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First Car Help

Discussion in 'Motors' started by triggerthat, 16 Jan 2006.

  1. triggerthat

    Soldato

    Joined: 26 Aug 2005

    Posts: 6,870

    Location: London

    Hi guys,

    After passing am looking for a car. Max budget £1000. Cheaper the better.

    Basically looking for something cheap to ensure, quick, good looking and cheap to run.

    Been looking at Saxos, and Puntos.

    Any recommendations?
     
  2. Confused

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,019

    You'll get more for your money by going for a higher class of car - small things like Saxo's are seen as "ideal first time cars" because they're perceived as being as small as a packet of crisps, compared to higher classes of cars such as 306/Xsara, and even higher classes of cars such as the Mondeo, which comparatively are "as huge as an ocean-going cruise liner".

    Citroen Xsara? Basically a Peugeot 306 with a different body and badge.
    Ford Mondeo (yeah, I know)/Citroen Xantia, but lots of space/comfort/safety, with a low price tag because they don't command the premium smaller cars do. At least check out insurance for something like a Mondeo before dismissing something this size ;)
     
    Last edited: 16 Jan 2006
  3. triggerthat

    Soldato

    Joined: 26 Aug 2005

    Posts: 6,870

    Location: London

    Thanks :)

    Are there any free online quote insurance places?

    Wont those Mondeo's cost abit to insure considering the size of their engines?
     
  4. Confused

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,019

    Check out the sticky - there's links to lots of insurance sites, give them all a try and you're sure to find some reasonable quotes.

    As for insurance costs, it all depends. However you may be surprised, insuring a Mondeo could work out not too much more than a Saxo, as not many young people will typically be driving a Mondeo compared to a Saxo - with lower payouts to youngster's driving Mondeos than youngsters driving Saxos the risk to them won't necessarily be as high ;)
     
  5. hogfather

    Mobster

    Joined: 8 Jun 2004

    Posts: 3,074

    Location: Sarrrf London

    you can get a quote off any insurance site :)

    Just make up a registration date - around when the car you're after was made, and dont enter a numberplate.
     
  6. Zefan

    Don

    Joined: 15 Jan 2006

    Posts: 30,881

    Location: Tosche Station

    306 D-Turbo. Nice lookin', swift enough, cheap insurance (Group 5 IIRC) and very cheap to run.
     
  7. Confused

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,019

    Or browse through AutoTrader for the car you're looking for and enter the numberplate shown in the pictures ;)
     
  8. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 157,230

    BMW 530i Sport Auto.
     
  9. Confused

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,019

    Wha...*faints*
     
  10. saitrix

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 2 Jun 2003

    Posts: 8,944

    Location: Loughborough

    He has just viewed one today and he is in love. ;)
     
  11. triggerthat

    Soldato

    Joined: 26 Aug 2005

    Posts: 6,870

    Location: London

    Insurance for a Punto can range upto £2500 :0

    Just checking out www.confused.com
     
  12. Confused

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,019

    Don't bother with Confused.com

    Instead, it is better to go out into the street, ask 50 people to write down a name of an insurance company, and a random price, stick them all in a hat, and pull some out.

    Go to the insurance companies directly.
     
  13. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 157,230

    Hey, thats my line! :p
     
  14. triggerthat

    Soldato

    Joined: 26 Aug 2005

    Posts: 6,870

    Location: London

    Just got a quote from the AA, 1.9K!
     
  15. Confused

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,019

    Sorry Fox, I seem to be using all your lines today ;)

    triggerthat - give the Admiral group (Admiral, Elephant, Diamond, Bell Direct) a try, and try adding an older female with no accidents/claims (mum for example) as a 2nd driver.

    However what is a cheap insurance company for you might be expensive for me, and vice versa, so the only way to know is to try all of them.
     
  16. saitrix

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 2 Jun 2003

    Posts: 8,944

    Location: Loughborough

    A 2nd Fox :eek: