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Summary: Thinking of buying a used car? There are some checks you can carry out online that will help you avoid potential problems later down the line! Read on, fine people!

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So you’ve got a used car in your sights but you’ve read loads of horror stories online about people driving away in a used car and the engine fell out, right?

I hear you but don’t worry, there are different ways to check that you are getting a used car that is above board. Have a read below at what you can do online to save yourself any hassle!

Hooray for the DVLA! Those guys have built up a database worth its weight in gold – all you need to do is click here then type in the vehicle’s registration and it will give you;

When the current tax  and MOT expires
The date the car was registered
SORN status (if applicable)
Engine size
Year of Manufacture
CO2 emissions
Current vehicle tax rate (You will need
the V5C certificate to get this information)

And if that isn’t juicy enough, you can also get more specific information about the vehicle’s MOT history by entering the registration number on this page here. Get crackin’ Sherlock!

If you are a little unsure how to go about buying a used car, check out our Driver’s Guide to Buying A Used Car – you’ll be an expert in no time!

And don’t forget to have a look at our huge range of used cars!



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Title: What To Look For When Buying a Used Car

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Summary: It's sage advice that you should go and see a used car before you buy it, but apart from walking around the vehicle nodding, do we really know what to look out for? Well, with this handy checklist, now you will!

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Let’s get straight in to what you should be looking out for when you go to inspect a used car!

– Have a look at the mileage of the car. On the average, a normal driver will drive between 10,000 to 15,000 miles (16,000 to 24,000 km) a year; however, this depends on many factors and should be considered a guide only.

– Check for any indications that the vehicle has been in an accident  (i.e. dents, scratches etc)

– Check the cam belt and ask when it was changed/due to be changed. (For those who aren’t sure, a cam belt, or timing belt, is a rubber belt with teeth that synchronises some bits that makes your car go. If it goes kaput, it could cost you a lot in terms of repair so it’s worth checking out!)

– Are the tyres legal? The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre and you can check this using a 20p coin.

– Have a snoop inside the boot of the car, looking for rust or damp.

– Test out the headlights, brake lights and indicators on the car.

– Pay close attention to the windscreen, as any chips or cracks could cost you a pretty penny in repairs later down the line.

– When you start the engine, keep an eye out for excessive exhaust smoke and listen out for any unsavoury noises!

– Take it for a test drive! There is no better way to get a feel of a car than to put it in gear and  go for a spin.

– When out and about, make sure the steering doesn’t pull to the side on a straight piece of road.

– Try using the handbrake on a hill start – there should be no slippage

– Listen out for any ‘crunching’ when changing gear and the clutch shouldn’t be too high, as this could indicate it will need replacing soon.

This list is by no means exhaust-ive (ah thank you) but this should give you a bit of an idea of what to look for when you go to check out a used car!

If you are on the fence about buying a used car, check out 5 Reasons To Buy a Used Car or if you are unsure how to go about buying a used car, have a peek at our Driver’s Guide to Buying a Used Car!

Author: Bristol Street Motors

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Summary: Congratulations! You've passed your driving test and you are ready to hit the road! But which car to choose? Read on as we round up the top 5 used cars for new drivers!

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Whether you passed 1st time or 21st time, we salute you for finally getting that blue certificate! The world is your oyster, you just need to get a set of wheels. But which are the best for you?

Of course, it’s down to you which car you buy but we’ve pulled together the top 5 used cars (in no particular order) to give you an idea of what’s on offer. Enjoy!


Ford Fiesta



This comfortable supermini is refined, practical and super fun to drive which makes it a dream for new drivers!
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Low running costs for this versatile city car mean it’s easy on your pocket, not to mention it’s nimble handling in rush hour. Ooosh.
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Although slightly more expensive, you won’t be sorry when you see the high quality cabin and safety kit. These details make it a serious contender for any new driver’s attention!
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Deceptively spacious, there is room for four people which means you can be designated driver amongst your pals, at least until the novelty wears off!
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This car boasts great practicality and is perfect for anyone looking for their first car. It fairs as well on motorways as it does zipping around city streets, with good visibility for parking! Ideal!
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If none of these tick your boxes, take a look at our huge used car range. There is something for everyone!

