's, catalysts, injectors, dpfs, turbo's etc.. etc.. Petrol burns much cleaner doesn't require as much force to start up either etc.

A small petrol car will likely do similar mpg to a diesel anyway, plus a small petrol will most likely to be cheaper to tax and insure than a diesel too.!.

Also if you're doing motorway driving I'd avoid anything with a 3 pot engine, i,e Aygo/C1/107 they're just too noisy.!
#26
slayermatt
chris75319
andynicol
Corsa 1.3CDTi ?
Up to *ahem* 80mpg.
£20/30 yr tax.
Not the best granted for your motorway needs, but tbh at that budget theres very little which will meet all your criteria, something has to give.
That is also one that I'm looking at and being a diesel I would have thought it would be better than most on the motorway. I keep looking at different cars and can't decide which are best for my needs. My favourites so far are:
Vauxhall Corsa
Ford Fiesta
Toyota Yaris
Renault Clio
Skoda Fabia
Citreon C3
Suzuki Swift
I also like the Fiat 500 but that would be too small I think. Anyone had any of these cars?
I passed my test around April and drive around a 16 year old 1.0l Corsa and learned in a 1.8 Honda Civic w/ Turbo for reference.
Realistically insurance wise you're going to top out a 1.4l before insurance gets a bit rough. Definitely look for something a bit more powerful (or a least similar to the fiesta you learned in) while its never going to be as drastic as what I dropped down from you do really notice the lack of power. Try and pick something thats fairly cheap to repair in the long run if you're planning on keeping the car for a few years too - most fords/Corsas/Clios generally fall under this as they're so common. My friend had a Peugeot for a year and i think he must have spent about £400 on it just to keep the thing from falling apart. He currently has a Citreon C3 which is has done fine for the last 10 months, little underpowered but apart from that the only issues he's had is from the lack of maintenance from the previous owner.
Honestly your list there is pretty solid, similar to the one I had when I was looking and with a 2k budget you'll easily be able to pick one of those up with decent mileage ,fairly recent and they're all pretty good for MPG. Tax is also pretty nice on those as well. If you can find a vw polo/golf that hasn't been ragged then they're good options as well - just check the insurance as they can be a bit pricier. Find a few cars you like and go have a look at them and always have a test drive (or ask the owner to drive it) and keep and ear out to make sure its mechanically sound.
Definitely aim for something with as much power as what you learned in if you can though. I really miss just the power you have when you pull out of junctions. My 1.0l feels like a snail sometimes...
Thanks for the detailed response, much appreciated and some very useful advice. I will avoid 1.0L cars as it would be too under-powered compared to what I learnt in, but 1.2L-!.6L should be fine I think.
#27
Have you by any chance taken Pass plus. I believe it may save you on your car insurance. See https://www.gov.uk/pass-plus/overview for further information. Also consider installing a black box which will save you even more but you will compromise on your freedom.
Good Luck.
#28
JesStain
kia picanto. very reliable cheap insurance all mod cons ;)


Kia picanto has done me wonders, my first car was the strike 2010 model and that was perfect 5dr too. I save a bit and bought a new Kia picanto around May this year for 7k the warranty on these cars are excellent, great car to drive around and a breeze to park.
#29
chris75319
slayermatt
chris75319
andynicol
Corsa 1.3CDTi ?
Up to *ahem* 80mpg.
£20/30 yr tax.
Not the best granted for your motorway needs, but tbh at that budget theres very little which will meet all your criteria, something has to give.
That is also one that I'm looking at and being a diesel I would have thought it would be better than most on the motorway. I keep looking at different cars and can't decide which are best for my needs. My favourites so far are:
Vauxhall Corsa
Ford Fiesta
Toyota Yaris
Renault Clio
Skoda Fabia
Citreon C3
Suzuki Swift
I also like the Fiat 500 but that would be too small I think. Anyone had any of these cars?
I passed my test around April and drive around a 16 year old 1.0l Corsa and learned in a 1.8 Honda Civic w/ Turbo for reference.
Realistically insurance wise you're going to top out a 1.4l before insurance gets a bit rough. Definitely look for something a bit more powerful (or a least similar to the fiesta you learned in) while its never going to be as drastic as what I dropped down from you do really notice the lack of power. Try and pick something thats fairly cheap to repair in the long run if you're planning on keeping the car for a few years too - most fords/Corsas/Clios generally fall under this as they're so common. My friend had a Peugeot for a year and i think he must have spent about £400 on it just to keep the thing from falling apart. He currently has a Citreon C3 which is has done fine for the last 10 months, little underpowered but apart from that the only issues he's had is from the lack of maintenance from the previous owner.
Honestly your list there is pretty solid, similar to the one I had when I was looking and with a 2k budget you'll easily be able to pick one of those up with decent mileage ,fairly recent and they're all pretty good for MPG. Tax is also pretty nice on those as well. If you can find a vw polo/golf that hasn't been ragged then they're good options as well - just check the insurance as they can be a bit pricier. Find a few cars you like and go have a look at them and always have a test drive (or ask the owner to drive it) and keep and ear out to make sure its mechanically sound.
Definitely aim for something with as much power as what you learned in if you can though. I really miss just the power you have when you pull out of junctions. My 1.0l feels like a snail sometimes...
Thanks for the detailed response, much appreciated and some very useful advice. I will avoid 1.0L cars as it would be too under-powered compared to what I learnt in, but 1.2L-!.6L should be fine I think.
I've gotta start doing runs to Uni down the A14 soon so I can always let you know how it fairs X) Higher is better I feel in the ball park you're aiming for but don't pay through the nose for insurance just for a small increase in it.
sydney871
Have you by any chance taken Pass plus. I believe it may save you on your car insurance. See https://www.gov.uk/pass-plus/overview for further information. Also consider installing a black box which will save you even more but you will compromise on your freedom.
Good Luck.
Pass Plus is defo worth it if you don't mind doing it. Knocks a couple hundred off when I was looking through my own quotes although after the first year saving dwindle.

