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    Looking to replace 13yr old banger, so very out of touch with models / petrol consumption v diesel etc.

    Also HATE garages, although not afraid of doing deals / bargaining.

    Thinking 1-2 yrs old, need 5 door, 1 at University and 2 6ft teens still at home.

    Budjet £7000 max. Am I being unrealistic?

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    You could get a Mazda 6 from one of the car supermarkets (car giant, trade sales, etc) for less than 7k but it would be around 3 years old for that price.
    The Mazda 6 is a very good car and it being japanese are ultra reliable.

    Daewoo Matiz. I'm 6'4'' and I can drive one no problem. Great BIG small car. About 100 miles for a tenner!

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    Skodas seem to be good value too and ?? better reputation than before

    Skoda Fabia is a good size and for that money you will get a faily new one.

    Also of course they are part of the VW group now

    Skoda as said, the only problem is that being part of VW group means parts are expensive and the most rediculous items are non stock items that you have to wait days to arrive

    I would recomend a ford mondeo. The newer turbo diesels are brill. Just go and test drive one.

    [COLOR=#000000](Note not 5 Door)[/COLOR] but have a look at this 2 door Renault Clio latests offer which has been posted here before -
    renault.co.uk/off…er1
    Bargain!

    Hi, my brother works for Arnold Clark in St Helens, i went to drop his lunch of yesterday and was looking at the cars for sale while i waited for him, they had a lovely Citroen Xsara Picasso 2005 reg for only £6000, the had others around this price but this one caught my eye.

    If you are brave then go to a car auction such as BCA (a big one with proper shiny buidings). Buy ex-fleet 3 year old cars, generally Vectras, Mondeos etc. They need an MOT and will usually have 60-80k miles, but should be absolutely fine, plus you'll save £1500-£2000 off forecourt prices. Go a couple of times before bidding to get a feel and see if you like it!!

    superstampy;1613459

    If you are brave then go to a car auction such as BCA (a big one with … If you are brave then go to a car auction such as BCA (a big one with proper shiny buidings). Buy ex-fleet 3 year old cars, generally Vectras, Mondeos etc. They need an MOT and will usually have 60-80k miles, but should be absolutely fine, plus you'll save £1500-£2000 off forecourt prices. Go a couple of times before bidding to get a feel and see if you like it!!



    Yep, you can save a fortune. Beware though. A lot of traders put their p/ex's in (that they can't sell on the forecourt), so if you don't know what you are looking at, it could be more trouble than its worth. As superstampy says, the ex fleet cars are the best so make sure you research them first. If you are after reliablility then I would go for Toyota/Mitsubishi.

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    Many thanks for all the advice

    Reliability is essential. Have a Toyota now and has been no bother. Auctions would be no use to me, I could only manage to kick the tyre to show my knowledge!

    I'd second the Citroen Xsara Picasso. Brand new ones can be had for £9500 or even less. Go for the SX variant, has aircon as standard. The 1.6 engines are a bit rough, the 1.8 is better, diesels are still attracting a high premium. It will sit 5 adults in comfort and with 550 litres of boot space will take all their luggage as well. The 1.6 regularly averages 35mpg round town and towards 40mpg on a motorway run. Cheap to insure and if you avoid dodgy colours are easy to sell on!

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    What are the latest thoughts on petrol v diesels or is it all the same price now?

    iglimpse;1620260

    What are the latest thoughts on petrol v diesels or is it all the same … What are the latest thoughts on petrol v diesels or is it all the same price now?


    Diesel and use biofuel.

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    Foxy102;1621796

    Diesel and use biofuel.



    What is biofuel?

    iglimpse;1624878

    What is biofuel?



    Have a look here en.wikipedia.org/wik…uel
    Biofuel is normally made by soya and it stinks to high heaven(not unsimilar to over frying and burning chips), how they can say it's environmentally friendly is beyond me.
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