For experienced drivers, there might be all sorts of factors that govern their decisions for buying their next car. But young drivers and learner drivers have their own particular set of needs for their very first vehicle. If that’s you, you’ll want something that’s cheap to buy, economical to run, and easy to drive. Some cars fit that description better than others - and you can find them right here in our online salvage car auctions. Three of our top suggestions are below!
This one probably comes as no surprise, as it’s been the UK’s best selling car for quite some years now, and for good reason! It’s got all the hallmarks of a great starter car, and its universal appeal is largely thanks to its reasonable buying price and running costs. It’s also famously easy to drive, and comes with a raft of safety tech - reassuring for new drivers (not to mention their parents). This includes as many as seven airbags and Electronic Stability Control. In the newest models, there’s also a handy feature called MyKey, which even allows parents to restrict the speed of the car.
A 292 litre boot also offers decent carrying capacity, and it can actually be expanded to 1093 litres with the seats down. If you opt for a lower powered Fiesta, it’ll also sit in the lower insurance group, allowing you to save money on what can often be a particularly sizeable cost for learner drivers.
The Vauxhall Corsa is another nigh-on inevitable addition to our list of the best cars for new drivers. It’s easy to see why - the visibility is good and it’s easy to drive, and even though it has a relatively large engine compared to other cars of a similar class, it still manages to reach 55.4 miles per gallon, so its running costs are equally low. It’s nicely inexpensive and highly affordable. It’s also well known for being durable and reliable, and stands up well to being badly driven occasionally - one of the many things that makes it such a favourite of driving instructors and examiners! Plus, its competitive 74bhp puts it into Group 3 insurance, which is always welcome news for learner drivers.
The Seat Ibiza has famously sporty aesthetics, which alone are enough to make it appeal to a wide range of teenage drivers as they start to gain independence. This sporty feel runs more than skin-deep, though - it’s pretty nimble, having been based on a lightweight, high-tech platform that’s available solely as a five door. As one of the larger cars in its class, it has plenty of legroom for passengers (handy for young drivers to give their mates lifts around town) as well as plenty of boot space, which comes in useful when it comes to moving out to university, or from flat to flat. Older new drivers also often find that it can be effortlessly adapted to family life too, as its boot storage space makes it great for family days out, holidays, or even just a trip across town to see Grandma.
These are just a few of our suggestions of course - you might well have a few of your own! You’ll certainly find plenty of bargains amongst our stock right here at RAW2K - we’ve got models from a range of leading global manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Nissan and Peugeot. Our car auctions are refreshed on a daily and weekly basis, so even if you don’t find what you’re looking for at first, it might well pop up! Why not take a look around, and see what you can find?