Make sure you take a gander at our Driver’s Guide To Buying A Used Car too!

Author: Bristol Street Motors

Title: 5 Reasons To Buy a Used Car

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Summary: Ever considered buying a used car? Whether you are looking for a change or just passed your test, here are 5 reasons why you should buy a used car!

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Although we all love something brand spanking new, sometimes ‘used’ isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be, especially when it comes to cars. A little research and time spent, and you could bag yourself an absolute bargain on the forecourt. Here are the 5 reasons we would buy a used car!


1. Money – In a world where the green stuff talks, we are all looking to get as much as we can for our money. If you have a limited budget, buying a used car could be your best bet, plus it minimises depreciation so you won’t lose out too much on the value of the car!

2. Purpose – Whether you have just passed your test or just need a little run around to get you from A to B, having a used car is less likely to cause anxiety about the inevitable ‘first scratch’.

3. Condition – Another pro of buying a used car is you should be given the full service history so you can see exactly what work has been done before you sign on the dotted line. There are also approved used cars, which go through rigorous checks and tests, to give used car buyers piece of mind.

4. Choice – There is nothing better than having lots of options and considering buying a used car means you have the back catalogue of motoring goodness to look through. Plus these days, cars are being built to last so its likely that you may get something a little more modern for a fraction of the original price. Ideal!

5. Special Use – If you are buying a car for another reason, like off-roading or maybe you are a collector, used cars are the way to go!

So there you have it, 5 reasons to buy a used car. If we’ve sparked your interest, take a look at our range of used cars and don’t be afraid to get in touch!

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Summary: Looking for a new car to cater for all members of the family, including Fido? Then look no further as we give you the top 5 cars for dog owners! You'd be barking not to have a look!

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Looking for a new car to cater for all members of the family, including Fido? Then look no further as we give you the top 5 cars for dog owners!

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In terms of space and value for money, the Dacia Logan MCV has to be considered.  Plenty of room for your pet, and this one won’t break the bank.

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This spacious and comfortable SUV offers the option of a specially designed Paw Pack, which includes a ramp to give dogs easy access to the boot, a boot liner, a storage rack for leads and other doggy bits and bobs, a spill-resistant water bowl and a dog bed!

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Skoda Superb Estate

A super comfortable ride, and an enormous 660 litre boot make this one a top contender!

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With a wide opening, low load lip and boot level, it will make jumping in and out of the car a breeze for your four-legged friend!

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Kia Sportage 1.6 GDi 130 1

Similar in size and shape to the Nissan X-Trail, the Kia Sportage is a family vehicle with a shed load of space and an affordable price tag. What’s not to like?!

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Summary: When buying a new or used car, many people overlook one key aspect of a car’s appeal: its potential for being a future classic.

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When buying a new or used car, many people overlook one key aspect of a car’s appeal: its potential for being a future classic. The most obvious benefit of gaining the title of ‘classic’ is that a car will hold its value excellently, and may in some cases even increase in value. So, what makes a car a classic? There’s no solid definition, but the general consensus is that a classic car is an older vehicle with enough of a history that it is considered worth collecting and restoring as it ages. A car that is over a hundred years old will typically be considered an antique, and will be incredibly desirable to collectors.

Another important factor in determining a car’s likelihood to become a future classic is the amount of acclaim the car has received in classic car magazines. While there is no single authority able to dictate what a classic car is, these magazines are trusted voices on the issue, and any car they throw their weight behind will usually find its selling price staying extremely strong.

Many people in the UK spend time purchasing cars that are currently unpopular albeit unique, in the hopes that as the years roll by, the price tag will roll up. For example, a well looked after, high-end trim of a car with a value impacted by high running costs would be a likely candidate for eventual classic status. In these situations, it’s best to purchase the car while it is new and affordable, then to wait until they become older, rarer, and more collectible. In many respects, it’s a well-informed venture: buying the right car and playing the waiting game.

