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First car for young driver - what are the options?

We as parents need to get a basic elderly small petrol hatchback type car for our soon to be 17 year old to learn on and to be a first car, we have seen a Ford Ka Finale 58 plate for £1098 but had a hunch that I would perhaps be better off with an old Peugeot, Citroen or something like a Hyundai or Toyota, did not really want to spend more than £1500 for this first car, would appreciate your thoughts, also wondered why there does not seem to be much mention of a Finale when looking at Ka's and also wondered if this was a 1st Generation model which I believe is prone to rust and corrosion.

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Rust in the sills in front of the rear arches could be terminal. But this is one of the last Mk 1 Kas so should not be that bad.. Worth checking of course with a screwdriver. Worth getting a fresh MoT done before purchase. Also make sure the power steering rack isn't weeping.
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