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    what first car to get?

    I am now 25 and travel a lot for work so i now need a car. I have a budget of no more than £2500. I would travel about 350 miles per week (most of it would be motorway driving) so i would need some that is reliable and cheap to maintain.

    What would you recommend to get?

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    What size do you want?

    Petrol golf?

    Does your budget include insurance ? That could be £1.5 K .

    Original Poster

    that budget doesnt include insurance....i was told to have max engine size of 1.6L as it is my first car
    i am not sure whether to get diesel or petrol
    i saw a fiat grand punto 2.5k, 43k mileage, 59 plate, 1.4l petrol...good set of extras... has anyone had a fiat grand punto before? how reliable and cheap is it to maintain?


    Edited by: "vis_7" 29th Sep 2016

    Fiat used to have a bad reputation - Fix it again tomorrow, I am not sure about newer ones.

    For your mileage and need for lower maintenance costs, I would probably recommend petrol.

    Cheapest to insure, lowest mileage, youngest age, best service history, newest tires, bake discs etc
    If your mates don't drive I would also get the smallest to discourage them from using you as a taxi service :-)

    Also don't get diesel as they will be coming under pressure for there environmental damage soon so you may find road tax going up.

    Volkswagen polo 1.4 petrol can't go wrong

    Suggest a ford or Vauxhall a lot of maintenance can be done yourself by a quick google or by halfords replacement service by that I mean £15 to have a headlight bulb changed as didn't want to do myself where as my husbands Renault Megan was £90 as as had to have a part near the bumper removed... Good luck

    You'll get a decent Skoda Fabia 1.2 petrol for that price which won't bankrupt you on insurance.

    In my experience, diesels get better mpg on longer drives.

    Pretty terrible advice your getting so far. The mileage and type of driving your doing would suggest diesel but being a first driver insurance might be high with bigger engine

    Avoid anything french dont touch the fiat theyre awful. Your budget seriously limits your options but petrol fabia or polo is a good shout mk6 fiesta would be good solid car but not the diesel one theyre shoddy

    Whatever you end up buying get as long mot as you can with good service history and check if the cam drive is belt or chain if its belt make sure its been done with proof as if the belt snaps the cars done

    123batman321

    Pretty terrible advice your getting so far. The mileage and type of … Pretty terrible advice your getting so far. The mileage and type of driving your doing would suggest diesel but being a first driver insurance might be high with bigger engineAvoid anything french dont touch the fiat theyre awful. Your budget seriously limits your options but petrol fabia or polo is a good shout mk6 fiesta would be good solid car but not the diesel one theyre shoddyWhatever you end up buying get as long mot as you can with good service history and check if the cam drive is belt or chain if its belt make sure its been done with proof as if the belt snaps the cars done



    Totally agree, Probably best a small petrol then think about diesel when you've got a couple of years no claims.

    Your going to struggle. That's just shy of 20k a year which is going to push up your maintenance costs, insurance and really limit what you'll be able to get for £2.5k that will last more then a couple of years.
    Have you factored into the running costs of doing that sort of mileage?
    Your looking at £1500k+ in fuel, full service or two, probably a full set of tyres and other bits and pieces.
    Thats not including the rip off first years insurance, especially with the high mileage.

    Insurance wise- elephant used to/ maybe still do fast track no claims. Ten months no claims becomes one year. Helps to build it up, and reduce cost for future. Not sure if others do it?

    An older VW Polo 1.4Tdi - excellent on fuel, cheap to insure and maintain and as there are quite a few specialists out there means a main dealer visit isn't required.

    You can also get a 1.9 non turbo diesel Polo, get an insurance quote you might be surprised, they are not as powerful as the 1.4 so quite cheap to insure.

    PulisOut

    Also don't get diesel as they will be coming under pressure for there … Also don't get diesel as they will be coming under pressure for there environmental damage soon so you may find road tax going up.



    ​Can you provide a link to this info please?

    Hyundai don't offer 7 year warranty for nothing!! And Dacia motors voted best small car again. Push ur price as much as u can newer cars are better on fuel now polo will be expensive imho .. oh and stick with petrol the divide between now with mpg and price / litre don't cut it. Now ur 25 the boy racer is on the way out lol

    Original Poster

    hi all, is a 1.2L enough to drive on the motorway?
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