Right then, I have my test (again, but let's not talk about that) on Tuesday and have been trying to learn about buying a banger that won't give me headache. Alas, I don't know much about cars but have an idea of what I want. This is where you come in.
So, my budget is small. I know you buy cheap, you buy twice but I can't stretch much beyond £1k for the car. I'll get something better in the future. I want something economical to run, low on tax and insurance and not prone to regular, expensive failures. Moon on a stick?
I've been thinking of an estate so I can put the bike in without removing the front wheel. I also climb so room for a mat and gear is necessary. Equally I could just suck it up and get a little hatchback (easier for parking/finding spaces?) and good rack, but I don't like the idea of driving about with the car on the outside: I plan on lots of long distance trips to ride in various places as I'm working towards MTB coach qualifications. Some of thee are going to be with the missus or a climbing/riding chum. The same counts for driving to mountains &crags to complete my ML/SPA logbooks.
I've had diesel recommended due to economy, I'd love a car that runs on grease from the chippy but that requires a bit more planning/knowledge/faff. I've also had recommendations to go with German or Japanese. I've been learning in a 207 and new style Fiesta, the 207 was nicer to drive.
I don't deny my tyre kicking understanding of cars, I'd like to learn & do as much maintenance on it myself as possible. I'm 28 so hopefully won't be crippled by my insurance costs, I plan to add my mum as a second driver to reduce the premium.
Recently I've been looking at Polos, Passats, 207s a few others.
What do you recommend and what should I avoid and look for?