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WANTED, FIRST CAR

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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months agoFeedback:0 Positive/0 Neutral/0 Negative
My daughter is taking her driving test soon and I am actively looking for her first car.
It must be cheap and have a small engine due to to insurance costs. I don't mind a do-er upper but please nothing that needs any welding or costs more than its worth as she is going to be paying for ongoing future costs after i have bought it for her.
If you think you have what I'm looking for please email me asap.
I will look at anything from £50 needing work , up to £500. why?
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months agoFeedback:0 Positive/0 Neutral/0 Negative
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banned#1
Why is there a why? after the £500
#2
i would look around for old renault meganes, cheap to insure ( the 1.6 is a group 4), cheap to run and cheap for parts.
£500 may well get you a s reg one in decent nick.

autotrader.co.uk will give you an idea
#3
tr2k8
Why is there a why? after the £500



it means what have you? I think lol
#4
Why? is something like What have you? Or What Have you got?

Does the OP have auctions nearby?
#5
Maybe a good idea to inform people of what part of the country your in, I know of several people/cars but you gonna spend 50 quid in petrol getting here then another 100 quid geting home with your new and existing vehicle/s!
banned#6
brum
i would look around for old renault meganes, cheap to insure ( the 1.6 is a group 4), cheap to run and cheap for parts.
£500 may well get you a s reg one in decent nick.

autotrader.co.uk will give you an idea


I used to have one of these and the parts are a rip-off. The most unreliable car I have ever owned! There's also a design fault where the drive belt can snap, flicking up into the cam belt...hey presto....1 knackered engine!!! Nice little £800 present for me that day


I would say something like an old fiesta ot fiat (Punto/Uno) cheap to run and pretty reliable.

Or a citroen BX....old as hell but the best car I ever had......ridiculously cheap for parts and a nice plastic bonnet....can't beat it!
#7
http://incontiguousbrick.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/wwwonlinerws35cq5.jpg

low on petrol, cheaper insurance ...
#9
I would recommend an old VW Golf. Very simple machine, easy to work on, sound german engineering, cheap parts are available online. I am sure you could get an old one for £500 in good working order.

My opinion, everyone will have their own favorites when it comes to car makers
#10
volkswagon polo would be great, cheap to run cheapminsurance 1000cc this is what my daughter bought to learn in and we still have the car because it was such a nice little car, we now cant bear to part with it although we all have cars
#11
octobergirl
volkswagon polo would be great, cheap to run cheapminsurance 1000cc this is what my daughter bought to learn in and we still have the car because it was such a nice little car, we now cant bear to part with it although we all have cars


That's two votes for an old Volkswagon then :thumbsup:
#12
#13
i have a fiat punto available 1.3 engine so insurance etc will be cheap enough however i am looking for £1,300 if you can stretch to that?
banned#14
Best to have a look at what car is in insurance group 1 & 2 and then get a quote. You'll be surprised how much even this will be if, as I assume, your daughter is under 21. Don't even think about insuring the car in your name and put her as an insured driver as she will never build up a NCB and also the insurance could be invalid if the insurer can prove she wasn't just an 'occasional driver'.
#15
Whatever "older" car you get, make sure you get a HPI check on it.

Recently, my Mrs was looking to downgrade her Focus to a little runaround, just to get her to work & back - we went to see 5 cars, 4 of them had either finance owing, a CAT C or CAT D - one guy even denied it to my face, he wasnt having it !!
#16
I have been brought up in the motortrade (my dad had a garage specialising in secondhand cheap cars) and When you look at buying cars around these prices, reliability is a massive factor to consider as you never know what mechanical failure could be lurking round the corner. I would recommend going for a Japanese branded car, they have excellent reliability compared with European cars.

Perhaps a Nissan Micra (low insurance) is the best bet as you can pick them up very cheap and will still remain reliable. I have had one and can vouch for it.

Otherwise, with higher insurance but an excellent car would be a early model Honda civic
banned#17
THe best bet for a first car, Would be to get a catd/catc/damaged repaired or whatever.
As for most people their first car is going to be cheaper than their first years insurance.
I had a damaged repairable as my first car, and it was great, had it for 2 years, only just sold it, fab car.
banned#18
jizzm;1950774
THe best bet for a first car, Would be to get a catd/catc/damaged repaired or whatever.
As for most people their first car is going to be cheaper than their first years insurance.
I had a damaged repairable as my first car, and it was great, had it for 2 years, only just sold it, fab car.

But I thought catd/catc/damaged were known to insurers and so you had to pay extra insurance?
#19
blue1878
i have a fiat punto available 1.3 engine so insurance etc will be cheap enough however i am looking for £1,300 if you can stretch to that?


is this rpice too high for you?
banned#20
csiman
But I thought catd/catc/damaged were known to insurers and so you had to pay extra insurance?


not that im aware of.
Or had to.

EDIT: why would you have to pay extra insurance?
Should you have to pay less if anything? Going on the means of the car has been damaged once.. less value?
#21
What area are you in, i have a Fiesta in Birmingham, however, it does require a small bit of welding
#22
whats the fiesta? incase the OP isnt interested
#23
It's an M reg 1.1 5 door Fiesta. 65,000 miles i think

Needs a little work doing on one sill and one rear arch

Looking for £100 to get rid of it
#24
mk3 or 4, mot, and any idea how much work would cost?
#25
No Tax or MOT, think it is Mk3, a square one.

Absolutely no idea of cost, mechanically seems fine, as i say just a bit of rust on the sill that will need doing for the mot, may be able to to do the arch yourself with a bit of filler and stuff :p

At a complete and utter guess, i will say up to £50 at a garage maybe

Not really a big job, if you have a friend who can weld or have good relations with a local mechanic

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