Automatic license vs. Manual license?

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Once my exams are over I'm getting a driving instructor but I'm stuck between opting to get an automatic license or a manual license. My parents both drive manual cars and it seems like so much effort changing gears and using the clutch which is why I'm leaning towards getting an automatic license.

(Plus I can't control a manual car in Forza to save my life!)

Some of my friends who drive say getting an automatic license limits you a lot. Is this true? I need some help!

Oh and any recommendations for a first car for a 17 year old?
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obviously automatic license = ONLY automatic cars, and im not sure whether there is any cost difference between them.

As your parents have manuals, you wont be able to practice outside lessons.

and your friends will laugh at you.

When you start driving, you realise changing gears is the least effort taking bit - it becomes natural.

The effort comes with looking properly & planning ahead - BOTH OF WHICH IM LACKING - and is also the same with an automatic.
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It is true, an automatic license will limit you a lot.
You will only ever be allowed to drive auto cars, which generally cost more to purchase in the first place. Also, there are few 'first cars' widely available which come in automatic options, unless you are willing to buy one from new (which will be very expensive!!) It will work out cheaper just to pay for the extra lessons to get your auto licence.
I'm the least co-ordinated person in the world and i learned to drive a manual car! If i can do it, anyone can!
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Your fuel economy will also be better with the manual, and with rising fuel costs that's bound to be an important point.
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(Original post by ccharlyy)
It is true, an automatic license will limit you a lot.
You will only ever be allowed to drive auto cars, which generally cost more to purchase in the first place. Also, there are few 'first cars' widely available which come in automatic options, unless you are willing to buy one from new (which will be very expensive!!)
:ditto:

Plus if you go on holiday and/or need to drive someone else's car which isn't an auto and/or an auto isn't available you're pretty forked.

Plus if you know what you're doing you can drive a manual car faster and have more control over it.
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Go for manual, at least try it before you decide against it. If you have a manual licence you can always buy an auto if you really want to...

Autos are fine in bigger cars, but for a first car it will usually end up costing you a few more £'s.
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If you want to drive a manual car some time in the future - get a manual licence.
If you want to drve an automatic for the rest of your driving days - get a manual licence.

What happens when your boss in 20 year time asks you to take the company car to do a job?
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(Original post by SillyFencer)
What happens when your boss in 20 year time asks you to take the company car to do a job?
unless it says in the contract "must hold a manual licence" you can tell him to shove off - can't fire you for not being able to drive an automatic & chances are he'll use his own car anyways but i digress.

manual = future freedom

automatic = another driving test later on.
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(Original post by manderton)
unless it says in the contract "must hold a manual licence" you can tell him to shove off - can't fire you for not being able to drive an automatic & chances are he'll use his own car anyways but i digress.

manual = future freedom

automatic = another driving test later on.
lol, it's not a court case where you start pulling out bits of paper to fight your corner. It's an example of a situation where you can do something against where you can't. At the end of the day, you are in a job, trying to do well, impress the boss and get promoted. Lol, saying to him "shove off, it's not in my contract" won't do that.
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Try manual for a while, if you really don't click with it, you can move on to automatics.
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Manuals are SO much more fun to drive. Honestly. Autos are boring :yawn:
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automatics tend to be more expensive.
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Def go for manual - automatic is very limiting. Saying that I saw an automatic L red corsa with only 30k on the clock - garaged from new only one owner today and it was spotless! only £750. Would have had that if it wasnt for the fact i am just learning and need a manual.
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Automatics with cruise control are cool.. since you can accelerate and decelerate with just your finger.

I originally had the same mind set as you (OP) but then I tried the manual and they're really not hard at all. You need to remember for each car where the gear stick slots are so you don't go from 1st to 4th by accident.. or 5th to 1st - that doesn't do your engine too much good. =P

but gears and clutch are a doddle, really. Just go for manual
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(Original post by imtired)
I would also suggest a manual for the reasons above, but how is automatic boring? At least you don't have gears which is really annoying.
I find automatics are boring, there's no fun in driving. It's just pressing the pedals and steering. At least with manual the quality of drive is better, and it gives you something to do with your hands! And you can make the engine roar
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Manual for sure. Holding an automatic licence may hold you back in the future - you'll only be able to drive automatic cars, which are more expensive too. It would be better to get yourself a manual licence, then buy an automatic car if you really want to, at least it won't be all you can have. Gears etc really aren't hard to get your head around - they become natural.
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It may seem that manuals are difficult to grasp, but with practice, it becomes second nature. When I first started learning, I thought that manuals were too much hard work, but now I don't even have to think about it.
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(Original post by Abz90)
It may seem that manuals are difficult to grasp, but with practice, it becomes second nature. When I first started learning, I thought that manuals were too much hard work, but now I don't even have to think about it.
How quickly did it become second nature?

I'm about to start lessons soon.
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Second Lesson. Once you know where the gears are, the smoothness takes slightly longer, but its not a big deal.
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Manual would be better because then you have the choice in the future, and gears are no bother once you get used to them
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