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Old 27th Dec 2012, 16:17   #1
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First Car!

Okay guys, I'm looking in to getting insurance for my first car (after passing test):

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Age: 17
Number of years on license: 0
Price range: Minimal
Engine size: Any

Any recommendations for a cheap car to insure?

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Old 27th Dec 2012, 16:20   #2
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get a 1 litre engine
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Old 27th Dec 2012, 16:32   #3
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An old (original) 1 litre mini.

Costs very little to insure/run & all the parts are cheap (should anything break). And it is a good car to learn "how a car works".

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Cheap, interesting, safe. Pick one tbh for new drivers. No way would I pick an old-style Mini as a daily-driver for a new road user though, talk about vulnerable when you make a mistake!

Personally I'd go for an oldish Volvo, smallest engine you can find. That way at least it's safe, and can be had for reasonable money. Insurance tends to be very high on cars which new drivers are expected to use - Micras etc, small-engined city cars, to drive down premiums you need to think outside the box a little.
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Old 27th Dec 2012, 16:53   #5
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by oldish what kind of age should I be looking at Krikkit? And how low a quote do you think is reasonably obtainable? My mum got a quote on her (1.6?) Focus for learning at around 800 per annum including herself of the policy. However after that the price will definitely sky rocket!
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Cheap, interesting, safe. Pick one tbh for new drivers. No way would I pick an old-style Mini as a daily-driver for a new road user though, talk about vulnerable when you make a mistake!

Personally I'd go for an oldish Volvo, smallest engine you can find. That way at least it's safe, and can be had for reasonable money. Insurance tends to be very high on cars which new drivers are expected to use - Micras etc, small-engined city cars, to drive down premiums you need to think outside the box a little.
Totally agree, find something that very few people bought. Less number bought means less accidents in such a car.

If you were trying to insure a diesel Mondeo for instance you would be totally ruined as there common as sin and plenty are written off each day. Oddly a quote on a ST220 would be cheaper than the smoker.

Find an old merc, forget audi as that'll ruin you quicker than a saxo with fairy lights
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Old 27th Dec 2012, 17:32   #7
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how old is old?!
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I'm talking 15y + really, although that's a great price on a Focus. Get one of those instead tbh, assuming that was with you as the main driver etc. The handling, steering, ride quality etc are all amazing for its class.
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That was for whilst learning (parent in car with me etc!)
After that it is astronomically expensive
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Ah, unlucky!

Try something like a Volvo 440 or 340, or an 850, 740 - they're not fast, but they're comfortable, reliable and cheap!
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With all due respect to Krikkit, who is a minor automotive God, let's start with what's actually possible, hmm?

How much do you have to spend? On the car, and on the insurance?
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Old 27th Dec 2012, 18:11   #12
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I would love the car to be under 3000 and insurance as minimal as possible! I'm not too bothered by comfort etc for the saving of a few 's
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My car insurance for a 1.1 peugeot 106 (old 1993) is nearly 300 a month at 21, just started driving perhaps you could phone a insurance company and ask them? adrian flux is a broker ask them
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Old 27th Dec 2012, 19:38   #14
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300 sounds like an awful lot to me, but perhaps I'm being too conservative on just how much this is going to cost?
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Old Volvos actually seem to be a good idea.
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Try looking at diesels, a 106 1.5d is peanuts to buy and should be cheap to insure. Depending on your driving habits an aygo or a smart may be viable options for cheap insurance.
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106s, Saxos, Puntos etc are all high cost for insurance - lots of young people buy and crash them, especially the crappy-engined models. The way to something a bit less eyewatering is to pick up an unusual choice for young 'uns.
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I started off in a 1.8 Volvo 440, quicker and cheaper than everyone else in there small most french hatchbacks.

Plus it was a true 5 door, where 3 people actually fit in the back. It served as my Uni wagon, far better than any transit, lol!
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and how much was insurance on that?! D:
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As someone who looked at this recently, I feel I'm qualified to offer advise. (17, passed test in September)

To those suggesting old Volvo's, that's a no go. I spent a while on the phone with Adrian Flux (not the man himself, unfortunately) And according to them, anything over a 1.4 will be over 4000 to insure alone.

3000 isn't a big budget, you'd find it hard to get insurance alone for that price. What I ended up looking at was a Pugeot 306 1.4, which was around 3500 to insure. You might find a better deal looking to be insured on your parent's policy, however, that's risky business, I don't need to explain it, google search 'Insurance fronting' and have a read.

I never did end up buying a car, I've got my module 2 motorcycle test on the 4th of jan, and I'm getting a motorbike after that, simply because I can't afford/justify spending 3000 on insurance alone.

I'm probably not helping that much, but it seems like very few 17 year old guys can afford cars, and, for me, it's not worth it.

You will probably save about 500 on your premiums when you turn 18, so that's an option.
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