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Buy a BMW auto.

Very reliable,

You can get a 316 model for around a grand.

The poor sods just passed his test, and you're going to put him in a 1.6 litre?

I'm 18, and i passed in September 2010, was 17 and half, and i bought a fiesta (not in red 'http://www.dcfcfans.co.uk/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':P' /> ) which is a 1.25 litre and i love it, I think you can get them in automatics.

I bought mine from the ad-mag, bought it at 9 o clock as soon as it came out on the wednesday or saturday issue and rifled through it quickly and started ringing, i'd bought the car by 11. Which is what i'd recommend, because if you ring themup and have some young punk on the phone you can air on the side of caution with that car.

Personally i'd avoid all french/italian cars, and stick to simple cars such as Ford or Vauxhall, if something goes wrong there easy to fix and won't cost the earth, and don't go wrong as much as other european cars: Renault, Fiat etc.

You can pick up Vauxhall corsa 1.2, fiesta 1.25, Nissan Micra (which would go forever) for all under £1,000

[url=http://www.autotrader.co.uk/search/used/cars/postcode/de76el/radius/1500/engine-size-cars/1l_to_1-3l/sort/priceasc/transmission/automatic/seller-type/private_adverts/price-to/1000/page/3]http://www.autotrader.co.uk/search/used/cars/postcode/de76el/radius/1500/engine-size-cars/1l_to_1-3l/sort/priceasc/transmission/automatic/seller-type/private_adverts/price-to/1000/page/3 - a few examples, but like i said i'd use ad-mag there 90% private and you could negotiate a bit more on price and you can see the owner etc to get a better idea of the life the cars had.

Sorry bit of a motor geek 'http://www.dcfcfans.co.uk/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='B)' />

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If you buy a car older than 15 years old, then you can get Classic Car Insurance.

I drive a BMW 735i, fully comp, for £231 a year.

I drive a 1.6 berlingo passed my test last year & my insurance is £216 a month plus I had to pay £360 upfront I got shafted

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I was a Mini gal (car, not skirt).

I drive an automatic now, wasn't keen at first, thought it was a sign of getting old, but I would never go back to manual unless it was something loud and sporty.

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Took me 4 years to pass my test, 2 theories and 11 practicals and 1 abandoned test (Burst the car tyre on a dual carriageway). Got failed on some silly things. Remember flying through a test then being told I'd failed on auxiliary controls, the back window had steamed up too much according to the examiner. Then to hear that my mates at the time had hit kerbs and stalled 3 times and still passed pissed me off no end!

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