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whats better for driving?

Manual or automatic? Also, what type of car should I get? Because my budget is £5000 and I'm not sure what kind of card that would be enough for five grand or do I need more money like 20 grand or 30 grand? What happens when you get your test theory and practical because I'm not entirely sure what happens and how many mocks do you need to get your theory test information would be viable.
Hiya, I would highly recommend Automatic as a lot of cars are turning into Automatic and also it’s a lot less stressful than learning how to do manual. as for car recommendations I have a JR hybrid which I’m still learning on and I got my test but for June it’s been pretty small car and it’s not overly complicated and it’s also pretty up-to-date although it is quite expensive but a lot of cars are these days if they are new unfortunately. Hope this helps a bit if you have any questions just let me know and also good luck with your driving it’s difficult but it’ll be well worth the effort.
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Original post by Sweaterweather
Manual or automatic? Also, what type of car should I get? Because my budget is £5000 and I'm not sure what kind of card that would be enough for five grand or do I need more money like 20 grand or 30 grand? What happens when you get your test theory and practical because I'm not entirely sure what happens and how many mocks do you need to get your theory test information would be viable.

£5000 is plenty for a car, mine was under £3000 and it runs fine. If you're on a budget and want stuff like CarPlay/Android Auto and Bluetooth you can get an older car and get a replacement head unit for it.

The theory test is pretty easy, just get the DVSA app. Literally all the questions that come up on the test are in there so you can basically just brute force mock tests and memorise all the answers 😂 (Unless they've significantly changed things since i did my theory at least). After you pass your theory, you have 2 years to pass your practical test before the theory pass expires and you have to retake it.

I've heard differing things when it comes to manual vs automatic. Manual obviously is a bit harder to learn as you have to change gears etc, but apparently automatic tests are harder to pass because the examiners are stricter (since you don't have to worry about changing gears they're harsher on any other slip ups you make).

Also good thing is that if you pass manual you can drive either a manual or automatic car. I did manual and for my next car I'm probably going to switch to an automatic.
Either/Or really

I personally prefer manual cars for the driving experience, but automatics are just fine for commuting about in, it's nice to never have to worry about hill starts or clutch control in heavy traffic.

For a long time I'd have said that driving auto only would make it hard to drive for a job, as almost all fleet cars and esp vans were manual, but this is def changing, all my works Sprinter vans are autos now. When auto transmissions break they tend to break bad though, and the costs to fix them can be rough,

£5000 is plenty to go shopping for your first car and you'd have decent choice, you'd also need maybe £1.5-2k that first year to cover insurance, tax, breakdown cover, MOT test and service costs etc, def good to keep a bit of money aside for unexpected repairs rather than lose the use of the car till you can save up.
I put down 8k for my first car that was 10 months ago. You also need to put in about 2k for insurance. Breakdown cover depends on who you go for and what you want covered, MOT, daily/ monthly running costs.
Original post by Sweaterweather
Manual or automatic? Also, what type of car should I get? Because my budget is £5000 and I'm not sure what kind of card that would be enough for five grand or do I need more money like 20 grand or 30 grand? What happens when you get your test theory and practical because I'm not entirely sure what happens and how many mocks do you need to get your theory test information would be viable.

Manual driving licence allows you to drive both manual and automatic cars etc.

If you took a automatic driving licence test then you can only drive automatic cars etc.

Each person is completely different for how many lessons you need before you pass your driving test.
The person who teaching you will be able to give you a Idea of how long before you can apply for your driving test.

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