Is a Kia Picanto a good first car?

What should we look out for when buying a 2011 Kia Picanto (60k miles, £2995, two owners) for an 18 year old's first car? Seller has already said that it just failed MoT due to a spring which is being replaced, and that doesn't sound serious as it can happen to anyone.

Asked on 29 September 2023 by bbbccc321

Answered by Craig Cheetham
The Picanto is a simple, fuss-free car perfect for a new driver, though if one spring needs replacing we'd consider asking the seller to also replace the coil spring on the other side as if it doesn't need replacing now, it's likely to need doing in the future. Otherwise, it's a sensible and fun choice for a new driver with a very solid reliability record. Once the MoT is renewed, it sounds like a pretty good buy at that price.
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