What would be a good first car for an 18-year-old?

I'm 18 years old and I don't have any no-claims bonus (I just passed my test two months ago). I'm looking for a used car for under £2500, if possible. It must be cheap to run, cheap to insure, reliable and quite small, but not a city car small. Depreciation kept to a minimum would be best, however as the value is under £2500 I'm not too fussed.

Asked on 1 June 2010 by George

Answered by David Ross
If you're after something cheap to insure but don't want a city car, we'd suggest sticking to a small hatchback such as a Ford Fiesta. In terms of depreciation, on cars at this price it's not really a big problem as most small cars will lose money at the same rate. What will help preserve its value is low mileage, not modifying it and taking care of the car during the time you own it.

In the classifieds we've seen some tidy Ford Fiestas, SEAT Ibizas and Volkswagen Polos - all reliable and cheap to run. Try and look for smaller engines models such as 1.0 and 1.2. They may not be especially quick but will be cheaper to insure, and will help you build up your no-claims.
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