Which Second-Hand Car Makes A Good First Car

A good first car is safe, affordable and easy to drive but that certainly doesn’t mean it has to be boring. We at Auto Pedigree have compiled a list of the best second-hand cars to consider when buying a first car. 

Volkswagen Polo, Polo Vivo Or Toyota Aygo

First up we have the Volkswagen Polo or Polo Vivo, both are fitted with a 1.0L engine, are reliable and come equipped with safety features such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS). Next in our list of best second-hand cars, we have the Toyota Aygo which is reliable, cost-effective and available in a range of colours as well as a bi-colour scheme. 

Nissan Micra And Suzuki Swift And Celerio

The Nissan Micra is another option with its funky style and affordable insurance rates. Suzuki also features with the Swift and Celerio. The Suzuki Swift is stylish, comfortable and very safe for a first car as it comes equipped with an anti-lock braking system and electronic stability control. The Suzuki Celerio also boasts these safety features and is easy to drive on top of being surprisingly spacious. 

Renault Duster

The Renault Duster is a notable option, built with a 1.5 litre diesel engine and efficient fuel consumption of 4.8 litres/100 kms. If none of the previous options tickle your fancy, perhaps you’d like the Datsun Go. Now equipped with ABS, two airbags and a 1.2 litre engine. For those looking for a second-hand car with a greener print on the earth the electric Nissan Leaf is a possible alternative. This vehicle is kinder to the environment and cheap to run however it can be expensive and hard to come by in South Africa. 


Being a new driver is daunting enough on its own, it's ideal to get a good first car, which is reliable, safe, and affordable in addition to being suited to your style. Contact Auto Pedigree today for assistance finding the perfect second-hand car for you.