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Post by vblanche » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:52 pm

Hello,

Anyone knows a car for sale under £1000? or could recommend where to get one?

Basically, my mother-in-law has her car dying, need to replace it but can put up to £1000. so, I thought I would ask here just in case.

also, what would you recommend to check when buying such car?

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Post by ade and liz flint » Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:03 pm

vblanche wrote: what would you recommend to check when buying such car?
Everything :roll:

Minefield to buy in this end of the market, in all honesty. You may be lucky and get a good one, or unlucky and get a money-pit. Get someone who knows cars involved if at all possible, but even then things can be easily missed and even experts miss things. Easier to answer specific 'what to look for' queries if a certain model is suggested as there may be previous ownership experience on here to call upon as many cars have historical common issues. I hate to say this to you, but avoid old French cars as reliability/repair bills can be horrendous.

I'm only tempted to buy one sub £1k car - my old Astra estate which I nurtured and fixed everything that was needed, and is with Liz's mum now and she's treated it the same (although the paint is now shabby :roll:)...and loves it, sadly, so isn't looking to part yet. However, Liz's dad is trying to prise her fingers away.....I'd take it back as our runabout and winter wheels in a trice.
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Post by Hodge » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:58 pm

I agree with Ade anything French will be cheap, and may go forever after all the surplus bits have fallen off, but generally you don't want bits dropping off.
As you are looking for sensible car for a sensible person I favour the Japanese route, cars driven carefully by the mature and regularly serviced. My quick trawl brought this up

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3408047.htm

Sensible, Low miles, under £1k, and from a dealer

There are quite a few like this Kia Hyundia and the rest, what you need is the mundane, generally mundane and mature owner is a winner

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Post by vblanche » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:01 pm

wow...thanks.

Yes, indeed, no french cars...but I agree japanese ones (thanks for the link) should be ok.

thanks for your advices.
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Post by ade and liz flint » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:24 pm

Hodge wrote: My quick trawl brought this up

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3408047.htm

Sensible, Low miles, under £1k, and from a dealer

There are quite a few like this Kia Hyundia and the rest, what you need is the mundane, generally mundane and mature owner is a winner
That's a great shout, Hodge 8) Kia and Hyundai are definitely worth a look, as you say. Even, dare I say it, Proton which have Jap mechanicals in many models.

Oh, Vince, avoid Fiat too for the same reason as the French comment. Can be good (and they are cheap)....but can be extremely costly if they go wrong!

BTW, Japanese cars can go wrong too. My next dooer neighbour is a mechanic and owns the local garage. He bought 4 Avensis (2000-2002MY) - 2 to be used as loan cars and one for his wife and one for his son. Two have since blown their engines :shock: and he vetted them prior to purchase. Tread carefully.
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Post by B10BRW » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:24 pm

How about this one, which is in Bristol :D

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3452284.htm

I had one as a runaround for a couple of years, totally reliable, 40 mpg.
5 door hatch, which is nearly as big as an estate.

Would buy one again if I needed a workhorse.

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Post by vblanche » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:27 pm

B10BRW wrote:How about this one, which is in Bristol :D

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3452284.htm

I had one as a runaround for a couple of years, totally reliable, 40 mpg.
5 door hatch, which is nearly as big as an estate.

Would buy one again if I needed a workhorse.
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Post by ade and liz flint » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:38 pm

vblanche wrote:
B10BRW wrote:How about this one, which is in Bristol :D

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3452284.htm

I had one as a runaround for a couple of years, totally reliable, 40 mpg.
5 door hatch, which is nearly as big as an estate.

Would buy one again if I needed a workhorse.
The most boring car in the world...but reliable :lol: Vince, see my edit to my last post as a slight warning :roll:
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Post by MarkEG » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:14 pm

ade and liz flint wrote:My next dooer neighbour ...
is that as in "he who does" ? :lol:
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Post by Araf » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:46 pm

My old boy just picked up a cheap 52 plate Focus Ghia auto as a 'spare' car. One owner, full main dealer service history, and 2600 miles! They are out there.
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Post by Misko » Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:02 pm

I'd also consider Volvo S/V 40. The last of the old ones were made in 2004(?) and just confirm that the cam belt was changed (think it was on 8 years or 80k miles).
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