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First car suggestions (used)

  • 18-10-2022 9:50am
    Registered Users Posts: 1

    Hi everyone

    Me and my wife have recently received our learners permits and are looking for our first car.

    I am not a big fan of cars so I am completely disoriented and would love to hear any advice.

    What we need:

    1) automatic.

    2) economy car (hybrid would be awesome should it be substantially more economical)

    3) reliable

    4) some parking support (a cam with sensors)

    We are planning to use it only in a few scenarios (mostly after getting full license) :

    - weekend shopping

    - weekend hiking all around Ireland (as a dream - taking our bikes with us for some nice trails).

    - a trip to UK.

    Therefore would love it compact, but not too compact to feel uncomfortable on the motorways.

    As for the price - I want it be the best value for money. Definitely don't wanna spend more than 15k and the usual rule "the cheaper the better" applies, but also don't wanna buy a bag of bolts. Need something to serve its purpose as a weekend only car.

    Any advice (model/ mileage/ year/ fuel type) is welcome as I don't know practically anything about buying a used car (except for "buy from the dealer" personal rule)

    Thank you in advance


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,209 ✭✭✭User1998

    Sounds like you need a diesel car, not a hybrid. Your doing lots of long distance driving where a diesel will be more fuel efficient

  • Registered Users Posts: 50,687 ✭✭✭✭bazz26

    There is very little value in the second hand car market these days. If you need a car then you will have to buy at today's prices but your 15k won't go as far, used cars were way cheaper pre Covid-19/Brexit.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,981 ✭✭✭coolbeans

    They're just doing weekend work. Don't see how that justifies a diesel.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,209 ✭✭✭User1998

    This thread is from 6 months ago so no longer relevant.

    But if they are driving cross country on a weekly basis, thats easily upwards of 25,000km a year on the motorway, not even including the daily driving. Of course that warrants a diesel.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,047 ✭✭✭monseiur

    No wishing to rain on your parade, but I note that neither you or your wife have a full licence (just a learners permit) By law you will have to be accompanied by a person with a full licence when driving on the public road. Unless you can arrange this (even at weekends) buying a car at this stage would be pointless & costly. Apply for driving test a.s.a.p. and in the meantime take the required driving lessons.

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  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 512 Mod ✭✭✭✭LIGHTNING

    Why are people dragging up 6 month old threads where the OP has never come back?