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Losing your Car Virginity the Right Way!

January 31, 2014

As part of our beginner guide to motoring – the best cars for new drivers, from the nation’s favourite to the oldest and cheapest cars available to you.
Here are your quick links to the rest of the guide:

Now I know you want your first to be special, with the curvy stylish crush you have had since forever – but it’s time to be realistic. Don’t dive straight in and go after a model that’s out of your league without the experience to back you up.
Sometimes it’s better to go with experience and age as you learn the ropes – rather than driving on egg shells praying not to damage your baby. Start working on your skill set with these first time favourites:

1. The Girl Next door – Vauxhall Corsa
As the Nations favourite first car, the Corsa has much to offer. The small engine makes it perfect for new drivers in both cities and rural areas. Buying one new even offers bonuses for new drivers in the form of money off the sticker price or one year of free insurance!


Price: £3,000 – £8,000
Engine size : 1L
Tax Band: E (£125.00 per/year)

2. Good things come in small packages – Ford Fiesta
The nifty Ford Fiesta has been around for a long time updating every few years. This makes it easy for you to find one second hand. Although it’s been around the main reason they are still popular is because they are reliable.  The engine is a little bigger than the Corsa and for this reason the Fiesta is always popular as a good first car for boys who want to add a huge exhaust and race between the traffic lights.


Price: £5,000 – £10,000
Engine size: 1.2L
Tax Band: D (£105.00 per/year)

3. The cheap date – Ford Ka
Quite a new car in comparison to the other more well-known cars mentioned in this piece but don’t be put off. This is a great little car for those of us with little in the funds depart, its low tax and minimal running costs it works wonders on a strapped budget. The ladies favourite and definitely a good first car for girls.


Price: £900 – £5,000
Engine size: 1.2L
Tax Band: C (£30.00 per/year)

4. Phone number please?  – Volkswagen Up
The Volkswagen Up hasn’t been around as long as the others but that won’t get it down. Not only does it a looker but it has a tax bracket of B. That’s £20.00 road tax for a year and if that’s not a good reason to consider the VW up then we don’t know what is.


Price: £5,000 – £10,000
Engine size: 1L
Tax Band: B (£20.00 per/year)

5. The makeover effect – Citron C1 /Toyota Aygo / Peugeot 107
Oh yeah! This car is so great that three different manufactures took the same undercarriage and simply changed the shell a little. Another car in tax band B so it’s up there with the VW Up but a few grand cheaper.   


Price: £3,000 – £6,000
Engine size: 1.0L
Tax Band: B (£20.00 per/year)

6. Child hood sweetheart – Classic Mini
We all know the Mini. It’s been with us since childhood and will be around long after we are gone. With many reinventions is still keeps its distinctive shape that we all know and love. Cheap to buy, cheap to insure and if it breaks down you can simply go and buy another! And if it was registered before 1973 it’s tax exempt. What else can we say it’s a Mini? It’s all you need to know!


Price: £200 – £5000
Engine size: 1.6L
tax Band: G (£175.00 per/year) or FREE! (for pre-73 models)
If you’re looking for the perfect first car these are only some of the many suggestions out there. Shop around and test drive as many as possible to find the right fit for you. If you are looking at the cheapest options – Stop! Most cheap cars are old and may have underlying problems which reduce the price but ultimately will only cause headaches later. 

If you need help to buy the car that will look after you then take a look at Car loan Warehouse’s finance options. Pick the car you actually want instead of settling for the cheapest and find a loan for the car which provides that reliability you deserve.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.