How much should I spend on my first car?

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This is my first car, but I'm looking at getting a Toyota Aygo. How much should I ideally spend on one so that I'm not getting ripped off, but not buying a nail? I don't want to buy one new as I know that it's likely to get knocked and scraped.

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Depends on how much you can afford, but i wouldn't buy a brand new car as it decreases in value so much.
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up to £2k
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Buy a nice American car. ^__^
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Depends how much you can afford, obviously the more you spend the newer it should be, less mileage etc.
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(Original post by Otkem)
This is my first car, but I'm looking at getting a Toyota Aygo. How much should I ideally spend on one so that I'm not getting ripped off, but not buying a nail? I don't want to buy one new as I know that it's likely to get knocked and scraped.
Generally, new drivers who get first cars tend to spend less than £1500. This is because as the price goes higher, the car tends to be better and so the insurance will be higher. When you are choosing a car, you will have to see how much it would be to insure it as well otherwise you could end up paying more for your insurance than you car ^.^

By the way, my sister bought her first car which was a VW Golf with 02 plate for £1200 and that was 2 years ago. That is really cheap since it was £1600 ono. You need to have someone who knows what cars should feel like and how to tell if it has crashed before and see if the car has full history etc. My sister got my mum to test it out and she pulled the price down by pointing out little things haha.

Hope this helps
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It's difficult to say. I personally don't drive because of the cost, although I passed my test a year ago.
Most of my friends drive, one bought an 07 1.3 KA for £2300. Within two months the front left suspension crumpled, his drive shaft literally disintegrated as we headed over the Severn bridge! his heaters stopped working about a day after buying it and recently the coolant pipe sprung a leak which meant we weren't going anywher.
Another friend dug out a 1987 land rover defender 110 from his farm. The insurance was astronomical and it does roughly 12 mpg (in a 2.4 diesel) but it's never had a fault apart from the stereo not working.
I know this doesn't really help, but i hope it points out how hit and miss used cars (and new ones for that matter) are
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£300 - £500, get something cheap and **** for the first year at least so when you inevitably scrape it up it doesn't matter.
And when it breaks down you can learn a bit about car repairs/ maintainance.
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I spent £1750 on my first car.
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My first car cost me £995
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would recommend not to pay more than £2,500 for any first car. closer to this number if it is something you intend to keep for a few years; for something just for first year before changing, i would say £500-£1,000, preferably with year's of mot + some tax left. i had a peugeot 205 as my first car, paid about £400,and i absolutely loved the thing, despite concerns about its ability to protect occupants in any car crash :ahee:


toyota aygo/citroen c1/peugeot 107 updated very soon, with slightly refreshed appearance and sub-100g/km emissions.........
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(Original post by Otkem)
This is my first car, but I'm looking at getting a Toyota Aygo. How much should I ideally spend on one so that I'm not getting ripped off, but not buying a nail? I don't want to buy one new as I know that it's likely to get knocked and scraped.

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Woman's car, don't buy it.
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Over £9000
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less than £1000 on a first car
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OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!

I'd say up too 1k. Something that's not going to fall apart and cost you more in repairs though.
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I spent £80 on my first car, still going strong!
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I'm 21. I have been driving my mums car for a year almost. I feel like a confident driver, don't intend to have a crash anytime soon, and to be honest, don't use the car all that much.

For this reason, my first car will be the new Smart Electric Drive Fortwo, 2017. Good for running around town and very safe. Plus being NEW, will last me at least 5 years. It is £16,000 though. Insurance being just over £1000
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Whatever you want to spend dude. My first car was a Ford Fiesta 2011 and it cost nearly £5k. However I have savings and a job.
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Try and stay away from anything that's French. My next door neighbour is a mechanic and when i was looking to buy my first car that's the first thing he said.
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1000 or So. You Will damage It.
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