So which cars should you be looking at? Across various classic car publications, there is some shared agreement on cars which are likely to hold/increase in value in the not-so-distant future. Here are a handful of examples to give you an idea of the kind of cars you should be looking into.

Mazda MX5


The MX5 should by rights be a classic already, owing to its sterling reputation and its rave reviews from critics and fans alike. However, high production numbers means that the price does not yet reflect the car’s high status. Over the next few years, as more models are retired, it’s highly possible we will see the price rise as classic status creeps in.

Ford Capri


If you see one of these going for a good price, don’t hesitate to snap it up. The endlessly cool Capri was all the rage throughout the 70’s, but production had petered out by 1986 due to a change in the style of the time. There are only several hundred left on the UK’s roads today, and, while still comparatively wallet-friendly, their value has almost doubled in the past 18 months alone. Is it any surprise when they just look so… awesome?

Peugeot 205 GTi


Well maintained 205 GTi’s are already seeing their value slowly creep higher, making it a strong contender for future classic car status. The 205 has been showered with critical acclaim since its initial production, having been declared ‘Car of the Decade’ by CAR Magazine in 1990. The GTi version was arguably Peugeot’s most successful GTi of all time – and they’re still reasonably affordable.

Renaultsport Clio 182 ‘Trophy’


The 182 Trophy may look like your average Clio at a glance, but don’t be fooled: only 500 were ever produced for the UK, and it is widely considered one of the greatest hot hatches of all time.  These are two reasons why the 182 Trophy seems destined for a place on the classic car podium.

Alfa Romeo 156 GTA


The 3.2-litre Busso V6 engine and the stunning exteriors of the 156 meant that it was snapped up by car enthusiasts as soon as it went on sale. This typically means low mileage units are fairly easy to find, which can work wonders in helping a car become a future classic.

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Title: Five Things to Consider When Buying a New Car

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Summary: Today’s new cars come with a variety of financing options, from contract purchase, to leasing, to hire purchase, all of which allow you to split the cost of a car into affordable chunks. That means you’ve been thinking you can’t afford a brand new car, you might very well be wrong.

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Is there any better feeling than driving home in a brand new car?

The beauty of buying new is the huge potential for customisation that’s available to you. As well as choosing the make and manufacturer, you have the opportunity to choose the colour, trim and which features you’d like added – everything from the finish to the on board tech.

As well as allowing you to choose a make and model that fits your exact needs, buying a new car can be more affordable than you might think too. Today’s new cars come with a variety of financing options, from contract purchase, to leasing, to hire purchase, all of which allow you to split the cost of a car into affordable chunks. That means that if you’ve been thinking you can’t afford a brand new car, you might very well be wrong.

With all that in mind, we’ve put together a few points it’s good to have a think about if you’re looking for a new car.

  1. What will you be using the car for?


It may seem a silly question, but the car you need will depend entirely on your lifestyle, and your driving habits. Do you spend hours a day commuting to work down the motorway? Do you spend your mornings taking the kids to school? Do you navigate traffic packed city streets on a daily basis? The type of use the car will be getting can dictate everything you need, from the engine capacity to whether it’s a manual or automatic, to insurance and finance costs.

Luckily, buying new means having a huge range of vehicles to choose from, with options almost tailored to your exact needs. At Bristol Street Motors, we have a wide selection of new cars from 15 manufacturers each selling models to suit a range of lifestyle and needs, whether you’re a new buyer searching for low insurance and the latest tech, or a family wanting to upgrade to a roomier model.

Once you’ve decided your needs, you can begin to get an idea of the class of car you’ll be looking at. Which brings us to our next point…

  1. How much space do you need?


Depending on your situation, you may need a car offering more of less space. A businessperson may be perfectly happy with a two seater roadster, however this car may not be the best choice for the school run. Similarly, if you are a constantly heading out of weekends away, a generous boot space should be high up your list of priorities.

Roof racks and folding seats can have a big impact on a car’s storage capabilities, too. Some cars may seem small at a glance, but a genius seating arrangement can mean that they appear much larger on the inside.

