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Guide To Buying Your First Car On A Budget

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Guide To Buying Your First Car On A Budget

Best first cars under £5,000

With a budget of £5,000, you can get a good-as-new first car in a cheap insurance group. Here are some examples:

Dacia Sandero is officially Britain’s cheapest new car, starting at £5,995 and meaning you can get a nearly new model on a £5,000 budget. The Sandero is more spacious than your typical first car and has models in insurance group 2.

Ford Ka is great If your budget won’t stretch to a new Ford Ka+, you can pick up a three-to-four-year-old previous generation model for less than £5,000 on the second-hand market, with most in insurance group 2 or 3.

The 1.0-litre Toyota Aygo is a compact city car in insurance group 2. You should be able to find a model that’s less than five years old.

Best first cars under £3,000

With a smaller budget, you can get a good first car with a few more miles on the clock. Some of the best first cars for under £3,000 include:

The Vauxhall Corsa has always been a popular first car for new drivers, with some hatchback models in insurance groups 1 and 2.It’s possible to pick up a post-2010 model that’s covered less than 50,000 miles.

The entry-level Chevrolet Spark is cheap to insure as it’s in group 1, and you can pick up a model in good condition under your budget.

Also in insurance group 1, the Citroen C1 is another cheap first car. For just under £3,000, you can easily find a 2010-11 registration C1 in good condition.

Best first cars under £1,000

It’s possible to get a good first car for under £1,000 if you do your research — but bear in mind these are likely to be older models so could be subject to more repair bills. If you’re looking for a cheap first car and choose an older vehicle, make sure you have adequate breakdown cover.

Skoda’s 1.2-litre Fabia Classic, Silverline and Blueline models are in insurance group 2, and you can pick up a 2006 version in triple figures.

The 1.1-litre Fiat Panda is in the lowest insurance group — it’s affordable to buy too, with examples from 2009 coming in under budget.

The 1.2-litre VW Polo from 2002 onwards is in insurance group 3. You can get a 2006 model for less than £1,000, making it a great option for those looking for a cheap first car with the desirable VW badge.


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