Instead I put down the deposit today for a shiny '09-reg car, which should be ready in a couple of weeks once it's been serviced and had a MOT. It's a bit more than I was thinking of spending, and not the most practical choice for a first car... but at the same time it's not a bad choice and could work out very well. It's not even that expensive to insure - a quick check at compare the
And besides, it's definitely the more fun choice of car :)
As to what car it actually is... well, I'm going to be cheeky and not say which one it is just yet. You'll just have to guess!