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I am looking for a little car for work, something cheap to run and tax etc. I rather like the Daewoo Matiz but can't seem to find the right one for the right price. I only have about 1k-1500 to spend.…
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
I am looking for a little car for work, something cheap to run and tax etc. I rather like the Daewoo Matiz but can't seem to find the right one for the right price. I only have about 1k-1500 to spend.

What is the best small car to buy? I'm a girl and have no idea.

Thanks
Jinx
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
Ford Ka, Fiesta, Renault Clio, Citroen Saxo.

You can get them really cheap, cost nothing to run and insure.
#2
Ford Ka is a good motor and you're more likely to walk away from it in a shunt than a Matiz !
#3
i have a kia picanto and its brilliant for everything its a little bigger than the ka and matiz but it has all mod cons inside ie cd/mp3 electrics and it is vg on petrol i got the black lx model for 5k :)
oops sorry just noticed your budget!
#4
I had a Ford KA and I LOVED it, thing is, on occasion, I would use it to pick the kids up from the MIL's after work so the 2 seats in the back aren't enough. Shame.

I'm sick of looking, I just want one to appear on my drive way ready to go!
#5
It will not be my main car you see, our family car is a zafira. Just want something small and cheap. Wish I had the money to get something better. Ideally, i'd like an A Class but it's not gonna happen.
#6
Considered a small motorbike/scooter or do you need to ferry people around?
#7
Jo3l
Considered a small motorbike/scooter or do you need to ferry people around?


I need 5 seats so I can pick the kids up in it after work if needed. Plus I drive for half an hour on the motorway to and from work.

Can't see myself on a scooter :oops:
#8
jinxie
I need 5 seats so I can pick the kids up in it after work if needed. Plus I drive for half an hour on the motorway to and from work.

Can't see myself on a scooter :oops:


lol ok, Ill have a quick check about now.
#9
A lot of forums suggest the fiesta, corsa or punto. Theyre probably your best bets Id say.
#10
A 2.0Hdi Peugeot 306 Meridian. Insurance Group 3, sexy looking car, 50-60 mpg, elec windows all round, central locking and it has automatic windy wipers...you can't go wrong!
#11
Got mine new so cant say how cheap you will be able to get one for, but fiat panda is only a small car, but seems quite spacious inside. Plenty of room in the boot. Quite cheap to run
#12
Never buy a Daewoo, especially the Matiz. You would be safer, faster, and in more comfort walking.

In my experience, a Fiat is a great car for a mechanic, due to the well renound Italian slap-dash build quality.

As mentioned, a Ford KA is a good option at that price range. A diesel Seat ibiza from 2000 ish onwards would be good too, although you might end up with a highish mileage one at that price.
#13
Renault Clio 1.5 Dci Dynamique (80bhp, I would not go for the basic 65bhp)
15" Alloys, Auto lights, Auto Wipers, radio increases volume with speed of car, on board computer
Diesel turbo makes it a very torquey/nippy car
Service every 18000 miles (or 2 yrs), £35 a year to tax, 600 - 700 miles per tank of fuel (Manchester to Oxford I averaged 82mpg, around town you normally get approx 58mpg)
I've had two of these cars, excellent value for money. You should be able to get a 52 plate for about £1500
Good luck!
#14
No contest
Toyota Yaris
#15
grayfray
No contest
Toyota Yaris


If you can get one in within the price range you've got a very good car. Only problem with them though is a lack of leg room in the back if you've got longish legs (I'm almost 6 foot and it's a tight squeeze).

As already mentioned though, Ford Fiesta or Vauxhall Corsa are the usual suspects. But please stay away from a Saxo. If you've got kids to ferry around, you will want them to survive if you ever have an accident. Saxo's have a pathetic safety rating, and after having one for 2 years, it spent about half of that in the garage.
#16
jinxie
It will not be my main car you see, our family car is a zafira. Just want something small and cheap. Wish I had the money to get something better. Ideally, i'd like an A Class but it's not gonna happen.


A class only has 4 seats:?
#17
Ignore the Daewoo Matiz jibes, It has a 3 star NCAP rating, no different to similar age Corsa's and Fiesta'sand is made by GM (Vauxhall)My sister got a 51 plate with 67,000 on the clock for £700 before Christmas. :thumbsup:
#18
Why is it so hard to find the right car at the right price? I thought it would only take me an hour or so looking on the internet and i'd have found one. Still not sure on what I actually want. It's driving me nuts.

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