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Which used car should I buy?

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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
I have been out looking at used cars today, and wondered if anyone had a (sensible!) opinion about what would be a better buy between a Y reg Toyota Yaris (with a years MOT) and and 02 reg Fiat Punto (with 6 months MOT)?

I will use it for the usual round town trips - school, dentist, shopping etc - but some weeks I decide I am going to walk everywhere and so it might not get used for a fortnight. Other than that I make occasional trips to family (or decent shops!) which could be 400+ miles.

Advice gratefully received (and some rep given!). Thanks :)
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Take a mechanic to go have a look. Speculation on two completely random cars will not help you in the slightest. One or both could be absolute dogs for all we know, or both could be fantastic. The length of the MOT is not necessarily an indication of a quality motor.
#2
I have a 51reg Yaris and its amazing. So reliable and comfortable to drive. Worth the money but there more expensive than the corsa eq. Only compliant is that its slow and double check that the seats move easily as mine don't

I LOVE THE ELECTRONIC DASH IN THE MIDDLE
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spic
Take a mechanic to go have a look. Speculation on two completely random cars will not help you in the slightest. One or both could be absolute dogs for all we know, or both could be fantastic. The length of the MOT is not necessarily an indication of a quality motor.


I appreciate that, and if I knew anyone who had a clue about cars I would get them to come and look - but I don't know anyone :-(

So I thought a bit of general advice might be better than nothing?
I agree with what you say about the MOT - the last car I bought had a years MOT and then I took it to Kwik Fit for new tyres and they told me the engine was about to fall out, it was so rusty. I took it back.
#4
Completely agree that the Yaris is a much better car than the Punto. Agree with garbage456 that Yaris owners are among the most satisfied in the world, as evidenced in survey after survey. Presumably you already know that Japanese-badged cars almost always dominate every reliability survey; many surveys have Japanese-badged cars taking 7 or 8 places out of the top 10 cars.

I assume that you will not have to carry too many large loads, as the Yaris boot is tiny. Having said that, you could fold the back seats down to create more space. But don't do that if you have passengers in the back - they won't like it...

Are you also considering any other cars?
#5
Over The Knee
Presumably you already know that Japanese-badged cars almost always dominate every reliability survey; many surveys have Japanese-badged cars taking 7 or 8 places out of the top 10 cars.

Are you also considering any other cars?


I currently have an Almera Tino, which has been reliable, but I hate it.

I haven't seen any others that I can afford and that are comfy - what can I say? I'm a girl :oops:
#6
Honda jazz will take some beating,normally sensible owners and the cars have service history which is a must ,hope this helps.
#7
I recall reading somewhere that some of the Toyota Yaris were actually made in France and not as reliable, funnily enough, as Japanese made Toyotas.
"Have a look at the Vehicle Identification Number. Jap built Yaris start JT1.........French built VIN starts VNK".(Thanks to Toyota owners club).
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Butterbean
I currently have an Almera Tino, which has been reliable, but I hate it.

I haven't seen any others that I can afford and that are comfy - what can I say? I'm a girl :oops:


In order to better advise you, what things do you hate about the Almera Tino? As the Tino is a sort of mini-MPV (i.e. the kind of car that parents usually buy to ferry around kids or larger families), are you now intentionally downsizing to a smaller car in the 'supermini' category?

How do you define 'comfy'? What is your budget?

What are your priorities (or, say, your top 3 things) in your 'new' car? (e.g. reliability, style, how fun it is to drive (handling and steering), insurance costs, maintenance and repair costs, practicality etc)
#9
Over The Knee
In order to better advise you, what things do you hate about the Almera Tino? As the Tino is a sort of mini-MPV (i.e. the kind of car that parents usually buy to ferry around kids or larger families), are you now intentionally downsizing to a smaller car in the 'supermini' category?

How do you define 'comfy'? What is your budget?

What are your priorities (or, say, your top 3 things) in your 'new' car? (e.g. reliability, style, how fun it is to drive (handling and steering), insurance costs, maintenance and repair costs, practicality etc)


I don't like the Tino because it's my first diesel car ever, and its noisy and feels slow. And I'm always terrified I'm going to forget it's diesel and put unleaded in it. I bought it because I was driving lots of kids around, but they are mostly off to uni now and so I want something smaller. Plus I can't park it!
Comfy means I need something quite high (I have a hip problem) - the Yaris is high off the ground compared to say, a Clio. And in the Punto you can adjust the seat height. I want to spend less than £3k.
Priorities would have to be 1) comfy - if it doesn't feel right I can't drive it, 2) reliable - I dread going to garages or mechanics, and 3) a bit nippy would be nice - I hate going to pull away at a roundabout and the car doesn't go!
#10
Butterbean
I don't like the Tino because it's my first diesel car ever, and its noisy and feels slow. And I'm always terrified I'm going to forget it's diesel and put unleaded in it. I bought it because I was driving lots of kids around, but they are mostly off to uni now and so I want something smaller. Plus I can't park it!
Comfy means I need something quite high (I have a hip problem) - the Yaris is high off the ground compared to say, a Clio. And in the Punto you can adjust the seat height. I want to spend less than £3k.
Priorities would have to be 1) comfy - if it doesn't feel right I can't drive it, 2) reliable - I dread going to garages or mechanics, and 3) a bit nippy would be nice - I hate going to pull away at a roundabout and the car doesn't go!


Sorry I didn't have time recently to research this issue properly for you. I have now looked a little more into it.

First of all, I recommend that you look at the following links: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/caradvice/chooseacar/5126158/Choose-A-Car-with-Honest-John-a-small-spacious-car-with-a-raised-driving-position.html:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/caradvice/chooseacar/2751775/Choose-a-car-with-Honest-Joh.html

The advice in the above links is given by an excellent, honest and reliable person called 'Honest John'. He also runs his own long-established website: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/
In my opinion one of the very best things that you can do is to join the forum (called 'Back Room') on his website (http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/) and then post a message in the 'Motoring discussion' forum requesting advice. Almost immediately you should receive replies from some long-established car enthusiasts and experts. They will in general know far more about cars than most members of hotukdeals! Driving and motoring is their life!

And now some general comments from me:
Whether your car is a diesel or a petrol, your fuel cap/door should have a sticker reminding you what fuel to put in, and you should get in the habit of checking it every time you fill up! If you don't have a sticker, put one on! And put another near your fuel gauge!

If your annual mileage is relatively low (say, under 6000 - 8000 miles per annum), then I think that petrol is fine. Buying a diesel car would in general be more expensive and you would have to do a lot of miles to recover this extra expense. Diesel cars are also in general more expensive to maintain and repair, especially ones in your budget, and at that age they are noisier as you have found (unlike the modern ultra-efficient and ultra-quiet but also costly diesel engines of today).

Please let me know if you have any questions and I will try to continue to help you.
#11
Over The Knee
Please let me know if you have any questions and I will try to continue to help you.


Thank you very much for all your help and advice - I have bookmarked the honest john website for future reference :thumbsup:
My annual mileage is definitely pretty low, so I am glad I have decided to go back to a petrol engine - and like you say, I have made sure there is a reminder to only use unleaded in future... ;-)

I have taken the leap and bought the Punto - only picked it up this morning, but so far I love it! Driving is fun again :)

Thank you again for all the help.

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