bodminman (31st May 2011)
Nissan Micras - just looking on auto trader between 1 and 1.3 litre engines
Might be worth while just to get an idea of cars / prices etc to go onto autotrader ( http://www.autotrader.co.uk )
Enter in your post code, distance ( i normally put about 60 ), then click on more options and change the options there ref min, max price, amount of doors, engine size etc and click on search to find cars in that bracket
Upto you if you specify cars older then or milage lower or higher then etc etc
Last edited by mac_shinobi; 31st May 2011 at 02:14 PM.
Micras are ten to a penny but are rock solid. Look after them and they look after you. we paid 200 quid for our first M reg and it lasted 4 years!
Last edited by Mullaney18; 31st May 2011 at 03:10 PM. Reason: changed 20 to 200
I remember when (i'm starting to sound like my old man now) small cars were going as cheap as chips! Obviously now that people are getting rid of the 2L gas guzzlers the small cars have become more valuable.
Just been looking at a cracking Volvo S60 T S 2.0L which at £700. I thought I may get this for myself until I worked out that the road tax is going to be in the region of £250 a year! Insurance is the same as my current car which is a 1.4 Suzuki Swift (2010).
Ive got the almera 1.4 and have had it a year and a half and got it through the MOT by replacing one light bulb and one tyre, obviously if things do go wrong it can add up as far as parts although I think you will find the labour will cost a lot more unless you obviously know people ie Mechanics etc
Or get the haynes ( think thats what they are called ) manuals and DIY
Lol missed a zero off that, 200, still a bargin
I always recommend peugeot 106's as good first cars - although a little old now, you can easily get a good one for £800 and they are really cheap to insure, quite nice to drive and really nippy. Also parts are pretty affordable and they're not too difficult to work on yourself.
kevbaz (1st June 2011)
106s or saxos are good, your big saving on the insurance is making sure its registered to a nice address, ie not a council estate with high crime. Limit the miles to under 5000 per year and have a large voluntary excess.
bodminman (1st June 2011)
Let us know what car you go for and how you get on with insurance etc
Maybe it's just me being biased and bitter but other half has a pug 306 and it cost her around the £1300 about 2 years back, parts don't fit right and had the wrong cat convertor fitted as had to have this replaced every year, had to pay extra to get an extra bit of piping fitted onto the exhaust to make it fit and even though its still low mileage isn't worth much now and would be lucky to get £500 for it, to give you an idea, we have literally spent £500 on it to replace brakes , give it a full over service etc etc ( list goes on )
From my point of view I would avoid french cars - I think Renault have combined with Nissan so are a french / nissan car maker ( not sure if thats good or not )
Last edited by mac_shinobi; 2nd June 2011 at 07:20 AM.
kevbaz (2nd June 2011)
Focus or Fiesta is probally the easiest choice.
Are you paying the insurance for him also ? as i imagine that will cost double what the car will !
I would hate top buy a youngster a car and they cant afford to insure it and decide to go out anyway !
im 24 and my insurance is £1500 on my little lotus lol !
I've said that I would go 50/50 on the insurance for the first year then he's on his own after that.
I've been looking at a bog standard 1.6 Vectra (2000) and the insurance quote for it is the same as a Fiesta Zetec 1.25!?!?!
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