I've been looking at first cars for a while now, I'd consider myself a big car guy so getting the right car is important.
I live in an area where Insurance is pretty low compared to most areas. General check list is:
-insurance group under 25
-car should be around £3000 but willing to be flexible if the cars worth it
-needs to have 30+ mpg but again willing to be flexible
-has to be a Manuel
Other than that go wild. The car I'm most likely to get is a 2.0 volvo c30 which is pretty left field but i find is much better than what most people look at for the price.
Loughborough at number 1