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    (Original post by A Mysterious Lord)
    Hmm, is it socially acceptable for a guy to drive a Ford Ka or Nissan Micra (pre-2002)?
    I drive a Nissan Micra K11c (2002). Damn fine car for your first, and rather roomy too.

    I actually think the original Micra's before the uplift (i.e k11) actually look better than the K11c I have.

    Pre-uplift:
    http://www.hayes0.co.uk/mike/images/micra/Mike%204r.jpg

    After uplift:
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_KtOEsggF1t...+Micra+K11.jpg

    The grill looks better on the older one in my opinion
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    (Original post by ruby321)
    £15,000 was the cheapest?! Whaaaat. Ok be glad you don't live there! HA! And I find it hard to believe that it was women that were running you over, you sure you don't need your eyes checked

    I know apparently I have a bad area? Also its the car! Other cars I can get insured for £1200, but I already bought this one so not much I can do...
    Yeah, my parents address was £15,000. Most likely due to being the highest crime rate area in England. Nah, when someone is trying to kill me with a big metal piece of equipment, I make sure I am using my eyes properly to dodge

    What car do you have? I don't know where I will get the £1200.00 for the insurance let alone buy a good car that's why my car is like £220. Small Nissan Micra 1 ltr, I don't mind about the image
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    Whenever you buy a new car always make sure that you have an insurance of that car. Then always check your eyes before you drive on the road.Take the help of driving instructor and then move your car.
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    (Original post by Jiraya Sama)
    Yeah, my parents address was £15,000. Most likely due to being the highest crime rate area in England. Nah, when someone is trying to kill me with a big metal piece of equipment, I make sure I am using my eyes properly to dodge

    What car do you have? I don't know where I will get the £1200.00 for the insurance let alone buy a good car that's why my car is like £220. Small Nissan Micra 1 ltr, I don't mind about the image
    Snap! I have the newer model though. I was so close to buying the older one but they were the same price except for insurance obviously... Haha I don't think about the image either, its a car I need it to get from A to B! See I bought a good car instead of a crap one because I'd like to sell it in the future. I could get most of my money back on it as the milage is really low when I bought it! (well I hope I can.) But I suppose if you spend only £220 and it lasts you a few years you wouldn't mind if it goes to scrappage lol (you may even get more from scrappage) I guess I'm just paranoid that cheap or high milage cars will brake down on me the first week

    I've been thinking about it for few days and now really considering it selling it and getting one with cheaper insurance. Insurance is such a waste, it all goes down the drain I guess I'll just have to think of it as if its "rent money" as I didn't live out last year.
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    (Original post by ruby321)
    Snap! I have the newer model though. I was so close to buying the older one but they were the same price except for insurance obviously... Haha I don't think about the image either, its a car I need it to get from A to B! See I bought a good car instead of a crap one because I'd like to sell it in the future. I could get most of my money back on it as the milage is really low when I bought it! (well I hope I can.) But I suppose if you spend only £220 and it lasts you a few years you wouldn't mind if it goes to scrappage lol (you may even get more from scrappage) I guess I'm just paranoid that cheap or high milage cars will brake down on me the first week

    I've been thinking about it for few days and now really considering it selling it and getting one with cheaper insurance. Insurance is such a waste, it all goes down the drain I guess I'll just have to think of it as if its "rent money" as I didn't live out last year.
    That's why I would always prefer to pay cheaper insurance. Insurance is insurance, just money which is going to be wasted. I know people say just in case but I am a careful/will be driving carefully.

    Rethinking of buying the £220 car thought, apparently a "MOT" will not be done prior to being sold to me so decided not to buy it. Might spend the "insurance + car money" on the new Iphone 5
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    I had an 04 Megane 1.5 dCi sport hatch. What a pile of crap. I now have a 56 Peugeot 307 Estate 1.6 HDi 110. Soooo much better, but not an ideal first car.
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    any suggestions? no idea what to get. budget ~£2,500
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    Erm, there's a lot to choose from.

    I'd start by having a look round some garages, pick out the cars you like to look of (maybe even test drive a few).

    Before you shell out any money come back here and let us know what you're keen on. We should then be able to give some pointers and maybe make some more suggestions.