Manufacturers today recognise the range of space requirements that different customers are looking for, and accommodate for this in new models and trims. That’s why when looking at new cars on sale today, you’ll find a wider selection of space options on display than ever before.

  1. Are you comfortable in the car?

Comfort is crucial, especially if you regularly drive long distances, and a large contributor to this is how well the car suits your driving style.

Even if you love the car’s exterior, it’s important to make sure that you’re happy with how your new feels to drive. This is especially true if you’re thinking of buying a class or manufacturer you’ve not previously driven, so when choosing a new car we’d recommend heading out for a test drive before making any final decisions. That way, you can make sure that you’re not just happy with how your new car looks, you’re happy with how it feels too.

  1. Do you need the latest tech?


One of the main advantages of buying a new car is the host of innovative in car tech you’ll receive. A huge number of cars on the market today come with built in infotainment systems, Sat-Nav, and more, with tech designed to make the driving experience easier, more comfortable, safer, or just more interesting!

When looking for a new car, it’s worth getting to grips with new technology you might not be familiar with, and deciding exactly what kind of tech you need in your car. It’s likely that this will be dependent mostly on your personal driving tastes, but budget is also a factor to consider, as some models with the latest technology may come at a slightly higher price points.

Perhaps you prefer driving simplistic and stripped back, or maybe you’d rather enjoy the convenience of gadgets such as reversing cameras, power folding mirrors, and autonomous emergency braking systems. Some in-car tech can add a dash of luxury, too, such as heated steering wheels and memory seats, so think about what tech is important to you.

  1. Does the car suit your style?

After spending so much time considering the practicalities of your new dream car, it’s worth remembering that you may be driving around in it for the next few years. With that in mind, it quickly becomes clear how important it is to purchase a car that you love the look of. The finish, the colour, the bodywork, the alloys and wheel arches: every car is different, and everyone has differing tastes.

You will be spending a large amount of time in your car once purchased, and therefore it’s well worth taking the extra time to find a car that has you brimming with pride when you see it. Whether that means looking for exec style leather interiors, hunting a model with the latest ’66 plates, or picking a colour that reflects your personality is up to you.

For the latest offers, and to start your search for new car that suits you today, check out the manufacturers and models we have on offer here.

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Summary: The UK automotive industry is booming, seeing 38 consecutive months of growth with overall sales increasing year on year. Which makes and models are spearheading this success?

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In 2014, Great Britain recorded its best year for new car sales in a decade, with 2,476,435 registrations recorded. In spite of such a challenging total, 2015 is already delivering favourable results and the automotive industry has now enjoyed 38 consecutive months of growth. But what makes and models are spearheading this success?

To find out, we’ve generated a list of the UK’s top 10 Best Selling Cars of 2015 so far, based on the most up to date figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Take a look at the top 8 best-sellers below, all available to view new and used on the Bristol Street Motors site right now.

  1. Ford Fiesta – 80,494 registrations

The undisputed king of UK car sales for quite some time, the Ford Fiesta’s popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Not only is the Fiesta the best selling car of 2015 so far, it’s also Britain’s best selling car of all time, clocking in at over 4,115,000 sales and counting since it launched in 1976.

Providing great value for money, superb practicality and consistent build quality we’ve come to expect from Ford, there’s a good reason that the Fiesta has become a stalwart of Britain’s roads.

  1. Vauxhall Corsa – 55,011 registrations

Vauxhall Nova

If any car stood a chance of challenging the Ford Fiesta, it could well be the latest Vauxhall Corsa, which has recorded strong sales since launching last year. Since 1983, the model – then under the Nova guise pictured above – has been a favourite amongst families and young drivers alike, with a popularity that spans across generations.

With a design not too different from the previous incarnation, the new Vauxhall Corsa arguably offers a more comfortable drive quality and better fuel economy than its predecessors.

  1. Ford Focus – 52,122 registrations

Yet another well-established and perhaps unsurprising mainstay, the Ford Focus manages to tempt buyers into a purchase with its efficient range of engines and practical yet sleek styling.

