#1
I've just started my driving lessons and my instructor said i am making good progress, so im thinking of buying a car to get as much practice in as possible. But i have NO idea where to start.

Im a 17 year-old male so i know insurance is gonna be a pain in the ass. I need to know what kind of size engine im gonna be looking at to keep insurance/car price down. I was thinking of a VW Golf 1.2 as i like the look of that car. Am i gonna have to go on confused.com or something to see what i will be looking at cost-wise?

All advice is appreciated.
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#4
Make sure it's a 4-door, liability insurance will be cheaper because you're also liable for the passengers and 4 doors means that paramedics can get to them faster and thus reducing the risk of death in the event of an accident.
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#6
Golfs from around the 1995 sort of age are among the most reliable cars around, cause this is before VW started sacrificing quality control for cost-cutting
Of course, i'm biased, because i have a 1995 Golf, that i bought for £400 (80,000 miiles on the clock) but thats cause i helped an old lady move stuff out of her house, then offered that much for her car
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#7
i can't be bothered to drive. too expensive to run now. and i have no idea about cars, sorry.
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#8
ford fiesta? 200 model 1.25 lire engine and cheap insurance
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#9
Expect around £1500 fully comp at the cheapest
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#10
I'd get a Polo over a Golf with that engine size, it will barely crawl anywhere and the insurance group for the Polo is lower.
That said, my first car is a monster. :
#12
I've got a saxo 1.1 litre, bit chavvy, but it's light and runs well. Insurance group 1 I think.
My friends have VW Foxes and Polos, and Peugeot 306's, so have a look into those.
If you can find a Peugeot 306 1.1 litre, they're cheap and brilliant cars. Plenty of room.
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#13
4 doors
not a racer reputation car ( such as gay ugly civic )
something reliable
and used car ofc , not over 3k
#14
I just bought a 1.8 civic. The car didn't cost too much, but insurance is a PAIN.

Love the car, though. Great on gas

#15
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Can't beat a Rover 25!

Only if you're lucky enough to find a Honda engined one. Otherwise don't even try.

A Pug 306 1.1 ... You won't be going anywhere fast. I can tell you that little.
IIRC they didn't make that many of them either, thankfully.
#17
I just got a quick quote for a 3 door car I was considering buying. On just third party, fire and theft cover...cheapest was £1600/year. Considering the car is only worth about £250-300, I really don't understand this.

Jesus christ.

EDIT: Yes, I'm male 17-25
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I just got a quick quote for a 3 door car I was considering buying. On just third party, fire and theft cover...cheapest was £1600/year. Considering the car is only worth about £250-300, I really don't understand this.

Jesus christ.

EDIT: Yes, I'm male 17-25

All the idiots in our age bracket that decide to drive like lunatics bump our premiums up, so don't expect a miracle...I'm waiting until im 19 to get my fully comp premium on a Volkswagon Polo down to £1100 (first year, then 25% no claims after 1 year I think)...and my parents are paying up to £1000 for the car...

Try DirectLine for a quote, they are the cheapest I've found for young drivers.

edit: Also consider taking Pass Plus if you can find an insurer that takes it, most accept it if you've got it within 12 months of passing your test
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All the idiots in our age bracket that decide to drive like lunatics bump our premiums up, so don't expect a miracle...I'm waiting until im 19 to get my fully comp premium on a Volkswagon Polo down to £1100 (first year, then 25% no claims after 1 year I think)...and my parents are paying up to £1000 for the car...

Try DirectLine for a quote, they are the cheapest I've found for young drivers.

edit: Also consider taking Pass Plus if you can find an insurer that takes it, most accept it if you've got it within 12 months of passing your test



Ahh, thanks for that. I'll check it out. I don't have my full driving licence yet, but I expect to pretty soon (Within a couple of months, passed my theory already). Maybe I can get my parents to lend me some money, and pass plus might help, though I've heard a lot of insurers don't take it into account at all?
#20
My dad was saying that VW's have a low resale rate so that might be a good way to go.
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Ahh, thanks for that. I'll check it out. I don't have my full driving licence yet, but I expect to pretty soon (Within a couple of months, passed my theory already). Maybe I can get my parents to lend me some money, and pass plus might help, though I've heard a lot of insurers don't take it into account at all?

Unfortunately that's true, but if you find one that does it may help out just enough, if you consider doing it find an insurer that takes it first and work out what their discount would do for you.

For some reason, you can get insured on your provisional for less than a full licence, probably because you have to be accompanied by an adult when you drive...I can't remember who exactly it was, but on provisional I got around £800 third party fire & theft on a 1.0L Nissan Micra...I'll try remember who it was...
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#23
My first car was a Corsa. then i wrote it off within a month. Steering column snapped. I had a year outta my next car, a Nissan Micra. Reliable as hell! 1litre engine. cost you about £4-500 for a decent one. Check out quinn direct for insurance. really good