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My son aged 23 has just applied for his provisional driving licence and I am paying for some lessons as an Xmas present, as travelling to his new job by public transport is beset with problems. Any advice re insurance would be gratefully rec'd as well as recommendations for a first car having regard to the aforementioned.

Asked on 3 April 2010 by L.P., Guildford

Answered by Honest John
KIA Picantos, Hyundai i10s, Citroen C1s, Peugeot 107s, Toyota Aygos, Suzuki Altos, Nissan Pixos and FIAT Panda 1.1 Ecos are all low insurance and generally cheap to tax and run.
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