Buying your first car is a rite of passage every driver remembers. That first taste of car ownership is liberating, exciting and exhilarating, allowing you not just to experience true independence, but also to choose a car that expresses your personality or suits your own needs down to the ground.
Mind you, it can also be pricey. Insurance isn’t cheap, and if you’re buying used, the risk of ending up with a lemon that’ll cost you more to repair than it did to buy is high. But choose well, and your first car will be one you’ll treasure – and one that will hold a special place in your heart for years to come.
But which should you choose? Well, that’s where our guide to the best used cars for new drivers comes in. And because buying your first car is an expensive business, we’ve sorted our favourites by budget, giving you the very best options no matter how much – or how little – you can afford. So whether you’ve got £1000, £2000, £5000 or £10,000 to spend, here are the best used cars you can buy.