Buying a car for a first-time driver? Expert advice from motoring gurus

Two motoring experts have shared tips for buying a young or new driver a budget car.

Jeff Osborne, head of automotive for Gumtree SA, says affordability and vehicle safety are the most important factors when buying a first-time car.

He suggests that buyers always check safety features and road-worthiness of pre-owned vehicles.

Read: Buying on a budget? Safety features aren't up to scratch on cheap cars, says AA

Osborne emphasises the importance of an authentic service record when buying any car.

It's far better to have entry level vehicle without bells and whistles. There's less to go wrong and its less attractive in terms of security and theft perspective.

Jeff Osborne, Head of Gumtree Auto ZA

If there is no service book available, simply walk away.

Jeff Osborne, Head of Gumtree Auto ZA

Motoring journo Ciro De Siena says electronic stability control (ESC) is one of the most vital vehicle safety features.

De Siena says his top five budget car picks are as follows:

  • Kia Picanto 1.0
  • Renault Sandero Expression
  • VW Take Up! 5dr
  • Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GL
  • Toyota Etios 1.5 Sprint hatch

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