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Well, as I have absolutely no money and simply cannot get by without a car, I need to get something "new".

Unfortunately, my realistic budget is about £1500 max. Anyone out there got any (serious) suggestions? It doesn't need to accomodate more than one person, but it can't be a motorbike.

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Well, as I have absolutely no money and simply cannot get by without a car, I need to get something "new".

Unfortunately, my realistic budget is about £1500 max. Anyone out there got any (serious) suggestions? It doesn't need to accomodate more than one person, but it can't be a motorbike.

A few years back I was in rapid need of a motor and went for an F reg VW Golf Mk II at £1200. It was the best of the bad bunch available and I didn't have great expectations but stone me if it wasn't the best car I ever had. The electrics were a bit quirky but it started first time, every time come wind rain or shine all with the bare minimum of maintenance. Once I got a bit more well off I gave it to my brother who thraped the shit out it round the streets of London. Even then he managed to get a decent price for it when he sold it on. So, on past experience I'd say go for a Golf.

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A few years back I was in rapid need of a motor and went for an F reg VW Golf Mk II at £1200. It was the best of the bad bunch available and I didn't have great expectations but stone me if it wasn't the best car I ever had. The electrics were a bit quirky but it started first time, every time come wind rain or shine all with the bare minimum of maintenance. Once I got a bit more well off I gave it to my brother who thraped the shit out it round the streets of London. Even then he managed to get a decent price for it when he sold it on. So, on past experience I'd say go for a Golf.

I'd second that. Mr Vicster swears by old Nissans, though.

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Best place to look IMO is the Autotrader website. Lets you have a good idea of what you can get for your money.

As an example you should be able to pick up a 1998 Ford Escort with about 60,000 miles on the clock for your budget. Should give you 4 or 5 years use before its time to say goodbye.

Always buy from private sellers who have owned the car for at least one year. Look for a low mileage model (stay below 70,000 on a ford, perhaps slightly higher on some other makes) and condition. If you don't know much about cars take a friend who does.

My personal preference is for old high spec cars, there's no real difference in price between an L and a Ghia so might as well have the latter.

Finally, log onto the parkers website and buy their buying report which is taylored to the vehicle

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skoda felicia. Bit tractorlike inside. But been reliable. No power steering.

A friend picked up a bargain Seat Cordoba recently - seemed a lot of car for the money - about GBP650 for what seemed essentially, a VW.

Big question is how "new"? Keeping up with the Jones´s new? Look like MEW new? Undoing a MEW new? Or just different because you runaround has exited it´s mortal coils :(

btp

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I cant let a thread like this pass without mentioning my proton :lol:

about 3 years ago i bought it from a garage for £600, it has never let me down! Ive not even serviced the thing.

Probably the best money ive ever spent

I cant let a thread like this pass without mentioning my proton :lol:

about 3 years ago i bought it from a garage for £600, it has never let me down! Ive not even serviced the thing.

Probably the best money ive ever spent

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I cant let a thread like this pass without mentioning my proton :lol:

about 3 years ago i bought it from a garage for £600, it has never let me down! Ive not even serviced the thing.

Probably the best money ive ever spent

I cant let a thread like this pass without mentioning my proton :lol:

about 3 years ago i bought it from a garage for £600, it has never let me down! Ive not even serviced the thing.

Probably the best money ive ever spent

So good its worth mentioning twice!

I reckon an old honda civic or toyota corolla are the best bets in terms of reliability, high miles don't seem to be a problem either. Presuming reliability/cost is key if you really need it - otherwise get something more interesting - MkIII Supra?

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Well, as I have absolutely no money and simply cannot get by without a car, I need to get something "new".

Unfortunately, my realistic budget is about £1500 max. Anyone out there got any (serious) suggestions? It doesn't need to accomodate more than one person, but it can't be a motorbike.

If you want something sensible and dull but dependable then buy a VW Jetta/Golf.

Avoid big old BMWs or anything French or Italian.

If you want frisky hatchback fun on the cheap then buy a Ford Ka.

Or, how about something flashier? (but still reliable)

A mk2 Toyota MR2?

Should get a K plate for your money. Insurance is cheap. Avoid anything imported or with tacky aftermarket bits.

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£1500! WOW I think that's more than I've spent on motoring in my life.

Toyota corrola diesel.

Peugeot 405 diesel.

Volvo 240.

Avoid Rover, Ford, vauxhall, Alfa and Fiat.

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Don't buy cars from Auto Trader as the majority are sold by used car dealers. Just in case use Parkers Car magazine to check the real cost of the motor.

The best deals can be found at Car Auctions. For the amateur car buyer, look for cars that are listed as having 'no major mechanical faults'. Again use Parkers car price magazine so that you don't accidentally overbid.

You might not get a bargain, but at least you won't be ripped off

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Buy Japanese (Honda, Nissan, Toyota) and buy a diesel.

You cant really go wrong with german diesels either VW, Mercedes, BMW.

Do NOT buy a French car (Peugot, Renault, Citroen) or ANY american car (Chrysler etc..)

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Look at what mini cab drivers go for.

Experienced companies will go for cheap and reliable without worrying about "street cred".

(obviously don't buy an actual ex minicab)

VW golfs are great but way over priced second hand now.

1i

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