I have finally after many more attempts than I would have liked, passed my driving test! Later this month I will turn 20 and if I am not lucky enough to be bought a car by my parents then I will be looking to buy my own. I'll be looking for something cheap to insure (well as cheap as humanly possible for a 20 year old) and run as I'm a student. I'll be using the car mainly for going back and forth from home to uni which is a long old way (Essex to Cardiff!). I'm not sure what a budget would be yet as I could do a 50/50 deal with the parents but let's say there was a budget of £6,000 for car and insurance (Insurance on most things whether 1.2 or 1.6 seems to be about 1,500 to 2,000). i'm a pretty mature human being so don't be afraid to suggest something over 1.0 litre in fear that I will park it in a tree!
The only thing that my parents have vetoed outright is a classic Mini. I mounted a an assault to buy one last year but the parents (rightly I suppose) put their foot down on the basis that the crumple zone of a classic mini is your face.
Would really like some friendly advice as there seems to be a dizzying array of options!
All the best,