I actually saved up to buy my first car.. it wasn't the best or most reliable but it lasted long enough and was a pretty awesome looking ride. I bought a 1983 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe that was quite used but I ended up working some kinks out and added some nice accessories and new wheels and such, including sport tires and all.
Here's a pic of basically what mine looked like:
Except mine was primer gray and never got the chance to paint it. Finally the motor blew up but I bought it for $500 and it lasted me about 2yrs.. once it finally blew and I didn't have the coin to buy a new motor and everything, I did an even trade with my brother in law for his '91 Chevrolet Silverado Step Side so he could use the Thunderbird on a trade and buy an ew truck .. but the pick-up is still my favorite vehicle ever (Step Sides and that year model) that I've ever owned.
Sadly, this was so long ago, I never took pictures of my vehicles then, I was in my teen years and worried about two things at the time, women and partying. Here's a pic to show how my truck was, I tried to search for identical paint, wheels and all and this is about the closest I could find;
If you're going to buy a first car, make sure it's reliable. It doesn't need to be brand new but atleast get your money's worth. I'm not sure your finances but even now I have a decent bit of cash but I still won't get rid of my trucks and some bikes to get something new. If they're working and not broke, why replace or fix?