Even if it's cheaper to lease a brand new car than to buy the same one, it's not cheaper than buying a 10 year old car that will last you for 2-4 years. You also won't be penalised for any dints or mishaps (they will happen on your first car) and you also won't be as bothered.

Shop around for insurance first though however, especially if you're under 25. The right car can make over 600 difference on insurance.

I had a 04 Micra as my first car whilst friends were getting brand new Fiestas and BMWs, then backing them into lampposts and driving into fences etc. I loved my Micra and would definitely recommend a cheaper car for your first on