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. Happy shopping!
1. Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta is a very popular first car, and you can pick up a brand new Fiesta for around £12,500, 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 £8,995, 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. Vauxhall Adam
What’s the most stressful aspect about driving when you first get your licence? Parking. And the beauty of the Adam is that, due to its size, you definitely won’t struggle to find a parking space that it’ll fit into! From around £12,000 brand new, this will make an ideal first car.
4. Vauxhall Corsa
You can’t seem to walk through a car park without spotting a Corsa – it’s an incredibly popular choice for first time buyers. From £10,635 brand new, it is not only affordable in terms of initial cost, but also one of the cheaper cars to insure. It’s also surprisingly spacious for its size, with plenty of boot space if you’re heading off on a road trip.
5. 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.
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.