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  1. Default Exotic sports car.

    I am taking my driving test next month and if I pass then I want to buy a car. My budget is £1500 max. I live in a very hilly area so it will need good control and it has to be reliable as I can't afford to keep repairing it.
    Can anyone suggest a good first car?
    Also, can anyone give me a few pointers as to what to look out for?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default where to begin

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    There's not going to be a magic perfect car out there, its all going to depend upon what's available where you're looking. I would say looking for an "exotic sports car" would probably be about the worst thing you could buy, considering your limited budget and desire to keep repair costs low. A nice standard family sedan will give you the best bang for your buck, and will likely have the lowest repair cost.

    Speaking of which, I would withhold a little bit of money for repair costs. With your budget, finding a car that doesn't need any repairs will be virtually impossible. Its better to have a little money set aside for the inevitable then to max out your budget and then be stuck with a car you can't drive because you don't have any money to fix it.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Keithville, LA

    Default Sedan with a Large Engine

    My first and now second car are Ford Tauruses, but they've each had the equivalent of a Mustang Engine. I think it's called a "Sport" Taurus. You might be able to pick up an older one of those or whatever the equivalent is that you can find. But I don't think you're going to be able to get a "cool" car made within the last ten years that's reliable on your budget. Sure, you can pick up a cool older car, but then the repair bills will be an issue.

    Good luck with your search and let us know what you come up with.


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    Where are you located? From the fact you are quoting your budget in Stirling I am guessing you are in the UK?

    I'm afraid that you're not going to get a huge amount for that money - certainly nothing exotic - and your options are going to be very limited. You could perhaps look for an old MR2 or MX5 (preferred - rear wheel drive!) but, personally, I'd be looking for something like a good solid 3-series BMW. If you go for something with a 2 litre engine you will still get some reasonable performance and it won't be as thrashed as a 1.6 or 1.8.

    Of course there are insurance implications with all these options and reality dictates that you go for something like a 306 or Focus.

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