Marcus Rockey

Marcus Rockey

The Used Car Guy

The Used Car Guy, a website and blog authored by Marcus Rockey. In-depth car buying guides, selling tips, tricks and specialist information for motorists across the UK.

Here’s 6 Great Motors For £2,000

If you’ve just passed your driving tests and are looking to purchase your first car, you’re in luck. With a budget of £2000, you can get a car that has everything you could want or need, including style, power, and space. Not so sure? Check out the our list of the top 6 recommended cars for first-time drivers and buyers below.

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Always Does A Good Job: The Nissan Note
If you are searching for a small car that is easy to drive, yet offers more than enough space, the Nissan Note is a great option. The Note’s cabin shockingly spacious and provides flexibility regarding how you arrange your seats. It also comes with economical engines, while also providing plenty of power to ensure you can easily whip around town. The Note does have a bit of a boxy look to it, which some people may not love, but this is what gives it so much room.

Image of Skoda Fabia

Reliable and Dependable: The Skoda Fabia
When you simply don’t have time to sit on the side of the motorway waiting for roadside service, you need a car that is known for reliability. According to a report prepared by market researchers at JD Power, Skoda’s are the most dependable cars on the market. After careful thought, the Fabia appears to be the best option for first-time buyers. It’s compact, meaning it’s easy to drive, yet has plenty of interior space. Of course, the most important aspect of the car is its excellent build quality. As an added bonus, there are a variety of Fabia models to choose from, allowing you to find the one that best meets your specific needs, whether that’s low running cost, performance, economy, or something else.

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My Preferred All Round Small Car: The Ford Fiesta
Ford has been manufacturing Fiestas for 40 years, which means there is a quite a selection of used models available for purchase. Additionally, as a top seller for decades, the Fiesta has developed a reputation for being all things to all people, making it a great option for first-time buyers. The truth is you won’t find a car offers a comfier ride or is easier to drive and manoeuvre than a Fiesta. Thanks to all the used options to choose from, you can find one that meets your specific needs, such as one that is cheap-to-insure or cheap-to-run.

MX5 Mazda soft top

Topless: The Mazda MX-5
Who doesn’t dream of a two-seater at some point? The Mazda MX-5 is one of the best options on the market for a first-time buyer because it offers decent performance, sharp handling, and reliability, while looking every inch the perfect sports car. The MX-5 is even considered one of the more long lasting and reliable cars in the Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index. On the downside, the insurance costs are going to be a bit steep, but if you are dead set on a sports car, that’s the price you’ll have to pay.

A red Mini Cooper

Swanky and Sassy: The Mini
If style is an absolute must for your first car, you should focus your search on the Mini. It’s a small car that is easy to drive and offers sharp handling, which also makes it fun to drive. Currently, you’ll find an array of used Minis on the market, many of which has been personalised by past owners. This gives you a huge selection of distinctive and different Minis to choose from, though it may take time to find the one that perfectly matches your sense of style.

SUV car type Honda CRV

A Sturdy SUV: The Honda CR-V
If you prefer a larger vehicle that offers versatility and practicality, an SUV might be ideal. The Honda CR-V was one of the first SUVs available and remains a great choice for first-time buyers, especially those with a budget of £2000. There are plenty of used models to choose from, though they may have high mileages. According to Warranty Direct, the CR-V is well above average for reliability, so a lot of miles shouldn’t be a problem. The CR-V is a four-wheel drive that is big enough, yet not so big that it makes you nervous to drive it.

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