Congratulations! You’ve just passed your driving test and now you’re looking to buy your first car. Whilst it should be an exciting experience, it’s really important to make the right choice – after all, you don’t know how long you’ll be keeping it for. To help you decide, we’ve listed below the top five cars for new drivers in 2020. Happy shopping!
1. Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta is a very popular first car, and you can pick up a two-year old Fiesta for around £12,000, keeping it affordable for any level of driver. It’s worth bearing in mind that Ford have relatively cheap parts in comparison to other brands, meaning that, if your car does need any repairs, it shouldn’t cost you your life savings.
2. Toyota Aygo
Although perhaps not as common, the Aygo is the fuel efficient choice for your first vehicle. You can pick up a [brand new Toyota Aygo from as little as £9,825](https://www.toyota.co.uk/download/cms/gben/January 2020 Price list_tcm-3060-602975.pdf), making it very cheap in comparison to other Toyotas. The Aygo also has USB and Aux-In capabilities – so you can listen to some great tracks as you test drive your new car! With the added bonus of remote locking (a much undervalued asset) it’s convenient, cheap and stylish.
3. Ford KA
There’s no denying that the Ford KA feels like a bumper car – but that’s probably what makes it so perfect for first time buyers! It’s cheap to buy, cheap to insure, cheap to tax, and cheap to fill up, making it the ideal car for those looking to save a few pennies. And as with the Fiesta, Ford cars have relatively cheap replacement and repair costs, so it’ll be a reliable and long-term investment.
4. Fiat 500
With a quiet engine, small size and cheap running costs, the Fiat 500 can be perfect for new drivers and city living. Inspired by the 1957 classic model, the Fiat 500 lets you get from A to B in style. However, bear in mind that this probably won’t be the cheapest car on the list due to it being in such high demand – although the flip side of this is that it’s more likely to hold its value than other cars.
5. SEAT Ibiza
The SEAT Ibiza is well known for being a great first time car, as well as great value for money for anyone looking to buy a decent car on a shoe-string budget. With 5 doors, the Ibiza is considerably more spacious than the SEAT Leon (another popular first time driver car). Not only that, but it has rigorous safety features – such as tyre pressure monitoring and automatic emergency braking which helped the car earn a full five stars in 2017 on the Euro NCAP crash test. Safety first!
Some things to bear in mind…
In general terms, if you are purchasing a second hand vehicle you will want to take into consideration the mileage, previous owners and year of manufacture. It’s also important to ask to see a log book so you can better understand the cars history.
However, it’s also worth noting that it is generally cheaper to insure second hand cars, as they are often of lower value. A smaller engine will also contribute towards a lower insurance cost, as well as a number of other factors.
The benefit of purchasing a new vehicle is that you won’t have to pay for an MOT until it is three years old, however you will have to arrange regular services so that it meets the warranty requirements - it’s worth factoring this into your budget.
If you’re concerned about the upfront cost for a new car, there are a number of great finance deals available (depending on where you purchase the car from), so make sure to pick the one that suits you best.
Keeping your car insurance costs down
Unfortunately, it’s not just the cost of buying a car you’ll need to consider when you pass your test for the first time – it’s also a legal requirement to have at least third party car insurance in place before you drive, as well as having to pay road tax, petrol and all of the other fun hidden costs in involved with driving!
That’s why, here at Endsleigh, we want to keep costs down for young and new drivers.
We offer a range of benefits on our student car insurance, including optional RAC breakdown cover at discounted student prices.
We also offer black box insurance, which rewards young drivers with savings on their renewal price for good driving, as well as learner driver insurance if you only need cover on a friend or parents’ car temporarily while you’re learning.
Studying at uni but want to drive your parents’ car for a few weeks while you’re home for the holidays? You might be interested in temporary student driver insurance.
Last updated: 03/04/2020