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    Hi people i'm 17 just started driving iknow the insurance will be high but i want a cheap american car like the buick skylark. any ideas where to get one and how much it will cost in GBP
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    are you related to Alan Sugar?

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    Hi mkeziec06,

    In my opinion your first port of call needs to be an insurance company to see if anyone is even prepared to insure you. It would seem pointless to me to spend a load of money on a car you can't use for 4 or maybe 8 years, many insurance companies are not willing to insure unusual cars for the under 25's or in some cases under 21's.

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    MY HONEST OPINION? ............. WAIT .

    Get at least a couple of years no claims bonus on something boring and cheap with a small engine (i dont want to put you off, but as a 17 year old, insurance, if you can find a company to give you a quote, it WILL be extortionate !)
    By all means, buy a yank, spend a bit of time getting it how you want it so that when you can insure it, it's good to go.
    Join a local club and talk to other rodders/yank owners and pick their brains, there aren't many who bite !
    I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE,AND SO DOES CHUCK!

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    My daughter had a Jeep Wrangler 2.5 when she was 18, with less than 1 year's driving experience but with Pass Plus. It was about 900 to insure, fully comp but for a guy it will probably be a lot more. I guess because it's so damn slow the insurance is not too expensive It's now for sale if you're interested And remember to put your parents on the insurance if they have clean licenses as it reduces the premium if you have older people also insured; although I've no idea why.
    Money talks; unfortunately mine just says "goodbye"

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    [QUOTE=MikeS;437574 And remember to put your parents on the insurance if they have clean licenses as it reduces the premium if you have older people also insured; although I've no idea why.[/QUOTE]

    I've just been through all of this for my son, trying to get insurance was a nightmare. Insurance companies are trying to stop youngsters having their parents/older people on the policies as they see it as " fronting",ie the car's driven mostly by the youngster but "allegedly" owned/driven by the parents. None of the companies we tried would entertain us oldies being on the policy. My son ended up getting insurance in his own name but with a tracker fitted to his car (I cube). He now has a curfew that the car can't be driven between 11pm & 5 am. The cost of his insurance for a 900cc Daihatsu Cuore is £1400. hth

    cheers..Nige

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    Is there such a thing as a cheap American car any more? I'm presuming the Buick Skylark you mentioned would be the boxy 80s model rather than the considerably more desirable 60s version. Is that really what you want, because I don't see the point in nearly bankrupting yourself over a car you quite like when you could wait a while and save your money for something better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilzee28 View Post
    I've just been through all of this for my son, trying to get insurance was a nightmare. Insurance companies are trying to stop youngsters having their parents/older people on the policies as they see it as " fronting",ie the car's driven mostly by the youngster but "allegedly" owned/driven by the parents. None of the companies we tried would entertain us oldies being on the policy. My son ended up getting insurance in his own name but with a tracker fitted to his car (I cube). He now has a curfew that the car can't be driven between 11pm & 5 am. The cost of his insurance for a 900cc Daihatsu Cuore is £1400. hth

    cheers..Nige
    My daughter has hers with Admiral, the car and the policy are in her name and she is the main user, so it's all above board, and they still give her a discount. Mind you they only refunded 36.00 for a change from a Wrangler 2.5 to a Fiat 500 1.2 with 8 months remaining
    Money talks; unfortunately mine just says "goodbye"

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    I think you need to look into it properly first. Not just assume. My son has a 1958 anglia with a 1300 crossflow and nobody would insure him. I tried to put it in my name with him as a driver and the first quote we got ( from a specialist modified car insurance company) was £9750.00. There's no way of getting round it unless you win the lottery and don't care what you spend. If that was the case I'm not sure if you would still go for a Buick Skylark. Maybe a Bentley.
    If it's got tits or tyres, its gonna be trouble

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