EZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2463 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4133 times:
Shop around for the insurance, i found churchhill are very cheap, the new corsas are very nippy indeed, my mate has one only a 1.2 but shit, it certainly moves, might be worth, getting one of your parents to be the policy holder and have you as the named driver, get some experience on the roads then next year with a years experience, get your own policy, it should go down
Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4093 times:
Quoting 1aMLA (Reply 9): I see a lot of adverts in the UK with a free one years insurance, so that would be a good deal, Go for a car with low fuel consumption as well fuel prices arent looking too good either.
couldn't agree more. as a young, new driver, your insurance costs will be horrendous - possibly as much as 1000 GBP, depending on where you live, even for something basic.
If you can ger something like a Fiesta it should be cheap to run, cheap to service/repair and easy to drive, plus enough room for you and some mates.
As much a sit ewould be nice to look for something different or flash, save that for the next car when your insurance will have hopefully gone down a bit, and you may have some more money from working, etc to pay the bills.
Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
or perhaps Aygo's clones? Peugeot 107 & Citroen C1
If you want a reliable car Toyota Yaris is a one to consider - great 1.0 engine, the suspension is a bit too soft I'd say, but otherwise excellent car. The new model is coming soon so you might be able to get some sweet deal on the present one.
Punto's craftmanship and reliability are just pathetic. The 206 looks great... especially if driven by a female, but that's about the only positive thing one can say about it.
Airboeing From France, joined Apr 2005, 223 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3987 times:
My Renault Twingo reaches 200 000 kms, so one can say it is reliable...
Anyway, the choice of a car depends of the utilisation. Toulouse is a town where we see more twingos than any other car because of the small streets in downtown, but it is maybe not a problem where you live....
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40261 posts, RR: 74
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3956 times:
Pick up an older Volkswagen Diesel (Dasher or Rabbit). They get up to 50 miles per gallon and they last forever. They are the only European compacts I'd ever consider.
Best of all, they can be converted to a Bio-diesel and can run on used fish & chips grease.
It's free for now.
FLVILLA From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 394 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3952 times:
Have you thought about getting your insurance on your parents policy ?
Mines on my parents and financially it works out a lot more beneficial this way, I know people can then spout that you won't be building up any no claims bonus but I'd rather be saving 500 odd pounds (sorry I don't have a GBP sign on my laptop) when I'm 18 , stay on your parents for around 5 or 6 years and then only be paying 200 odd pounds at most more than someone who had there own insurance when I'm 24. I could totally wrong so please do tell if you can crunch the numbers any better, but looking at it like that above it appears better financially for me. Only works of course if your parents trust you enough lol.
Regarding the choice of cars, well there are so many choices in this market it'll be fun making one. If you can, try and get 2nd hand of a current model that's sold for new or the series that has just been replaced. I say as new as possible simply for safety reasons, there have been some great advances in car safety, but simply because the cost of doing so, mainly on insurance it makes this choice less desirable and thus we see so many students driving rust buckets. I'm sure though you could sway your parents into investing a little bit in a newer car, at the end of the day I'm sure they would rather have you alive than a couple grand in there pockets.
I hope in life i can work to live, not live to work