Found 23rd Sep 2016
After saying I couldn't do it for years I have finally started my lessons! I would like to buy a car shortly so I can hopefully find somebody to sit with me in between my lessons. Obviously I've never been car shopping before so recommendations please on a manual, starter car not too expensive and hopefully low on insurance. I am 30. Thank you.

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Peugeot 107,Citreon C1 or Toyota Aygo. Same car made in the same factory but a great starter car and cheap to insure.

Definitely look for something cheap. At least that way if you have an accident, it would just be a few hundred £ out of pocket car wise.
I passed 6 years ago and got a 16 year old 1.0L petrol VW Polo. Was around £300. Great wee starter car.

What's your budget?

hutchir9

Peugeot 107,Citreon C1 or Toyota Aygo. Same car made in the same factory … Peugeot 107,Citreon C1 or Toyota Aygo. Same car made in the same factory but a great starter car and cheap to insure.



^^^^^ THIS!

Excellent starter car, all made by Toyota. Cheap to buy and run, decent reliability and perfect size for new drivers. Wouldnt like to drive one on the motorway too often but in the city or country fors just fine.

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Robj1

What's your budget?


Um I don't really have one but everything I buy in my life is on offer or a bargain so would like something cheap!

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louisebarker

Um I don't really have one but everything I buy in my life is on offer or … Um I don't really have one but everything I buy in my life is on offer or a bargain so would like something cheap!



Well within reason, not something that is cheap because it's falling apart! Thanks for all comments so far.
Edited by: "louisebarker" 23rd Sep 2016

Don't stick to very small cars at the begining. It'll be harder to jump to something bigger later. And you gonna want something bigger.

Hey in in the trade so hopefully be of help c1 aygo 107 is a good shout wudnt normally reccomend french but its they are made by toyota so its ok

What will your mileage be. If its low miles short journeys you want petrol if your doing higher miles get diesel

Vw polo is a good wee car along with golf a3 ibiza leon. Avoid renault at all costs. Honda jazz or civic are fairly good too

Whatever you look at do research go for something with at least 9 month mot and check when timin belt is due as this is costly. Some cars have timing chain which usually wont need changed unless its rattling

yaris or jazz.

Jazz are surprisingly good, but you need to be 60+ to own one

Toyota yaris ... or ford fiesta ... & petrol .. don't buy anything diesel !!

Robj1

Jazz are surprisingly good, but you need to be 60+ to own one



Ahem..... I'm 48 you cheeky beggar!! I've have had my Jazz from new for a shade over ten years. 134k miles down the road without any major mechanical problems and it still runs pretty well, although it's been using a bit of oil over the last 10k miles or so. Been very happy with it. Surprisingly versatile, spacious and really economical.

my hubby is a mechanic and for a smaller cheap car he always says go for a ford fiesta, around 2004 reg not the new new shape. if looked after, these cars are mechanically very good and are also really nice to drive. My dad has just bought one as a second car for my mum and picked a 55 plate low mileage, good condition for £500

petrol may I add, never diesel!

scrumpypaul

Ahem..... I'm 48 you cheeky beggar!! I've have had my Jazz from new for a … Ahem..... I'm 48 you cheeky beggar!! I've have had my Jazz from new for a shade over ten years. 134k miles down the road without any major mechanical problems and it still runs pretty well, although it's been using a bit of oil over the last 10k miles or so. Been very happy with it. Surprisingly versatile, spacious and really economical.



​I often borrow my mother in laws when I need to carry big loads that won't fit in my 3 Series Estate. Very versatile indeed.

Often an idea to go with something similar to the car your instructor has as you're used to it . That is assuming it isn't a bugatti veyron .

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123batman321

Hey in in the trade so hopefully be of help c1 aygo 107 is a good shout … Hey in in the trade so hopefully be of help c1 aygo 107 is a good shout wudnt normally reccomend french but its they are made by toyota so its okWhat will your mileage be. If its low miles short journeys you want petrol if your doing higher miles get dieselVw polo is a good wee car along with golf a3 ibiza leon. Avoid renault at all costs. Honda jazz or civic are fairly good tooWhatever you look at do research go for something with at least 9 month mot and check when timin belt is due as this is costly. Some cars have timing chain which usually wont need changed unless its rattling


Thank you. Ooh dear I'm learning in a Renault!

louisebarker

Thank you. Ooh dear I'm learning in a Renault!



​Someone else's Renault isn't a bad car, you just wouldn't want to own one, especially out of warranty!

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Gillybean177

petrol may I add, never diesel!


Sorry to be so naïve and dumb but why are People saying not a diesel?

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Robj1

​Someone else's Renault isn't a bad car, you just wouldn't want to own o … ​Someone else's Renault isn't a bad car, you just wouldn't want to own one, especially out of warranty!


That's okay then! x

louisebarker

Thank you. Ooh dear I'm learning in a Renault!



Nothing wrong with learning in one, Just not good to own, Cheap electrics are the biggest problems with them along with shoddy build quality and poor quality plastics.!.

only go for 1.0 or smaller ur first year
go for yaris 05/08 models or Micra same years within 1000/1500 make sure u get all service history and it correlates to mot history
ask a friend to drive n test it.
these cars will be cheap to insure first year
after a year u can sell them in couple of days for not more than couple of hundred loss

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iibdii

only go for 1.0 or smaller ur first year go for yaris 05/08 models or … only go for 1.0 or smaller ur first year go for yaris 05/08 models or Micra same years within 1000/1500 make sure u get all service history and it correlates to mot historyask a friend to drive n test it. these cars will be cheap to insure first year after a year u can sell them in couple of days for not more than couple of hundred loss


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