    Also make sure you get some insurance quotes, insurance can be an odd beast and often similar cars have very different insurance costs.
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    (Original post by Jiraya Sama)
    That's why I would always prefer to pay cheaper insurance. Insurance is insurance, just money which is going to be wasted. I know people say just in case but I am a careful/will be driving carefully.

    Rethinking of buying the £220 car thought, apparently a "MOT" will not be done prior to being sold to me so decided not to buy it. Might spend the "insurance + car money" on the new Iphone 5
    Haha I want both a car and an iphone 5!! lol. I'm not very good at being a student, will be broke before I even start the year But if I can't afford it I'm choosing car! Yeah an MOT is quite important, buy one with at least 6 months, you never know. Same, I'm careful too, the things you could have otherwise done with that money
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    (Original post by ruby321)
    Snap! I have the newer model though. I was so close to buying the older one but they were the same price except for insurance obviously... Haha I don't think about the image either, its a car I need it to get from A to B! See I bought a good car instead of a crap one because I'd like to sell it in the future. I could get most of my money back on it as the milage is really low when I bought it! (well I hope I can.) But I suppose if you spend only £220 and it lasts you a few years you wouldn't mind if it goes to scrappage lol (you may even get more from scrappage) I guess I'm just paranoid that cheap or high milage cars will brake down on me the first week

    I've been thinking about it for few days and now really considering it selling it and getting one with cheaper insurance. Insurance is such a waste, it all goes down the drain I guess I'll just have to think of it as if its "rent money" as I didn't live out last year.
    The newer Micra's apparently are harder to mantain than the older ones, and an expensive part can go on them.

    My Micra K11 has done 13,500 miles now in its 9 year life, and its MOT is due this Thursday, so I'm hoping it passes.

    If it doesn't, it will be due to the dent I have at the back where the spare tyre is from a crash my mum actually caused. If that needs fixing, it's going to cost around £500 to put right, then have to put on that, the servicing costs to fix a few issues, and the insurance lump sum to begin with (over £300).

    Going to be an expensive month.
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    I dont understand this. When using money supermarket and putting in their recommended cheapest insurable car for new drivers (they did some top ten thing) I still get ridiculous quotes. The cheapest I have managed to get so far is £9,500. I've added a second driver, but I don't understand how people can get quotes in the £2,000 range. I live in a really nice area also, so I don't think that has anything to do with it.
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    (Original post by PrinceyJ)
    I dont understand this. When using money supermarket and putting in their recommended cheapest insurable car for new drivers (they did some top ten thing) I still get ridiculous quotes. The cheapest I have managed to get so far is £9,500. I've added a second driver, but I don't understand how people can get quotes in the £2,000 range. I live in a really nice area also, so I don't think that has anything to do with it.
    Is it a brand new car you're putting into the search? This might have something to do with it. More expensive cars are more expensive to insure is what I found.


    This was posted from The Student Room's iPhone/iPad App
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    (Original post by A Mysterious Lord)
    Hmm, is it socially acceptable for a guy to drive a Ford Ka or Nissan Micra (pre-2002)?
    I drove a Fiat 500 for a couple of months, one thing for sure it will definitely increase your profile among females

    In the first 2 months of owning it 5 girls at random started speaking to me asking about it and usually led on to speaking on other topics.

    Both the KA and Micra isn't particularly "girl cars" anyway.
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    Hi,

    I'm hoping someone can help me decide something really. I'm taking my test on Friday and really NEED to pass, so even if I don't, I'll be going for cancellations all over the place! My parents have given me some money to get a car, and I don't know whether to start looking now, or just wait until the weekend after my test so I know if I've passed or not? I don't mind insuring a car as a provisional driver, and having it on the drive most of the time.

    Also, I'm wanting a Yaris. I don't know what I'm looking for exactly, but does this sound ok: less than 10years old, less than 70,000 miles. For about £2,500 ish? I've seen a diesel one that I'm DYING FOR, but its likely to be sold by the time I pass!

    What should I be looking for with used cars? Is it worth paying for one of those "check the cars history" things?
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    (Original post by linkdapink)
    Hi,

    I'm hoping someone can help me decide something really. I'm taking my test on Friday and really NEED to pass, so even if I don't, I'll be going for cancellations all over the place! My parents have given me some money to get a car, and I don't know whether to start looking now, or just wait until the weekend after my test so I know if I've passed or not? I don't mind insuring a car as a provisional driver, and having it on the drive most of the time.

