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First Car ideas, Part Deux!

Discussion in 'Motors' started by 9761, 9 Mar 2006.

  1. 9761

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

    Posts: 4,143

    Location: Brentwood, Essex

    Hi,

    I think the time is right now to start looking for a car.

    Im only 17 and my Test is coming up very soon.

    I've been on this part of the forums before and came up with a focus.
    but is there any other cars that would be good?

    I've done lots of insurence qoutes and 1.6 focus seems the best although it only £50 more than a 1.4 engine which is surposed to be pap!

    Ive got about 7k on the car I also have about £2.6k for insurence and tax etc. Ive been saving lots.

    Just wondering is there any other cars out there for that price range that are decent.
    I like Ford cars as I also im intitled to ford Privilege so I get some money off there parts and also there parts are usally cheap.

    I would like something decent and would last 3-4 years maybe.

    Although where I work I don't need to use the car as its 5mins up the road so just need something that gets a-b and is decent, with decent looks and handling.


    Also am I thinking right that when insuring car if I only tick domestic driving and not domestic and comuting, will this usally lower my insurence?

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: 9 Mar 2006
  2. Chris1712

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 29 Jul 2004

    Posts: 9,342

    Location: Somerset

    I think Focus is probably the best suited, other than that maybe a fiesta zetec-s or even a newer ST (not sure how much you can get these for now?). But the better size of the focus would appeal to me more, unless you can find a nice zetec-s in that lovely blue/purple they did!
     
  3. 9761

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

    Posts: 4,143

    Location: Brentwood, Essex

    Seen loads of Fiesta Sts for around 10k but I could get a brand new one for that price. Besides my mum owns mk6 fiesta ghia and the interior does seem rather tacky. Although never driving it though but I'd rather have a focus or another car thats bit bigger and won't depreciate in a year.
     
  4. Firestar_3x

    Caporegime

    Joined: 11 Mar 2005

    Posts: 30,512

    Location: Leafy Cheshire

    First comment would be : (Standard Textbook stuff)

    Odds are you will crash your first car, like magpies we like nice new shiny things but you must resist, keep your money get a T Plate fiesta 1.25 run that for a year get some no claims and some experiance then get a nicer car.

    I know its boring but its the best way of doing things.

    Oh and make sure your insured under your own name, otherwise you will still be driving round in a 1.4 focus come 28......
     
  5. 9761

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

    Posts: 4,143

    Location: Brentwood, Essex

    SHOCK HORROR! :p

    I totally agree with what you are saying but ...

    I will have a look in autotrader see whats going about and see what prices fiesta are going at.

    cheers

    *EDIT* Hmm they are quiet cheap mk4 for about £1.5k hmmm
     
  6. Firestar_3x

    Caporegime

    Joined: 11 Mar 2005

    Posts: 30,512

    Location: Leafy Cheshire

    Yep, you can bang it about all you wish, if you crash it so what you don't have to go through the insurance cause the car is worth nothing...
     
  7. GT3

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,205

    Location: Chesterfield

    Go ahead and get the car you want - It's not stupidly fast or anything and as you have saved up your hard-earned why not?

    My car is I'd say faster than average for a 17 year olds first car and I've done tonnes of miles and not crashed.
     
  8. saitrix

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 2 Jun 2003

    Posts: 8,944

    Location: Loughborough

    Get a 1.6 MX-5? :p In some ways i wish i had thought of that when i was in your position, though i have no clue on insurance at 17 on an MX-5!
     
  9. 9761

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

    Posts: 4,143

    Location: Brentwood, Essex

    oh no,

    way too small. don't want acar to low to the ground, I wouldn't be able to get up and out :eek:

    I would like something with a hard top.
     
  10. Mad old tory

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 25 May 2003

    Posts: 9,361

    Location: Limehouse

    Think about whether you want to spend the full £7k. I would say perhaps only spend about £5k which will still get you a nice focus, with insurance at £1500 max I'm guessing, that would leave you with a couple of grand which you can use to start saving for your next car...
     
  11. 9761

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

    Posts: 4,143

    Location: Brentwood, Essex

    I wish the insurence was that low, I cannot even get a 1.1 fiesta for that insurence. focus is about 2k
     
  12. Chris1712

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 29 Jul 2004

    Posts: 9,342

    Location: Somerset


    With pass plus insurance on a focus 1.6 should be around 1200, with fully comp at 2k ish. Try admiral and elephant, then phone norwish union and direct line/endsleigh (because theyve no pass plus button on there site). Then if any of the insurers without the button on there site quote you lowest, whine that not having the pass plus button on there site is ridiculous and it makes you miss out on the 10% online discount, which they'll eventually give to you!

    Good luck!
     
  13. gord

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2003

    Posts: 19,336

    Location: Midlands

    Go with something that wont lose value but that you can afford to lose.

    I got a 96 reg Polo 1.6 GLX, insurance was £1500, car was 2K... and i'll probably sell it for not much less than that.. (not that im selling it)

    Damn good car as far as bang for buck, touch wood nothing goes wrong.
     
  14. 9761

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

    Posts: 4,143

    Location: Brentwood, Essex

    I will bare that in mind.

    thanks
     
  15. 9761

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

    Posts: 4,143

    Location: Brentwood, Essex

    Hmmm I might go for the lower end of the focus range, something like a 1999 pre-facelift or something like that?

    they seem to be more cheaper
     
  16. saitrix

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 2 Jun 2003

    Posts: 8,944

    Location: Loughborough

    I got insurance on my 1.6 Focus at 17 for £1500 with pass plus, thats fully comp aswell.

    My 1999 pre-facelift with 50k miles cost me £4k. Thats a Zetec with climate pack.
     
  17. 9761

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

    Posts: 4,143

    Location: Brentwood, Essex

    Nice,
     
  18. saitrix

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 2 Jun 2003

    Posts: 8,944

    Location: Loughborough

    Really i don't think enough is changed between the pre-facelift and the lacelift to pay for the premium, i would just get one of the last pre-facelifts.
     
  19. 9761

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

    Posts: 4,143

    Location: Brentwood, Essex

    Ive just seen a lovely focus for sale on another forum, Its lovely but it has had loads of mods done and thats what worrys me.

    Its been done up but not to a chavistic style.

    basically its a 1.6 focus and the owner has done it up to look like ST170 which I like the styling of. But the thing that gets me is:
    ST170 Snorkel
    K&N Panel Filter
    Superchips Bluefin
    Black diamond front and rear brake pads
    Lowered 35mm on Eibach Pro Springs
    ST170 17” 15 spoke alloys with contisport contact tyres (215/45/17)

    I can get insured on the 1.6 but I don't no about these mods. Would you think I could get insured with these on it?

    cheers
     
  20. VeNT

    Capodecina

    Joined: 9 Jan 2003

    Posts: 20,694

    Location: Cornwall

    is there anything your looking for? or just want to spend less money?

    I got a 1.2 corsa, cost me 1.5k, but the insurance is ONLY £354 for my first years insurance (this was the year I passed my test, I was 20 tho).


    you may find that mod make the insurance go up even if they don't effect performace that much