One for the Road: A first car for a learner
Sunday 09 February 2014
Alex Newham is a 17-year-old learner and looking for an interesting first car. He is currently learning in a Fiesta.
A car for the head
Perhaps the most important thing is insurance. Being 17 is great, but insurance companies hate youngsters like Alex. There is no such thing as an interesting car because it must be cheap and cheerful to insure. This is always brings us back to pretty much the same cars. The default first car has always been the Ford Ka, which is slow, has a driver's airbag and is very cheap to run. They can be rusty, but any garage can service and look after them. A 2007 Studio model which is group 2 insurance is £3,000.
A car for the heart
The Peugeot 107 (pictured above), which is group 1 insurance, is a great, modern little car that is funky outside and in. It has a good level of safety kit and good crash-test rating, as well as the driver and passenger airbags that come as standard and a simple stability control. A 2007 1.0 Urban with 39,000 miles will go for £3,000; most seem to be with private sellers.
Looking to buy?
Email James Ruppert at firstname.lastname@example.org, giving your age, address and phone number, details of the type of vehicle in which you are interested, and your budget
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