Buying and running your first car


Owning a car is expensive for anyone, especially for new drivers.

There are plenty of decisions that you need to be make, the most important one is to start off with the right car. There are some very good honest dealers and unfortunately some who are just crooks so you have to be very careful.

Note that no car manufacturer makes just one of any model so don’t settle for the first car you see, look at several so you can make a comparison on their condition as well as the sound and feel of the car when you test drive it.

If the seller seems dodgy, the car is too cheap or there is anything else that makes you suspicious, then walk away, there will be plenty more to choose from.

It’s easy to buy the wrong car, which could be very difficult to sort out later. You can’t get your money back from someone who has disappeared.

Here is some help in choosing the right car for you…

If you expect to do high mileage, say because of your job, then do not buy a cheap car with high mileage. It makes sense to look for something with lower mileage that will be more comfortable on longer journeys.

However, if you only have to travel a few miles every day then a car with high mileage, which has been well maintained, will be fine.

Below are the major costs involved in owning a car

  • Car Tax
  • MOT test
  • Car insurance
  • Fuel
  • Servicing and Repairs

To find out about the running costs of your first car click here

Used Car Search

Used car options based on budget

Have a look at some relevant used cars for your budget...

First time driver used cars or used cars for those on a tight budget Under £2000

Used cars available for buyers with a budget from £2000 to £6000

Used cars available at our Bournemouth showroom priced from £6000 to £12000

Newer used cars and prestige used cars at our Bournemouth showroom from £12000 & Above

Ideal First Car

VOLKSWAGEN POLO Hatchback 1.4 16V 5DR

Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V 5dr

Price: Year/Reg: Mileage: Engine size: Fuel type: Gearbox: Body style: Colour:
£1,490 1997 (R) 101,000 1.4L Petrol Manual Hatchback Metallic Green

Other features - Very good condition throughout, Power steering, Height adjustable drivers seat, Electric windows, Central locking, Airbags, Alarm, CD Player, Folding rear seats. Hpi Clear, Comprehensive Warranties, All Cards Accepted.

Please call Darren on 07971 289371 or Anthony on 07831 816672

   01202 530100
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