When you think it’s time to change cars, but don’t want to buy a shiny new one straight from the forecourt, second-hand cars can often provide a more affordable upgrade. In this article, we run through eight of the most affordable second-hand cars you should be on the lookout for.
Hyundai Getz (2011)
The Hyundai Getz is probably the cheapest form of reliable motoring, with prices on the second-hand market starting from £600.
Ford Fiesta (2011)
If your budget is under £2,000, a ford fiesta is a great option. This is a popular and reliable car, available with both three and five-door models, depending on the space you need.
Volkswagen Golf (2012)
If your budget is around £3,000, a VW Golf has a great build quality and good levels of standard equipment.
You will likely find a variety of low-mileage, 2012-plate cars are available around the £3,000 mark. However, if you’re fancying spending less then there are some excellent earlier models that you could purchase for less.
Renault Zoe (2016)
Electric cars are renowned for being more expensive, but a £5,000 - £8,000 budget would be reasonable for this car.
Zoe prices go as low as £7,000 for an earlier model with a low 90-mile range, so this is a great option for those doing shorter, inner-city trips.
SEAT Leon hatchback (2013)
The SEAT Leon is a stylish hatchback with a good amount of interior space for about £7,000 - £8,000. A good piece of advice is to seek out cars with the Technology Pack and go for one of the 2.0-litre diesel engines or the turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol. These higher-spec models will add £1,000 or so to the price of a second-hand Leon, but you’ll be looking at a hefty saving from what the original owner paid.
Skoda Fabia (2018)
If you are looking for an affordable car, that still has a relatively recent plate, then a Skoda Fabia is definitely worth considering. It’s cheap to run and comes with lots of standard equipment. It also looks good no matter which age you opt for. A used 2018 plate could be bought for roughly £8,500.
Audi A3 (2013)
For a budget of about £9,000, you could get a well kitted-out Audi A3 with a reasonable number of miles on it. Audis are renowned for holding their value, making them a good investment. The earlier models, such as a 2013 plate, still look great with the classic Audi look that never seems to look dated if kept in good condition.
Vauxhall Astra hatchback (2016)
The Astra has an attractive interior and a strong level of standard equipment – every model has air-conditioning, cruise control, DAB radio and Bluetooth.
A facelift in 2016 gave the Astra a more modern look and you could find a well-equipped three-year-old example with fairly low mileage for under £9,000. If your budget is lower than this, the earlier models are still great cars.
Nissan Leaf (2015)
The Nissan Leaf is ideal if you want to switch to an electric vehicle on a reasonable budget.
£10,000 isn’t enough to grab the very latest generation Leaf, but the earlier generations of this car are still worth considering. You should look out for models with the optional on-board charger, as this allows the battery to be recharged in four hours rather than twelve.
Lastly, it’s important to know that when it comes to electric vehicles, if you buy a second-hand Leaf with leased batteries, you’ll have to continue the repayments.
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