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Trigger_happy
24-09-07, 20:34
I know its a bit early, with me not being 17 yet and all, but it takes me forever to make up my mind. What was everyone's first car, and what do you UK guys think about the Ford Puma as a first car? How much should I spend on a new car, how much would the insurance be about, and any tips? Pics would be great:D

Cheers guys.

Fish.
24-09-07, 20:52
Hey mate :wve:

How much are you planning to spend on a new car?

Voni
24-09-07, 20:59
My first car was a 99 reg Toyota Yaris, it cost me 3 grand but it's well worth it, it's never broken down on me (although it has needed a few repairs, as all cars do). I've been told by several people that Japanese cars are the most reliable.

My dad keeps saying that the best thing to do is get a brand new car on some sort of payment plan, then replace it after three years when the warantee (sp?) runs out. At least that way you've got guaranteed breakdown cover and repairs for however long the warantee lasts for.

Earthcane
24-09-07, 21:10
This is my ideal car :


http://i23.************/cjqc2



LOL!!

clairelovestlc
24-09-07, 22:34
I had a vauxhall corsa for my first car, loved it to bits. Totally reliable, relatively ok to insure and could fit tons in it!

What ever you get ( age depending) insurance on your first car is going to be expensive.

My dad is the same as yours Vonni he wont go near a second hand car. My Corsa i bought brand new ( think it was about 9 grand), sold when it was a year old bought a Peugeot 206cc, which has just turned 2 years old, and i have just sold to buy a 207cc ( which i should get in a few weeks). We always buy new and sell before warranty runs out.

Each to there own though! cars depreciate the second you drive them off the forecourt so i often wonder what the point of buying brand new is!

You could always go nearly new if your finances permit something that's 6 months-1 year old, so has already done its massive depreciation in price, but will still be pretty much new and come with a guarantee :)

Draco
24-09-07, 23:23
My first car (that I owned) was a 1985 Mercury Grand Marquis.

The car I have now is a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis.

I loathe little cars.

Geck-o-Lizard
24-09-07, 23:32
Hatchbacks? I agree; they're horrible.


I'd advise you get a cheap used car in good condition, disregard its model and colour, and use it for a couple of years til you're no longer a novice driver. That's my plan, anyway. I'll get a secondhand car and save up for a proper vehicle, which I'll buy once I'm experienced on the road. It seems like a really dumb idea to me to buy a brand spanking new car the day you pass your test, then total it a week later because you're still a newbie on the road.

CroftScionGuard
24-09-07, 23:34
Hatchbacks? I agree; they're horrible.


I'd advise you get a cheap used car in good condition, disregard its model and colour, and use it for a couple of years til you're no longer a novice driver. That's my plan, anyway. I'll get a secondhand car and save up for a proper vehicle, which I'll buy once I'm experienced on the road. It seems like a really dumb idea to me to buy a brand spanking new car the day you pass your test, then total it a week later because you're still a newbie on the road.
May I say that I tottaly agree with you? Remember that good cars are expensive to maintain! Also remember that (not wishing that to anyone but) if someone crashes his/her car, the repair cost is far higher than a second-hand car!

Lara's Backpack
25-09-07, 01:15
For my first and current car I got a Fiat Punto :D

It was on special down here for 20k drive away no dealer delivery ect. And I got a free "skydome" meaning the entire roof is a giant sunroof :D

Im very happy with it, even if learning to drive manual is extremely terrifying.


Hm.. I just went onto their site and the UK actually has a different punto to australia.... we only have what you guys call a 'grande'

http://www.italianauto.net/images/fiat-punto-grande-cabriolet-2b%5B1%5D.jpg
(Mines red ;))

Mr.Burns
25-09-07, 01:47
Anything by Toyota. Never had any problems with them. I currently have a 95 Camry with 162K miles, no problems so far. :D

ben_the_joka
26-09-07, 18:00
my car is a 98 black ford fiesta si, formerly owned by my sister. its my first and current car... but unfortunately i cant drive it because i dont have a license... yet!

zoom zoom!

oh and hatchbacks are definately the way to go! cheaper and often look better! (focus hatchback is soooo much better than the saloon model!)

but a ford puma... nah! it all depends on how much money you have to spend...

Eddie Haskell
26-09-07, 18:16
My first car was a light blue, 1972 Plymouth Barracuda, like the one in the picture here. It was great for a HS kid.

http://www.hubcapcafe.com/i/2000/waconia2000/cuda7201.JPG

It had been hard for me to drive, but lately I am improving and driving is possible. I have owned about 12 cars in my life, the latest is a 2007 Toyota Prius, driftwood pearl color. I love this car, it always surprises me when it needs gas.

Draco
26-09-07, 18:29
1972 Plymouth Barracuda

I wish that had been my first car. :(

Cochrane
26-09-07, 19:12
Mine is an Alfa Romeo 146, it used to be my father's car before this (technically, it still is, but he has a newer one now. However, he is still the one who pays insurance, very convenient). In theory, a smaller car would have worked just as well for me, but since this one was readily available, I'm not complaining. It can drive fast, too, and carry lots of stuff, so all is well.

Voni
26-09-07, 19:16
Clearly Toyotas are the best. TOYOTA DRIVERS UNITE! :P

Chug a Bug
26-09-07, 20:00
I know its a bit early, with me not being 17 yet and all, but it takes me forever to make up my mind. What was everyone's first car, and what do you UK guys think about the Ford Puma as a first car? How much should I spend on a new car, how much would the insurance be about, and any tips? Pics would be great:D

Cheers guys.

My first car: an ancient Austin Metro (I was a teenager! I was poor!)
Puma: good choice but as a first car... not sure.
How much should you spend? As much as you can.
Insurance? Astronomical! The smaller and slower the car the cheaper the insurance basically. Insurance companies do not like 17 year olds. Someone I know was quoted 1000+ which was a good deal more than the car was worth. Ouch.
No pics exist of my first car! (thank goodness.)

Hatchbacks are great! I wouldn't drive anything else.

Eddie Haskell
26-09-07, 20:31
My first car: an ancient Austin Metro (I was a teenager! I was poor!)
Puma: good choice but as a first car... not sure.
How much should you spend? As much as you can.
Insurance? Astronomical! The smaller and slower the car the cheaper the insurance basically. Insurance companies do not like 17 year olds. Someone I know was quoted 1000+ which was a good deal more than the car was worth. Ouch.
No pics exist of my first car! (thank goodness.)

Hatchbacks are great! I wouldn't drive anything else.

Hatchbacks are more practical. Americans are sometimes too dense to realize that. Some still live in the stone age of automobiles and prefer trunks.

star-dust
27-09-07, 01:30
I love hatch backs.

I don't actually have my drivers license,
I am still a 'learner' so I can't get my actual
license till June here where I live...

But my first car that I will have
(it currently resides beside my house
with no insurance and such...)
is a 1993 Geo Tracker!

We've had it forever! We use to drive
it all the time till my mom got a new car
and now it is being kept for me! :)

But, it is so cheap on gas and such,
and we have never had any mechanical
problems with it; so therefore it's
really grreeeat.:) :p

tomobond875
27-09-07, 16:06
i want one of these for my first car.:jmp: http://www.car-vs-car.de/images/resized/9zsgf20.JPG puma: yeah, they look awesome!!!!