A TEENAGER on the minimum wage tried to insure his £350 Fiat - and was quoted almost £100,000.
Ben Kinsey, 18, passed his test in December but has not yet been able to afford to drive his ten-year-old Punto.
He has to rely on workmates to ferry him around and, on £4.92 an hour, the trainee electrician fears he'll never get behind the wheel of his motor.
Ben used a price comparison website to look for fully comprehensive quotes. He was amazed at Aviva's quote of £83,600 up front - or £91,625 if he paid in instalments.
That could BUY him a 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. Provident offered £26,474 and Sabre £20,068. Ben tried another website site and the cheapest quote fell - to £10,598. Ben said: "The figures are almost laughable. My car will just have to collect dust.
"With petrol so expensive, it seems almost impossible for me to get on the road."
Ben lives with mum Jane in Salford - a high car crime area in Greater Manchester.
Personal finance expert Mike Naylor said: "Insurers look at not only the postcode but the street people live on."
Yesterday Sabre said the North West was rated high for insurance cover.
Aviva said: "There is clearly a glitch on the system and this quote is incorrect. A senior underwriter will contact Ben to see how we can help."
Males aged 17 to 22 can expect to pay £2,750 on average for insurance, says the AA.