Spec my buddy a noob car...

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He wants to learn to drive and he likes cars a lot (he's obsessed with expensive cars, particularly Audi) but he wants a beginner car. He's said that his limit is about 4k including insurance and he hasn't passed his test yet...

Has anyone got any advice other than my 'buy a bucket with cheap insurance, then get a decetn car after a year'...
 
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Its not a car, but the advice i give is to do the pass plus course, can knock a lot of money off the insurance so thats more towards a car!
 
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My sister got a 53 VW polo last year for £5k. Nice and tidy, nice runner, better than a piece of poo for £50. Oh and insurance is cheap.
 
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dont spend,it all! theres no need to buy a shed, but something a bit cheaper, get a years NCB then spend a little more on something a bit quicker that you will actually like, that isnt an option now because of insurance. Something like a 1.25 fiesta zetec could be piked up cheap, not a bad car should leave him a fair wad of change.
 
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saitrix said:
How about a Mondeo? Can get the 2.0 Ghia X for that money with insurance aswell.
I wouldn't of liked to of learnt to drive in my 2.0 Ghia X.

I would say get a **** car to learn in then once you have passed get something a little better.

No point having a car on the drive depreciating away that you cannot even use.
 
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Tesla said:
I wouldn't of liked to of learnt to drive in my 2.0 Ghia X.

can i ask why that is fella? They are not difficult to drive :s My instructor used a fiesta, but ive moved into a 2L mondeo now and the difference is negligible really in difficulty, but its a damnsite nicer.

Tom.
 
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saitrix said:
Tesla, why?

I know someone who in their lessons they drove the instructors 1.2 Corsa, then out of lessons drove a 2.0 Passat. He had no problems at all.

I think its good to get into a big car asap get used to them.

BTW yep i do have high res pic will msn them tonight ;)
 
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I just think the size and "power" would put off most newbie's.

The first thing most friends say to me "wow your car is so big".

I don't think it's big, and I certainly have no issues with driving and manouvering my estate. However, I'm sure many people would. (Probably not the sort of people who post in here though).
 
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No offence but the power isnt that much. :p You don't have to use it all, like i learnt in a 2.0 HDi 307 with 136bhp and 320Nm. It just meant i had effortless power for me. I really think a new driver will be fine with a Mondeo, it isnt a big car afterall really.
 
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I think an ideal car for a learner driver would be a car with cheap insurance, a bit of poke but not too much, not too small and not too big bit with lots of visibility.

If a car has a lot of blind spots it can hinder a learner driver

I'd personally look at a Rover 25. Cheap to buy, not that big, easy to drive and unrestricted visibility
 
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cleanbluesky said:
He wants to learn to drive and he likes cars a lot (he's obsessed with expensive cars, particularly Audi) but he wants a beginner car. He's said that his limit is about 4k including insurance and he hasn't passed his test yet...

Has anyone got any advice other than my 'buy a bucket with cheap insurance, then get a decetn car after a year'...

How old is this friend... this will make a big difference on the insurance budget.
 
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first he needs to pass his driving test. then afterwards he should buy a reasonably cheap car, something like suggested above, fiesta 1.25. then after one year get something better. most new drivers will have a few bumps and scrapes, so best not to buy something too good.
another important thing though... HOW OLD IS HE?
 
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