I didnt try the manual version to be honest, it'll be worth a try - I suppose it still should be cheap it's not like you see boy racers in Volvo's............. Might have a look at a quote for the old 240 2.3 Litre lolol
PS - the 'S' Plated and below versions of the S40 are really expensive on insurance (for me anyway) but the newer models and the saloon model was way cheaper I think it was a 'V' and an '02' Plate I tried.
Peugeot 106s do well - both my sons had one. Or a Renault Clio. they are not boy racer cars and so the insurance is correspondingly lower.
The cheapest insurance we found was Elephant - my son put every one he could think of on it and it came right down. It is the coop who do the tracker thing look at driving skills and insure accordingly
bodminman (30th May 2011)
My recommendation would be to get his details and look at each car for yourself as it really doesn't matter what any of us think as we will all be different, it only matters what the insurance company thinks.
I think we could say that a Ford Ka is probably fairly low insurance wherever you are, dont you think?
The ford Ka is an awesome little car, I had an insurance quote (Last year before it went up) of 800 quid, fully comp and that my friends is a good quote for me, and I wreckon if our lass had gotten a license even a provisional with her down as named driver it could have come down a bit, and I also hadnt selected Pass plus which takes off %30 of the cost of insurance
Also take note people - I have noticed that on my Insurance quotes that fully comp is cheaper, going 3rd party, fire & theft always seems be about 400 quid dearer on any quote.
As an example we used to live about 5 miles away from where I am now and before moving car insurance was cheaper and because it was the last 2 months the insurance for both of us jumped up for those 2 months and we now pay slightly more on car insurance due to the area which Im gutted about because its not like me or the missus have expensive cars in anyway shape or form
I've got a 1999 Nissan Almera 1.4 and the better half has a pug 306 petrol 1997 1.6, Obviously the 1.6 falls in the larger engine category so tax is more.
So not like I have got finance on a brand new car or have a sports car with anything larger then a 2 litre engine with a load of emissions
It's definately worth looking for something less popular. When I was younger the Corsa's were cheap to insure, because Fiesta's had previously been very popular with younger drivers. Obviously now because the Corsa was cheap to insure, it became popular with young drivers so the price went up.
When I was 19 I got a 2.0 litre Hyunday Coupe which is about a group 11 in insurance I think, this was almost half the price to insure compared with the 1.3 hyundai accent I had previously! I think its just a case of keep running quotes on various cars until you find one that not many young people have crashed yet! Avoid anything with the word turbo in it - even a small diesel turbo engine seems to double the insurace price!
mk2 golf or polo 1 or 1.2 ltr, cheap as chips to run parts are very cheap
get something over 15 years old and put it on a classic limited mileage policy with someone like HIC
My first was a Suzuki Swift - an old one, but never had any problems with maintenance or running and it was relatively cheap to insure (right up until someone rear-ended the car and shrank it by six inches, but I can hardly blame the insurers or Suzuki for that).
Nice and efficient too, which is getting more important. Small engine size makes them cheap to insure and run.
I'd recommend a small engined KA or Fiesta. I've owned both (currently fiesta) and have only been driving for 2 years. The insurance on the KA is much lower being only insurance group 1, and the fiesta group 9. Still, the insurance isn't bad at around 800 quid. Parts are very cheap and easy to get hold of.
If you're still looking at the end of June, I'll be selling my Fiesta for around the guide price in the OP.
EDIT: Its a MK4 fiesta.
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When we were looking for first cars for our sons, we didn't go for standard small, starter cars, we looked at something a bit more substanstial. No 1 had a megane scenic, no 2 an astra. Both cars had double air bags and enough oomp to pull away from a junction safely!
How about a 1.6 Zetec Focus, around 2002 reg? Cheap as chips now, parts common as house bricks and the car's solid and still looks good
I reckon you might just be able to get one for £800 but it'll be a high-miler so some element of risk there I guess
Edit: it'll be a MK1 for that money, not much difference between the original and facelift tbh so wouldn't worry about that side of things
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