Buying your first car is an important decision. Usually, when you buy your first car, you’re working with a budget. Unless, of course, you’re lucky enough that your parents are going to buy it for you. Even then, though, they probably have a fixed price that they will not go over. So you might think that your options when you buy your first car are quite limited. As you’re about to discover, that’s far from the case. The car market is massive. There are countless options for you to choose from, no matter how tight your budget might be.
Before we get into specific cars that we might recommend. Let’s think about what you might want from your first vehicle. As much as you hate to admit it, fuel efficiency has to be a major deciding factor. As we said, when buying your first car your finances are limited. You don’t want to end up wasting a lot of money on petrol. Then there’s the insurance to consider. If you make the wrong choice, car insurance is going to cost a fortune. Choosing the right car, with the correct company can make this an easily affordable bill. Now that we’ve got the boring bits out of the way let’s think about what really matters. You might think that if you have a car, you’re automatically cool. Not true. There are always going to be losers with cars. Don’t worry; we’ll make sure that you avoid the duds. Now let’s look at the cars that we would recommend for your first time out on the road.
The Vauxhall Corsa is a great place to start. If you’ve got some time on your hands, we certainly recommend that you head down to a local dealership and take this one for a spin. The 2016 design for this car is quite stylish and has a contemporary feel. It has a wide grill that stretches across the front like a big smiley face. At the back, there is a slight, yet endearing tail wing. It’s a compact car but unlike some of the other choices for your first vehicle, it won't be an embarrassing sight outside your friend's house.
If we’re thinking about practicality, this car is a great choice for two reasons. The first is that it’s very efficient. You won’t constantly be stopping for petrol. The second is that it’s cheap to insure. Both are because you can buy this car with a 1.0 litre engine. Pricing is pretty good too, and you can pick one up at just under 9,000. Of course, for your first you’re probably thinking about buying second hand. If that’s the case, you’ll be able to find one for a far more reasonable 1500. In short, this could be a brilliant first car. It ticks all the boxes, but there are other options.
Another friendly little car is the Toyota Yaris. Straight away, you’ll notice this car has a unique style. The low suspension allows the body to stick to the ground beautifully. It also has quite a fun design with a jump bumper that juts out and boxy headlights. It’s slightly smaller than the Vauxhall; however, fuel efficiency is more or less the same. It will get you about 61 mpg which isn’t too bad compared to the competition on the market. If you are on a budget, this could be a great choice. It can be picked up second hand for under 1,000 and still in good condition. You can easily find a Currie Motors used Toyota online for a great price. Do not make the mistake of buying one for less than 500. It’s highly unlikely that a car selling this cheap will start every time.
Again, this car seems to tick off all of the boxes. It’s got the looks, the efficiency and the price. One thing we haven’t talked about is whether or not it’s fun to drive. This is an important consideration when choosing your first car. Don’t forget you’re probably going to be stuck with it for a couple of years. Lucky for you if you choose this car you’re in for a real treat. The handling makes this car a pleasure to drive and fun to take around the corners. You could even take it to the tracks and have a blast. Don’t expect too much from the acceleration because it will take 15 seconds to get from 0-60 mph. However, that by no means makes it a bad vehicle.
If you’re not tied down by a budget, do yourself a favour and spend a lot more for a better machine. The Mini is an excellent choice for a first car if you can afford it. The looks are iconic, having appeared in a number of Hollywood films including The Italian Job. For under 20,000 a Mini is as close as you get to a real street racer. That said, make no mistake, this one is going to cost you. Insurance alone will take its toll, but there is no denying this is a stylish choice.
Handling is fantastic too. You’ll be able to keep a tight line on the road and on the track. Although, that’s not to say the Mini doesn’t have its problems. It does and humorously one of these issues is the size. The Mini does not have a lot of space for other things, and you would expect a car that is this expensive to offer more. Still, you’re sure to be popular with this one and at 60 mpg you won't be stopping too often for fuel.
Now let’s look at one of the cheapest cars to insure, the Smart FourFour. We’ve covered the most expensive, so we might as well look at one of the cheapest. Is it stylish? That’s debatable and probably comes down to opinion. We think it has quite a unique design, although we can’t help noting, you don’t see many of these on the road. Possibly, because they haven’t been produced for four years. Now they are being introduced back into the market with a completely different looks and specs.
As the car was built by Mercedes, you can expect a German build quality without the typical Mercedes price tag. Although that doesn’t mean your friends are going to think, you own a Mercedes. It may be made by the same company, but it is not the same type of car. Is it a good first car? If it weren't, we wouldn’t be recommending it. Fuel efficiency is brilliant, and the price alone means that it is worth considering.
Based on looks alone, the Fiat would not win our vote for your first car. However, it does have one advantage over the other choices. It has a massive amount of space. Essentially, you are buying a mini people carrier. We believe it’s perfect for people who are buying their first car just as they are about to start a family. That aside, it certainly isn’t gonna win any beauty contests.
The Fiat Panda is still a pleasure to drive and has fantastic handling. Even though you won’t be able to reach high speeds, you can still have a lot of fun in this vehicle. You will also save money on the car insurance with prices that rival our other choices. The Panda is also a smart choice due to its reliability. You’ll be thankful for the fewer trips to the mechanic with this choice.
We hope you buy one of these cars for your first-time solo on the road.