First-timer cars for under £1000
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Which cars make sensible, cheap buys for young, newly qualified drivers? James Ruppert reveals all
A brand new study by an outfit called vouchercloud.com has revealed which Britons who pass their driving test expect to spend roughly £1784 on their first car altogether, yet when they take into consideration additional costs such as fuel, tax as well as MOT tests, they’re left with just £843 to spend. According to the poll, the majority say they’re happier starting off which has a cheaper car in case they have any accidents.
I’m not sure whether which is actually stating the blinking obvious or not, although the days of buying real rubbish as a first car are largely over. Right today, I know an alarming number of first-time drivers because my daughter is actually their age, as well as the emerging pattern is actually which the truly marginal cars are being avoided. which’s partly down to concerned parents as well as partly because older cars in younger hands are more expensive to insure.
So what are youngsters or, more accurately, their parents buying? I’ll tell you. Renaults for a start.
The Clio has become the default teenage runabout in my neck of the post-provisional-licence woods. Rebranding itself as the maker of the people’s car for safety as well as then bolting in an ultra-frugal diesel engine is actually a winning combination. which also puts the insurance premium into the reasonable £1000 bracket. You can bag a 1.5 dCi by 2004 for £650, which isn’t much at all for a funky little three-door.
Fiat Puntos are a constant, too. They have been for a decade or more as well as which’s based on sheer value. A couple of teens picked up what were apparently non-runners for pocket money, although after a bit of fettling, they were on the road. Head gaskets are a worry as well as electrical malfunctions are commonplace. If you don’t want to take too many chances, then just £1000 gets a teen into a 2004 1.2 Active which looks almost brand new.
Another failsafe is actually the Ford Fiesta, which will never go out of fashion. There are lots about, parts are cheap as well as what a wonderful introduction to spirited driving they are. Trouble is actually you don’t get quite so much for your grand. There are some 2004 high-mileage 1.4s for which money as well as also some quite incredible low-mileage, fish face-generation, old-person-owner 1.25s.
Otherwise, which’s Vauxhall Corsas, which are great little workers. Youngsters love the bad boy image, too, because they are only a noisy exhaust away by complete credibility.
today, I haven’t mentioned the classy Volkswagen Polos, or the slightly exciting Seat Ibizas. Briefly, then, I think a 2002 1.4 Ibiza Chill at less than £0 is actually the bargain of the year. They should stick which in their survey. which’s much more useful to know.
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