Ok, so I'm 19 and I haven't really needed to learn to drive as I work 10 mins walk away and I go to college on the bus once a week. But now I sorta feel as though I should to get it out of the way and it may become useful in my job as we are expanding etc. etc. I do know how to drive (I went on a pre-licence course a few years ago), just can't do it legally :L
So my main question is - Is it cheaper/ best to:
a) Buy a car, insure it and learn using that (with some 'proper' instructor lessons, some from my Dad (who is a very good driver as his job depends on it))
b) Just get a driving instructor and learn in his car.
If you're going to be buying a car, the second one is cheaper. Just make sure that you find a good instructor and don't settle down with a bad one. There is a lot of pretty poor instructors out there who will not be pressuring you to do your test very soon and will just milk your moneys. Also, you won't pick up your dad's bad habits.
I would agree with Electronica, buying a car and then getting learners insurance is pretty expensive, and then when you pass your insurance becomes void so then you have to buy proper insurance and that's crazy expensive.
So its best to learn solely with an instructor, average you'll spend including test fees (if they haven't gone up from what I paid [£74]) then your looking at around £1000-1500.
Considering you dont really need your own car at the moment i'd go for the second option, especially since you only need to refresh your skills and might only need a handful of lessons. Buying a car, insuring it and filling it is likely to be the more expensive option. And although your dad is a good driver, you'll probaby find he's still got bad habits! My dad currenty drives HGVs and did some advanced driving courses when he was in the police a few years ago but he still has bad habits and doesnt do things as they teach you to do!!
Anyway good luck, its worth doing now, I only passed last week (at 25) because like you i didnt really need to drive until now.
Last edited by Bubble87; 07-05-2012 at 18:54.
Reason: Typos - dodgy L key!