Looking for the right driving school car

I am 32 years of age and am about to start my career as a Driving Instructor. The company that I've decided to go with does not include a car with its franchise costs so it down to me to get one. I currently have a Subaru Impreza STI that is obviously inappropriate for the job. So I have two options: hire one, which I feel is not the best economically at £300p/m + insurance, or to purchase one. It needs to be small but I’m not bothered by running costs as I would prefer to pay a little more each month and enjoy driving the car. I have a budget of around £14,000 maximum and the two cars that I am thinking off are the MINI Cooper S and the Abarth 500. My question is, would my learners be penalised in any way from them being slightly more powerful than your average learner car and can you suggest anything else?

Asked on 19 September 2010 by RS, Cowfold

Answered by Honest John
I had written you are out of our mind to even contemplate an Abarth 500 or a MINI Cooper S as a Driving School car. Then I saw an Abarth 500 being used as a driving school car in South London. I can’t imagine how the instructor gets insurance for teaching 17-25 year olds, which comprise the main market for driving instruction.
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