The Focus isn’t just popular amongst British motorists either. When attending official events, Pope Francis has been known to ditch the traditional “Popemobile” in preference for a spot in the back seat of a Ford Focus. With the range of great interiors the Focus now offers, we don’t blame him.

  1. Volkswagen Golf – 43,141 registrations

For over 40 years, the Volkswagen Golf has arguably been one of the most celebrated modern hatchbacks on the market, being voted both European car of the year and World car of the year twice.

Its desirability obviously remains today, and the latest model boasts a refined cabin as well as a range of punchy petrol and diesel engines to choose from.

  1. Nissan Qashqai – 38,290 registrations

Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai’s SUV styling and hatchback running costs have obviously resonated with motorists up and down Great Britain. Not only has the Nissan Qashqai and the new range of Nissan crossovers revolutionised how the nation views “big” cars, it’s popularity is also a testament to good old British manufacturing; since 2007, the model has been assembled in Sunderland.

Although the only car of its class on the list, top five popularity proves that crossovers could soon be ruling our roads in the years to come.

  1. Vauxhall Astra – 33,153 registrations

If we’ve learned anything from this list, it’s that predictability, affordability, and family friendly styling are all viewed in good stead by British motorists. The Vauxhall Astra is a devotee to those three tenets, being a frequent flier in best seller lists since its launch in 1979. Not only is it the 6th bestselling car of 2015 so far, it’s also the 4th bestselling car in the UK of all time, with around 2,845,357 sales.

As it stands, the Astra might also be one of the cheapest cars to both buy and run too, with excellent fuel economy, a low insurance band, and a highly affordable initial asking price.

  1. Volkswagen Polo – 32,600 registrations

Volkswagen Polo

It’s safe to say that this list is turning out to be pretty hatchback heavy. But with excellent refinement, an unmatched ride quality, and consistently well rounded looks, it’s not hard to see why the Polo has made it into the best-sellers list.

The Polo is a super-mini with style, offering upmarket leather interiors alongside affordability and sensible running costs. Although the Polo has traditionally struggled to crack the top 10 list, it looks like things might be about to change.

  1. Audi A3 – 29,496 registrations

The Audi A3 is built on the same platform as the Volkswagen Golf, something which perhaps explains some of its popularity amongst British drivers. However, it’s also the manufacturer’s willingness to innovate that has proved a winner, producing the A3 in a range of trims that must surely appeal to drivers of all ages and tastes.

As with all Audi cars, you know you’re purchasing comfort and excellent interior design when you invest in an A3. Although we don’t have new models in stock at Bristol Street Motors, we do have a selection of excellent and affordable used Audi A3 cars for sale, getting you a top car for a top price.

With several of these makes and models available new and used from Bristol Street Motors dealerships up and down the UK, you too could soon be driving one of the UK’s best selling cars in no time at all. Just take a look at the new and used cars we have online, give us a visit at a relevant dealership in your area, or just give us a call and let the team know what you’re looking for.

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Summary: Low initial purchase, fuel efficiency, and insurance costs are the key priorities for young drivers looking into the car market. But, with so many different cars to choose from - along with fuel types, insurance groups, and tax bands – picking the right one for you might not always seem easy.

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Low initial purchase, fuel efficiency, and insurance costs are the key priorities for young drivers looking into the car market. But, with so many different cars to choose from – along with fuel types, insurance groups, and tax bands – picking the right one for you might not always seem easy.

So, we’ve put together a handy guide for young drivers. If you’re unsure of what you should be looking out for to guarantee you a great deal on a new car, take a look below.

Insurance groups

A car’s insurance group is an important consideration for young drivers. It can often be the case that young drivers set their heart on a specific car, only to find that their car insurance quote is above and beyond what they can realistically afford. To save yourself any hassle, you should look for cars that are in a low insurance group, to keep costs as low as possible.

Car insurance groups are rated from 1 – 50 with 1 being the cheapest and 50 the most expensive. In general, a car’s insurance group is determined by the price of the vehicle, engine size, fuel type, age, and desirability. For example, cars that sit in insurance group 1 include the Seat Mii S 1.0, Skoda Citigo SE 1.0 GreenTech, and Hyundai i10 1.0 S, three city cars with small engines, a low spec, and low cost.