Personally I found black boxes were useless on anything about 2k miles a year and cost more than non black box insurers. I'm assuming OP is going to be doing a fair bit of mileage if they're doing motorway travel. Definitely get an additional driver on your insurance if you can though. Knocked mine down by around £600 having someone on mine as a secondary driver.
#30
congratulations.
#31
Get a few insurance quotes before you do anything £2k for the first year wouldn't be out of the norm.
Realistically with that budget just get anything with an mot that you can afford to insure, after the first year (and probable dings) look for something better.
#32
Don't bother with Pass plus.
What type of license do you have - Auto or manual ?
Buy a cheap car around the £1k mark, preferrably a Ford focus or Nissan Micra. You need to biuld up your NCD years.
Put one of your parents as the primary driver and you as the additional driver ( do make sure they drive it sometimes ). Search for cars on Autotrader or your local used car showrooms. Search for insurance at midnighta nd gor for 3rd party fire and theft
#33
zworld
Don't bother with Pass plus.
What type of license do you have - Auto or manual ?
Buy a cheap car around the £1k mark, preferrably a Ford focus or Nissan Micra. You need to biuld up your NCD years.
Put one of your parents as the primary driver and you as the additional driver ( do make sure they drive it sometimes ). Search for cars on Autotrader or your local used car showrooms. Search for insurance at midnighta nd gor for 3rd party fire and theft

cant put parents as thats not allowed! most places wont earn him NCD doing that anyway.

most times fully comp is cheaper than 3rd part f&t.....

op as for power, what do you need power for? if its only local driving 1L will be fine. 1 litre will be cheaper to insure than a 1.6 for example
#34
Don't put anyone else as the main driver, this is fronting and is illegal. You can add your parents as named drivers to help bring the cost down though if they will drive the car occasionally.
My second car was a 1.2 Fabia, I loved it, so much so I'm now on my third Fabia only this one is an estate. You can find a decent Fabia well within your budget.
#35
Ozzie
VW Polo , wouldn't touch a KA . they rust .
Totally disagree, All 3 of my kids has ford ka's and nice cheap good runabouts and the only rust was a small around the rear wiper and one had a small amount around the petrol cap it nothing major. You need a chain driven one so think this was 03 onwards.
VW's are very expensive for what they are and think there is better options out there , if you are looking for something a bit better look at C1, Aygo or 107 this is what my two daughters have moved on to and they are more economical and a lot cheaper on the tax than a ford KA.
Just get the car checked over by someone before you buy it and enjoy your new found freedom.
#36
Chris, do you want to drive while you are still young or wait till you are 40 ? Cos, you ain't getting cheap insurance without making one of your parents ( I am assuming you live with them )the primary driver. Just let them drive the car every now and then. It's not necessary that they have been actively driving since they got their license.
And, when taking insurance, obviously if you say you will use it for shopping trips, don't drive during the morning rush hour as if you get involved in an accident then, your Insurance company will refuse to pay.

It's total BS that an additional driver cannot rake up a NCD. When I first started driving, I was the additional driver and still ended up with a few years of NCD. My first 3rd party Fire & theft insurance was £850 p.a. In my second year, I paid £540 p.a.

Engine size is not really upto you. I always wanted a 1.2l engine car and ended up with a 1.6l! You want something in life, you end up getting something else!

Edited By: zworld on Sep 07, 2016 08:42
#37
zworld
Chris, do you want to drive while you are still young or wait till you are 40 ? Cos, you ain't getting cheap insurance without making one of your parents ( I am assuming you live with them )the primary driver. Just let them drive the car every now and then. It's not necessary that they have been actively driving since they got their license.
And, when taking insurance, obviously if you say you will use it for shopping trips, don't drive during the morning rush hour as if you get involved in an accident then, your Insurance company will refuse to pay.
It's total BS that an additional driver cannot rake up a NCD. When I first started driving, I was the additional driver and still ended up with a few years of NCD. My first 3rd party Fire & theft insurance was £850 p.a. In my second year, I paid £540 p.a.
Engine size is not really upto you. I always wanted a 1.2l engine car and ended up with a 1.6l! You want something in life, you end up getting something else!

It's the policy holder that earns the no claims bonus, If I added my mum to my insurance for example she couldn't claim she had a year no claims next year.

Of course they'd pay out if you were driving during rush hour unless the policy strictly states otherwise.

Comparisons websites often ask "Do you regularly drive during peak hours", Well I drive at various times and tick no, That doesn't mean I can't drive at peak times.

Also how would insurance know if your named drivers actually driven the car? .
#38
zworld
Chris, do you want to drive while you are still young or wait till you are 40 ? Cos, you ain't getting cheap insurance without making one of your parents ( I am assuming you live with them )the primary driver. Just let them drive the car every now and then. It's not necessary that they have been actively driving since they got their license.
And, when taking insurance, obviously if you say you will use it for shopping trips, don't drive during the morning rush hour as if you get involved in an accident then, your Insurance company will refuse to pay.
It's total BS that an additional driver cannot rake up a NCD. When I first started driving, I was the additional driver and still ended up with a few years of NCD. My first 3rd party Fire & theft insurance was £850 p.a. In my second year, I paid £540 p.a.
Engine size is not really upto you. I always wanted a 1.2l engine car and ended up with a 1.6l! You want something in life, you end up getting something else!


op you will do well not to listen to this tard
#39
Mine! It's a fantastic car BMW 328i se although it's 1997/8 it's only done 75000 miles and in excellent condition :)
#40
Picanto

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