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Buying the right car  – answers December 2021:

My daughter has just passed her driving test and we are looking for an economical car with low insurance for her? Please could you advise.

For the lowest insurance you’re looking for a Group 1 car, which usually means a one-litre engine and therefore should tick the economical box for you too. The other good news is that it should keep her from driving too fast as these engines don’t have the most power either…

There are a lot of options and they’re the usual suspects when it comes to first cars. My recommendation would be something like a Volkswagen Polo. It’s got the right balance of safety, quality and price. They feel well built and new ones are even fitted with CarPlay. 

If you’d like to go even smaller, there’s the Skoda Citigo. They are ideal for maneuvering when you’re new to driving and really economical to drive. You’d also struggle to go wrong with a Ford Fiesta or Seat Ibiza for a first car. However, while it might be tempting to go for a more powerful option, it needs to be 1.0-litre to be the most affordable insurance.

Hi Rebecca, 

Currently I drive a 2013 1.6 Nissan Juke. I find this quite heavy on fuel (compared to my husband’s Audi A3 diesel).

So, I’ve been looking at changing my car and was looking at BMW 1 series diesel, however, my normal journeys are short and 1. I don’t want to cause a blockage which could occur without taking a diesel out for a regular blast and 2. I want to futureproof my purchase. Being aware of imminent city charges for diesels has also put me off.

Therefore I am considering a hybrid Lexus CT. Where do petrol/electric hybrid cars stand with regards to the future and the fading out of petrol and diesel by 2030?

Of those choices the Lexus would be the most economical, particularly if you’re mainly driving around town. If you choose a diesel then you’d need to be driving for more than half an hour at least once a week really to clear the filter. 

You’d also need to consider that while you might save a marginal amount of money switching from the Nissan to the BMW, other costs such as insurance and maintenance will likely go up.

If you’re only driving around town then you’ll almost certainly feel the benefit by choosing a hybrid. To get the best economy from a CT then you need to choose one with 16-inch wheels, but as standard they come with 17s that still give much better mileage than you’d get in your Juke. 

If you have the ability to plug in then it might be worth considering a plug-in hybrid or fully electric vehicle. Hybrid driving when you’re only doing short, low speed journeys means you’ll spend most of your time on electric power and have to visit the petrol station very infrequently.

For low emission zones, it’s currently only London where hybrids have to pay congestion charge but that doesn’t mean it won’t be coming to other cities in the near future. Electric cars might not be your first choice but if you’re not doing many miles it could be a great choice. Particularly around the city, you’ll find you spend nearly as much time regenerating power when you brake as you do using power with your foot down.


I am waiting for delivery of my new Ford Kuga which has been on order since July. The dealer still has no build date, and I have a few questions.


– How long after the build date should I expect my car?

– Is the current COVID situation in Europe going to further delay delivery?

– If I cancel my order, are there any brands with better delivery dates?

This is unfortunately a bit like asking how long a piece of string is at the moment. If we were going back to 2019 it could be anywhere between six to 12 weeks for a new car depending on where it was coming from and how much demand there was. However, there’s really no rules on how long this will take anymore. 

Recently, I’ve heard of some manufacturers who had originally given build dates for cars and then cancelled them because of parts shortages and now these customers are left with no idea when they’re car will arrive. 

I’m not an expert on international shipping but my guess would be that Covid won’t delay delivery but it might cause more issues in factories. We saw it before when large sections of workforces were having to isolate, leaving manufacturers with no choice but to stop production temporarily while they didn’t have enough staff. 

If you want something as soon as possible, looking for a nearly new car would be the best option. However in some cases used cars are selling for more than their new counterparts as consumers are desperate to get one. 

Most manufacturers are quoting around six months for cars but asking your dealer about if there are any cars you can get sooner might be a good idea. When it comes to Ford, the Puma is said to be one of the cars you can get faster. Many car makers seem to be pushing more of their semi-conductors to electric cars so that could be another avenue worth considering. 

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