At the other end of the scale are cars that sit in insurance group 50, such as the Jaguar F-Type, with larger engines and a “performance” focus. Though attractive, these will be difficult to insure within your first few years on the road. Don’t worry about insurance groups cramping your style though – there are plenty of fantastic cars for young drivers in low insurance groups.

Car tax

Car tax is another important consideration when looking for the best car for young drivers. Vehicles registered after the 1st March 2001 are taxed based on their CO2 emissions, whilst vehicles registered prior to the 21st March 2001 are taxed based on engine size only. Unless you want an older car, it is recommended that you pursue the purchase of a car which was registered after the 1st March if you’re a young driver, because it was at this stage in time when efficiency started to play a pivotal role in car manufacturing. In other words, you can expect a like-for-like car registered after the 1st March 2001 to be more fuel efficient.

Cars with CO2 emissions lower than 100 g/km are exempt from annual car tax in tax band A. Cars in tax band B cost £20 annually whilst cars in tax band C cost £30 annually.

Fuel type

It’s also important to consider fuel type in your search for a new car. Modern petrol engines and modern diesel engines are both super efficient and offer a smooth drive, but each fuel type is better suited to different needs.

Diesel-powered cars are the better choice for high mileage drivers. If you commute or work away from home and spend considerable time on the motorway, then a diesel car is going to be better suited to your needs, as diesel cars are more fuel efficient on longer journeys. Petrol engines, meanwhile, are fine for any young driver who is going to cover less than 15,000 miles per year.

Best cars for young drivers

Here’s a list of the best cars for young drivers. We’ve attempted to include a good mix of vehicles here, so chances are there will be a car that stands out for your needs.

SEAT Mii 1.0 i Tech 3dr

The Seat Mii 1.0 i Tech 3dr sits in insurance group 3E and emits 105 g/km of CO2, which translates to annual road tax of £20. Sportier to drive than the S and SE model, the Seat Mii Tech looks great and has plenty of equipment as standard, including air conditioning, electric heated mirrors, alloy wheels, front fog lights, and satellite navigation.

The potential economy of 62.8 miles per gallon combined further sweetens the deal.

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Zetec S 125

If you want a bit of performance to go with your economy, then the Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec S 125 might be the ideal car for you. This car will return 65.7 miles per gallon on a combined cycle with start/stop technology with a 99 g/km CO2 rating, which translates to £0 annual car tax. Zetec trim includes air con, electric heated mirrors, Bluetooth, and alloy wheels as standard.

Because it’s turbocharged, this Fiesta is spritely to drive and it also has great handling.

Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Sting 3dr

When it comes to cars for young drivers, the Vauxhall Corsa is a time tested favourite. It’s not hard to see why either, as with the 1.2 Sting model you’ll get an annual road tax of just £110. Alongside a decent fuel economy of 53.3 mpg, a 2E insurance group rating, and low Co2 emissions, the Corsa has pretty much all the features that young drivers should be looking for in a vehicle.

The Corsa 1.2 Sting doesn’t just excel when it comes to figures too, as the sleek looks and sporty colorways mean that it stands out on the aesthetic front too.

Renault Clio 1.5 Dci 90 Expression + Energy

This Clio is amongst the best diesel superminis you can buy, with the potential to return 83.1 miles per gallon with a super-low CO2 rating of 90 g/km, which means £0 annual car tax. It sits in insurance group 12E, which puts it just within the reach of young drivers, but you get a lot of equipment including cruise control, air conditioning, heated electric mirrors, and Bluetooth.

This car is recommend for young drivers who spend lots of time on the motorway.

Whether you’re looking for your first car, or just a great car that is affordable to purchase and run, we hope this guide has given you an idea of what to look for. If you’d like more information on the best cars for young drivers, feel free to get in touch with a Bristol Street Motors dealership in your area.

