When you have qualified as a driving instructor, it is important to hire or buy a dual controlled car. If you are purchasing, you are probably going to want a manual car. You should also think about getting a car that can deal with a lot of use, has a good safety record and can also be used in your personal life.
A couple of the best cars to consider are the Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta. Big teaching companies like the AA use this car, which is also very family-friendly. The Focus is also highly fuel efficient – meaning that your profit margin will be greater.
The Vauxhall Corsa is also one of the most popular cars to teach in, and many learners trust it. It provides all the basics and will serve you reliably, but most importantly, there are so many of these cars on the used car market that it could be a very economic choice in terms of purchase price.
On the other hand, if you want to make sure lessons go as smoothly as possible, the Toyota Yaris could be the ideal option, since it is probably the easiest car to learn to drive in because of its fantastic steering.
Finally, if you don’t want a big car, the Hyundai i10 is a competitive and sometimes overlooked option. It has great visibility and mirrors, while seat height and positions are very adjustable – just like in the cars above. Despite its five doors, it really is mini in comparison. The i10 stands out because of its tight steering, making it a good car to perform manoeuvres in.
Whatever vehicle you choose, you can rent cars to teach in before you buy. If you have the time and inclination, try a variety to see what works for you.