Was that photo taken somewhere in MK?I passed my test first time after 8 lessons in 1992, but I didn’t get a car until the next year when I needed it to get to college. I was pretty open minded about what I wanted except it shouldn’t be gold, so I got a champagne gold 1983 3 door Renault 11 GTL 1.4.
I did 1000 miles in the first week, without going more than about 15 miles from home.
First week of college, I went to pick up my friend and his mum reversed out of her drive, turned 90 degrees and broadsided me with her rear end. New door and rear panel required. Insurance said it was a write off due to cost, paid out but let me keep the car, which I only realised years later was strange. A friend who worked in a Renault dealership fixed it up in his spare time for the insurance money.
It was a pretty good car, took the hammering I gave it for 6 years, main cost was drive shaft gaiters. I took it to uni with me as my parents don’t drive, the student house I lived in was quite unusual as 4 out of the 6 of us had cars.
I loved that car, I never saw another with the combination of 3 doors and body side trim. I doubt there are any on the road now.
It’s claim to fame was that, for a while, it regularly carried the future wife of a 90210 star!
I replaced it with a 1989 BMW 525 Se which was a whole other ball game, but still an old car.
That used to be normal enough for minor damage to a vehicle with low market value "Beyond Economic Repair" at normal commercial rates. I dont know whether it still happens.Insurance said it was a write off due to cost, paid out but let me keep the car, which I only realised years later was strange. A friend who worked in a Renault dealership fixed it up in his spare time for the insurance money.
2003 - 2010 Fiat Panda. Dirt cheap to insure both as a new/experienced driver.Something cheap to insure. You might find that getting something that isn't a typical first car might be cheaper to insure than a Fiesta or Corsa.
2003 - 2010 Fiat Panda. Dirt cheap to insure both as a new/experienced driver.
Group 4 & cheap to maintain/run. Some good condition/high spec models about for cheap if you look.
Mine (as mentioned above), a Vauxhall Agila (Suzuki Wagon R+ clone) was group 2 - because that type of car is mainly driven by old people it is considered very low risk.
Classics can often be surprisingly cheap too because people tend to take great care of them.
One suspects a few of those 30 year old horses have bolted!
I had a D reg Peugeot 205 GL with a 1.1l engine,
until an elderly gent reversed down the side of it in the Maltings car park in St Albans and it went off to meet it's maker.