First car often paid for by parents

Although young motorists are now more likely to have a brand new first car, there is a good chance they didn't pay for it themselves, according to a poll by Aviva.

The insurance company found that now days a third of first cars are paid for by someone else, normally a parent or other family member, compared with only a fifth in the 1960s.

Even though they were more likely to be paying for it themselves people managed to buy their first cars earlier in the 1960s at the age of 21, compared with 25 now.

However, this may have been because only a tenth (8%) of people brought a brand new first car in the 1960s, compared with a quarter (26%) today.

A fifth (21%) of today's first car owners even manage to get someone else to buy their car insurance for them. Only 6% were that luck in the 1960s.

Over the last 50 years the Ford Escort has been the most popular first car, followed by two other Fords, the Anglia and the Fiesta, and the Vauxhall Corsa, according to the poll.

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