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    Since this is the year when I will become able to drive with a provisional, should I start to consider what car I shall use?

    Are there any other considerations I should make at this point?
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    (Original post by Togon)
    Since this is the year when I will become able to drive with a provisional, should I start to consider what car I shall use?

    Are there any other considerations I should make at this point?
    Insurance costs
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    I bought my first car when I was 16!

    Go for it. Get in there early.
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    I have been driving for almost 3 years - Only just looked at what sort of car I actually need. Do you need a car, really? Like, totally really?


    Budget wise:

    The price of lessons
    The price of tests and potential resits
    The price of a car (+price to repair it as used cars might be a bit knackered)
    Insurance (£2k isn't uncommon for a new driver)
    Tax
    Service and MOT (+afford to pay for any repairs needed)
    Petrol money (largely dictated by how efficient the engine is, and how carefully you drive)
    Breakdown cover



    Unless you absolutely need a car, I'd try and avoid one. Being insured with your parents' car is perfectly fine. I can pretty much use it whenever I need to. Unless you have a job to fund all this, then it's a bit of a waste of money. I don't see the point in people buying cars just to go to college or wherever.
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    (Original post by DaveDavids)
    Budget....

    Learning costs...
    Provisional licence
    Cd/books for theory
    Theory test
    Lessons
    Practical test

    Subsequent cost after passing...
    Full licence

    Driving costs....
    Car
    Insurance
    Tax
    Fuel
    Roadside assistance
    Maintenance
    Service
    Mot

    Runs through some insurance quotes to get an idea on cost.
    I agree.
    You might find it useful to look into how much things are likely to cost in advance. For example look into driving instructors- how much they charge, recommendations from friends/relatives etc. It might also be helpful to look at cars you may be interested in and the prices. Also insurance-get a few quotes for cars you like to see what the insurance is likely to be.
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    Get your bank balance up bro. Flipping cost me 1k to get a licence


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    You will need at least 5k for car and insurance and maybe 2-3k a year to run it


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    (Original post by h4mza)
    You will need at least 5k for car and insurance and maybe 2-3k a year to run it


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    Cost me £1310 for both :P
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    (Original post by Camoxide)
    Cost me £1310 for both :P
    Cost me £2450 and £1750 was on the car.
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    (Original post by JC.)
    I bought my first car when I was 16!

    Go for it. Get in there early.
    Do you hate public transport?
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    (Original post by Camoxide)
    Cost me £1310 for both :P
    Bangers don't count
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    (Original post by Sgt.Incontro)
    Do you hate public transport?
    I've got 4 cars.
    Draw your own conclusions.
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    I hate the public, and their transport.


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    (Original post by Ice Constricter)
    Bangers don't count
    You're meant to have a banger as a first car.
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    (Original post by JC.)
    I've got 4 cars.
    Draw your own conclusions.
    Consider yourself lucky - I can afford a car + insurance, got a licence, but have nowhere to park my car at university on campus.

    So I can't drive, so I am stuck riding buses with the grannies for the next 3 years. Could you ever imagine starting to drive at 21?
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    Most of the people in this discussion are at uni I'm guessing?

    It's perfectly affordable when your in full time work / apprenticeship.

    Vehicle technician Apprenticeship wage a month is £600 (roughly after tax). Insurance is £95 a month, finance on a 1.6 Astra SXI 2006 (£5000 car) is £160 a month. And a full tank a month is £68.

    These prices are for:
    Passed driving test at 17
    Started driving at 18 (held licence for 1 year)

    Perfectly affordable


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    (Original post by Sgt.Incontro)
    Consider yourself lucky - I can afford a car + insurance, got a licence, but have nowhere to park my car at university on campus.

    So I can't drive, so I am stuck riding buses with the grannies for the next 3 years. Could you ever imagine starting to drive at 21?
    why am I "lucky"? That's just how I happen to choose to spend my own money.

    I took 2 cars to uni. There's always somewhere to park.
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    (Original post by DaveDavids)
    Budget....

    Learning costs...
    Provisional licence
    Cd/books for theory
    Theory test
    Lessons
    Practical test

    Subsequent cost after passing...
    Full licence

    Driving costs....
    Car
    Insurance
    Tax
    Fuel
    Roadside assistance
    Maintenance
    Service
    Mot

    Runs through some insurance quotes to get an idea on cost.
    In bold are the things I didn't even think about except fuel. I drive a lot more than I anticipated, so I use double what I envisioned!
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    (Original post by StudentNeedingHelp)
    Get your bank balance up bro. Flipping cost me 1k to get a licence


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    But that's because you suck at driving, I had nine 1 hour lessons, I passed first time, albeit with 13 minors.

    I spend around £400 on learning, including all theory + tests
 
 
 
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