    Also, I'm wanting a Yaris. I don't know what I'm looking for exactly, but does this sound ok: less than 10years old, less than 70,000 miles. For about £2,500 ish? I've seen a diesel one that I'm DYING FOR, but its likely to be sold by the time I pass!

    What should I be looking for with used cars? Is it worth paying for one of those "check the cars history" things?
    If you have a budget for Insurance then quote up how much the car will cost before you buy it. You'll notice it ROCKET up once you've passed your test. However I don't see what difference it would make getting it now or shortly when you pass your test

    Definitely worth using that 'mytextcheck' for £2 or so which will tell you if it's been scrapped, stolen or written off. It also gives you good information like what price it should be worth, what mpg it should average, etc.

    You want to go look at the car and ask the person selling to take it a run with you in the passenger seat, listen out for any obvious knocking (even if you know nothing about cars, you'll still recognize a suspension about to go by the noise of it) and check all the electronics work (ask him to show you if possible).

    Finally make sure when you do buy the car that the papers for transferring ownership are legitimate (google what they should look like).

    Oh and for £2500, that mileage and age should be no bother, for a 2002 yaris with 70k miles, i'd want to pay a chunk less than £2500, maybe more £1500. But that my text check thing will tell you what it reckons it's worth, try not to any higher and definitely try bargain yourself a price, say he wants £2500.. your reply is "Well I have £2000 ready to transfer over this second" and if he lowers his, try meet him in the middle. I brought my 1l Corsa B from £700 down to £450 using a method like that.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by StevenF)
    If you have a budget for Insurance then quote up how much the car will cost before you buy it. You'll notice it ROCKET up once you've passed your test. However I don't see what difference it would make getting it now or shortly when you pass your test

    Definitely worth using that 'mytextcheck' for £2 or so which will tell you if it's been scrapped, stolen or written off. It also gives you good information like what price it should be worth, what mpg it should average, etc.

    You want to go look at the car and ask the person selling to take it a run with you in the passenger seat, listen out for any obvious knocking (even if you know nothing about cars, you'll still recognize a suspension about to go by the noise of it) and check all the electronics work (ask him to show you if possible).

    Finally make sure when you do buy the car that the papers for transferring ownership are legitimate (google what they should look like).

    Oh and for £2500, that mileage and age should be no bother, for a 2002 yaris with 70k miles, i'd want to pay a chunk less than £2500, maybe more £1500. But that my text check thing will tell you what it reckons it's worth, try not to any higher and definitely try bargain yourself a price, say he wants £2500.. your reply is "Well I have £2000 ready to transfer over this second" and if he lowers his, try meet him in the middle. I brought my 1l Corsa B from £700 down to £450 using a method like that.

    Good luck!
    Thanks! There's 3 I want to look at today, all around the £2300ish mark (from dealers, not private) so hoping to get around £2000 if I can. Most mileage has been about 56,000 which is quite good for 02/03 ish cars. I'm taking my boyfriend with me, and hopefully my sister. My sister has had about 3/4 cars now, so she should know if something is up with it.

    Thankfully, I'm 23, I work as a teacher, and I'm "co-habiting", which keeps my insurance down. Cheapest I've got is about £560 when I'm still provisional and £670ish when I pass.
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    ^ Wow, that's cheap! My sister is also now a teacher and apparently it's one of the best professions for insurance! I'm a 17 year old student who passed his test a few months ago so my insurance, for a 1L 3Cylinder 1999 Corsa which barely moves is a ridiculous £2000 or so..
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    (Original post by lucy-rose)
    Is it a brand new car you're putting into the search? This might have something to do with it. More expensive cars are more expensive to insure is what I found.


    This was posted from The Student Room's iPhone/iPad App
    No it's a Y reg and it's value is less than a grand
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    (Original post by PrinceyJ)
    No it's a Y reg and it's value is less than a grand

    Old cars are usually more expensive to insure because they're unreliable and lack some of the safety features of newer cars.
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    Ive got a seat ibiza 1.9 tdi it's a rocket lol

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