*Disclaimer: MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing, in accordance with 2004/3/EC and intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not reflect real driving results.

Author: Tom

Title: Should I Buy or Lease a Car?

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Summary: New car sales and registrations are as high as they’ve ever been. According to new car registration figures collected by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, by January 2015, 164,856 new cars were registered compared to 154,562 new car registrations in January 2013.

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Buy or Lease

New car sales and registrations are as high as they’ve ever been. According to new car registration figures collected by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, by January 2015, 164,856 new cars were registered compared to 154,562 new car registrations in January 2013. That’s a relatively large increase of 6.66%, which is to say that the UK car market is currently booming.

If you’re considering a new car, then you’re obviously not alone. It’s important to note however that while buying your next car will help the wider economy, this isn’t the only way to get a new car. With personal contract hire, business contract hire, and of course purchasing, there are several ways to access, register, and drive away in the car you want.

If you’re unsure of whether to buy or lease a car, then take a look at the key advantages and differences of the two below.


When you lease a car through personal contract or business contract hire, you buy into a long-term agreement similar to rental. The agreement offers you exclusive use of the vehicle for a set period of time for a non-refundable deposit and fixed monthly price. That price factors in the cost of the vehicle, depreciation, and lease profit. It may also factor in maintenance costs, servicing, and MOTs, meaning you won’t have to worry about shelling out for these.

Just as buying can work out cheaper than leasing, leasing can work out cheaper than buying. For many people, leasing can provide the opportunity to access a vehicle that they may not have had the budget to purchase. This is because rather than paying out for the full cost of a vehicle in one lump sum, or repaying the entirety of the cost of a car over many years, leasing a vehicle can allow you to spread out the cost of a luxury vehicle over a limited period of time.

Most lease contracts run for around 3 years, after which the car is free to be handed. For many, the option to get a brand new car every few years, and the flexibility this brings, is the most attractive prospect of contract hire.


The simplest way of purchasing a car is to pay the entire cost of the vehicle in one sum. However, many people now choose to take out a vehicle finance option like personal contract payment, allowing them to repay the cost of the vehicle over a set amount of time. The initial high purchase price of a vehicle can lead some people to choose this way of purchasing, as for many paying in regular monthly payments is a more manageable. The monthly repayment costs are usually more expensive than a regular lease payment, and will be spread out over a longer period.

Buying a car outright can work out cheaper over a three year period than leasing. This is because over a three year period, a car will naturally depreciate, but you will be able to get back a high percentage of the initial purchase price when you resell.

Buying vs. Leasing

When it comes down to deciding on whether to buy or lease a car, you’re going to have to do some sums to work out which is going to be cheaper. Whatever the case, the cost of leasing versus buying varies massively depending on the car you choose.

The greatest cost of buying a car is depreciation. Many cars lose half their value after the first three years of ownership, and some can lose 5 percent or more simply by driving off the forecourt. Because of this, when working out whether it is cheaper to buy or lease, you must get a predicted resale value after three years/ 36,000 miles on the vehicle. A predicted resale value of 55% or more after three years is considered good.

If you’re thinking of purchasing a car, you can work out the cost over three years by the taking the price you’d pay for the car and taking away the predicted resale value – this is the total cost of the car over three years/ 36,000 miles.

When you lease a car, it’s a little tougher to work out the cost over three years, but not impossible. The best way to do it is to take your deposit and take the leasing cost per month, and multiply this by 36. Coupled with personal factors like flexibility of choosing a vehicle and willingness to invest in capital, if you work out both the cost of leasing and purchasing over 3 years, you can work out the best route to take when looking for a new car.

Important things to consider:

  • Depreciation is the greatest cost when buying or leasing a car
  • The predicted resale value and the price you pay for a car are the two most important figures when working out the cost over three years
  • Fuel, servicing, car tax, and insurance costs will be the same whether you lease or buy a car.

If you’d like more information on whether buying or leasing is best for your situation, why not compare the contract hire deals and new cars for sale on our site. Or, just get in touch with a dealership near you, and talk to a member of the team about the options that are best for you.

Author: Tom