What's a good car for a 17 year old?

I would like to buy my grandson, who's coming up 17 years old, a small car to allow him to start work. I'd like it to be no older than five years, safe, very reliable, have reasonable running costs and be able to have fully comprehensive cars insurance.

What cars should I be looking at and how much would they cost?

Asked on 18 October 2021 by firelog

Answered by David Ross
Given that car insurance is astronomical for a 17 year old, we'd suggest finding a car that sits in the lowest insurance group 1 - the Volkswagen Up would be our choice here as it's cheap to run, reliable and safe. A budget of £8000 will get you a low mileage four-year old example on an Approved Used scheme. Find a model registered before April 2017 and it will be very cheap to tax too.
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