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Oh, btw congrats on passing your test (I'm assuming this, as you are car hunting).
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Take somebody with you that knows about cars- otherwise be prepared to get ripped off- they'll see you a mile away!!!

Take someone like ur dad- who knows cars and will have ur interests at heart- not want you to by the car just because they like the colour of it!

I'd say either a citroen or a vw- vw are safer and lupos are great for city traffic...
Yeah my dads going with me and a guy my dad knows , he works in a garage so hopefully he'll be able to see the tell tale signs and and lemons there
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I just use my parents car, its a little hectic driving here, and I cant drive on the WRONG side of the road so Im not buying one in england either. Im glad people think its my car though, since its a nice car.
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i'd avoid a VW- people tend to think of them as a slightly prestige brand and thus you'll pay extra compared to other cars.

Thought about a 306 dturbo (group 5 insurance and it doesn't look/drive too badly ). Otherwise try looking for a seat ibiza (after about '95ish they became part of VAG (Volkswagen Auto Group) and have vw engines in them. Saxo's tend to be bought by boy racer types, this doesn't help their image/insurance quotes at all. If you buy a fiesta try getting insurance quotes on both the 1.1l and 1.3l (think it was a 1.3 anyway) as often the 1.3 works out cheaper due to loads of people having the 1.1 for their first car and totalling them.

Personally I now avoid french cars as I spent way too long trying to fix up the electrics on an old 405 I bought (in the end I got it running and flogged it to some poor sod through the paper) so my recommendation would be a seat ibiza/ford escort (think my mate's insurance is about £1k on it tpft in his own name at 19 years old- pretty reasonable).
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(Original post by Ynox)
i'd avoid a VW- people tend to think of them as a slightly prestige brand and thus you'll pay extra compared to other cars.

Thought about a 306 dturbo (group 5 insurance and it doesn't look/drive too badly ). Otherwise try looking for a seat ibiza (after about '95ish they became part of VAG (Volkswagen Auto Group) and have vw engines in them. Saxo's tend to be bought by boy racer types, this doesn't help their image/insurance quotes at all. If you buy a fiesta try getting insurance quotes on both the 1.1l and 1.3l (think it was a 1.3 anyway) as often the 1.3 works out cheaper due to loads of people having the 1.1 for their first car and totalling them.

Personally I now avoid french cars as I spent way too long trying to fix up the electrics on an old 405 I bought (in the end I got it running and flogged it to some poor sod through the paper) so my recommendation would be a seat ibiza/ford escort (think my mate's insurance is about £1k on it tpft in his own name at 19 years old- pretty reasonable).
lol, I still like my pug.
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Make:Ford
Model:Ka1 (cheaper tax!)
Colour: Maroon (doesnt get v dirty)
Engine Size:1.1 (cheap on petrol)
and why:cos of all the above....a nice 1st car...small 4 parking...cheap 2 run (£25 full tank)cheaper tax rate.....and overall ....lovely!!
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The Yaris is a very good car
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The Yaris is a very good car
A Shame about the adverts used to promote it.
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I'd like a Vauxhall Corsa. The insurance is supposed to be really cheap and it's a nice looking car.
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think the yaris is the one with the speedo/tacho down on your left when you're in the drivers seat- kinda distracting until you get used to it (i'm used to looking down to see it).
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http://eek2.com/car3.jpg

Ford Fiesta 1.6S, cost me £300 about 18 months ago. Still going strong 15,000 miles on with only brake pads, tyres and exhaust backbox changed.
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(Original post by sophiekenyon)
Make:Ford
Model:Ka1 (cheaper tax!)
Colour: Maroon (doesnt get v dirty)
Engine Size:1.1 (cheap on petrol)
and why:cos of all the above....a nice 1st car...small 4 parking...cheap 2 run (£25 full tank)cheaper tax rate.....and overall ....lovely!!
I'm sure all the Ka's have an engine size of 1.3 but nevermind...
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Got a BMW for my 17th...crashed it 5 mins later- o well
I now have a Golf- smashing thing
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Make: Citroen
Model: Ax (or Saxo, or c5)
Colour: Tahiti Green
Engine Size: 1 L (1.1 L)
and why: My first car - sob! He was (still is) called Oscar. I loved that car.
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The Yaris is a very good car
have you seen the yaris ?? :confused:
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have you seen the yaris ?? :confused:
Yep - stylish, reliable, economical, very high build quality, reasonable price second hand

Everything you want from a first car?

Though some "machos" will no doubt boast a Ford GT as their ideal first car.
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Yeah my dads going with me and a guy my dad knows , he works in a garage so hopefully he'll be able to see the tell tale signs and and lemons there
Pop down to the newsagents and get a copy of Parkers second hand car price guide (http://www.parkers.co.uk/pricing/ ) it will give you a good idea of what is a bargain and it also includes common faults to look out for (like if a certain model in a certain yr was found to rust really quickly in a particular place etc etc)
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Make: Volkswagen
Model: Polo
Colour: Silver or bright blue
Engine Size: 1.4
and why: Cos theyre beautiful, have power steering, ABS, and easy to handle and drive. I chose a small engine size on purpose, cos I hate cars that pick up fast.

i concur
make: VW
model: polo (but get the 2000 version for first car, not the new one. i think the older one looks better neway)
engine: 1.4 CL or 1.6 (tho 1.6 will b harder to insure)
colour: BLACK OR SILVER....the BEST colours for cars

why: because thats what i have and theyre amazing! trust me!
oh and get 2 door, tis cuter
(OR if ur rich get a VW golf - theyre amazing!)
i got mine off www.autotrader.co.uk
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Take somebody with you that knows about cars- otherwise be prepared to get ripped off- they'll see you a mile away!!!

Take someone like ur dad- who knows cars and will have ur interests at heart- not want you to by the car just because they like the colour of it!

I'd say either a citroen or a vw- vw are safer and lupos are great for city traffic...
DONT GET A LUPO..theyre gross
cant understand the ppl who get yellow lupos...argh

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DONT GET A LUPO..theyre gross
cant understand the ppl who get yellow lupos...argh

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The Lupo GTi is a very nice car...
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