The most common car used for driving lessons is the Opel Corsa. Other small cars like the Opel Astra, Ford Fiesta, Ford Escort, some instructors use Mini’s or another host of smaller range of cars. If you look you can get driving schools that specifically promote that they instruct in larger cars; especially targeted for taller learner drivers.
So once you pass your test, what sort of car should you go about getting?
Of course budget plays a large part but there are a number of things that you should consider.
Horsepower of the car – younger ‘lads’ would be well impressed with acceleration of a car and if you are used to handle acceleration then this would be fine. If you are used to driving a car from the driving school and then you jump straight into a sporty car; you might end up in trouble. Every car drives differently and a light tap on the accelerator affects each car differently.
Size of car – a huge SUV need much more space on the road. It can take time to get your bearings in with such a large car so it is recommended to take it in gradients. Say from a Fiesta to a Focus, then a Saloon and from there an SUV or MPV if that suits your needs.
Once you have your license you can buy any legal roadworthy car, but one thing to also consider is your insurance. Insurance costs are a legal requirement in order for your car to be on the road and changes from car to car and from driver to driver.
A 20 year old guy who has just passed his test is going to have a very different rate to a girl of 30 who has just passed her test. Statistically he is much more of a risk so his premium will automatically be much higher than hers.
At the same time, an insurance company may refuse to insure a new driver on a high spec sports car due to the risk involved; they may see the fact that a new driver has a high likelihood of crashing a Ferrari.
When buying a 2nd hand car it is important that you check to make sure that it doesn’t have any outstanding finance on it, that the mileage is accurate and isn’t a salvaged wreck put together. There are a number of websites that you can check a car’s history on such as Motorcheck. There is a lot you should get yourself familiar with prior to buying a 2nd hand car to ensure it is safe and sound and doesn’t haunt you later.
What was your first car and what did you look out for/attracted you to it? Any pitfalls?