Top ten cheap cars for students
The best cars for students might not be the ones that are the most fun, or have the best image, but they are to be cheap to buy and affordable to run.
All the cars here cost less than £3,000 to buy, which, according to car data supplier CAP Automotive, is about the UK average of a first car bought by (and often for) those in their late teens. They also have low insurance groups, are fuel-efficient (45-plus mpg), good to drive and have a four-star Euro NCAP crash rating or higher.
View or share your driving licence information
You can use this service to:
- view your driving record, eg vehicles you can drive
- create a licence ‘check code’ to share your driving record with someone, eg a car hire company
The ‘check code’ will be valid for 21 days to allow someone to see:
- what vehicles you can drive
- any penalty points or disqualifications you have
- the last 8 characters of your driving licence number
You can’t use this service:
- if your licence was issued in Northern Ireland
Calculate vehicle tax rates
Find out the tax rate for all vehicle types.
Car vehicle tax rates are based on either engine size or fuel type and CO2 emissions, depending on when the vehicle was registered.
Other types of vehicle have their own rates.
on the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) website Before you start
For cars registered before 1 March 2001 the rate of vehicle tax depends on its engine size.
The rate for cars registered on or after 1 March 2001 depends on emissions and fuel type.
Book your theory test
Book your official driving theory test for cars, motorcycles, buses, coaches and lorries.
Before you startYou’ll need:
- your Great Britain or Northern Ireland provisional driving licence number
- your email address to get your booking confirmation - you can’t book online if you don’t have one
- a debit or credit card
You have to wait at least 3 working days before taking your test again if you don’t pass.