(Original post by axhdn)
Any car at this age is a stepping stone. Id avoid spending under £1000. I'm on my fourth car, (I'm 22), but my fourth, a 51 plate ford focus has been a faultless runner so far (over a year). It costs me £1750 with 50,000 miles on the clock, and air conditioning and alloys, amongst other extras.
Dont forget that its almost guaranteed that you'll damage your car in some way. I know lots of people with 06-09 plate cars who have damaged them and significantly reduced their value.
If you want to spend that much, be prepared for it to be a poor investment and ultimately for you to lose a substantial amount of the money you paid for it.
I got my car three years ago it was 1250 with 50,000 on the clock. And is a W Reg. I think that was quite good value. I want a new car now, but what I can afford realistically considering insurance etc is only up to 03-04 plate so I might as well wait another year until I finish uni and hopefully have a job, then I can hopefully get around an 07 car!
My sister wants an 08 car :/ She will be absolutely gutted if she damages such a new car! She says she won't but even I have hit a curb and dented my wheel :P Although it doesn't really matter but if I had an 08 car I'd cry!
I paid £1200 for a ford ka. Was a good little car and would have kept going for ages however being new at driving, it had quite a few dents and scratches. I'd go for something cheap and continue to save for now, then in a year or so when you're a lot more experienced (and insurance will have gone down) buy something a bit nicer.
I spent £4750 on a 2006 reg new model clio. I think sometimes it can be worth spending that bit more, as it should cost less in maintenance as things should be less likely to go wrong.
Saying that, i spend £150 a year on tax, £60 on mot, and about £200 a year on services. I'd seriously consider getting a car with a low tax banding!
My insurance for the first year was probably about £550, however only 2 years on its down to £260, fully comp!