Advice PLEASE on choosing a used car

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    jo

    hello all
    I am a single mum with 2 teen boys and 2 messy dogs.
    I have had an old (diesel) fiesta before which I loved but needed bigger.
    Got an astra hatch back as it was the eco diesel (£30) tax a year.
    Now I’d like an estate. I dont really know anything about cars sorry to be ignorant. But thats where you lovely people can help :)
    I want a car that doesn’t matter getting dirty/wet inside
    Good mpg as I drive daily round and round town aswell as long trips.
    Space space and more space .
    Obviously I don’t want it to break down every month.
    I also ideally would like automatic as I have joint problems and driving is getting harder but I’m stubborn so I’ll bend on that.
    Leather seats would be fab for cleaning purposes but again, not a must.
    I have around £1000 to spend maybe more.
    I have looked at these cars…
    merc E320 cdi elegance 2002 166000 miles £1100
    ford Focus lx tdci 2006 138000 miles £1300
    Audi A6 Avant 2.5 tdi SE Tiptronic Auto 16000 miles £1300
    Volkswagen Passat 1.9TDI PD ( 130bhp ) Trendline 190000 miles £1500
    I have also seen a petrol berlingo £995 1999 80000 miles
    A Volvo v70 Volvo V70 2.4 2002MY D5 S auto 202000 miles £1500
    I’ve also looked for peugot partners
    Just can’t seem to find the right thing and I’m pretty confused hahaha
    many thanks
    Jo

  • #66900 Reply

    jo

    oh and I don’t want a vauxhall again as although it’s great car, the gears and hand break don’t get on with my joints whereas the ford was always ok for me.

  • #66902 Reply
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    Hi Jo. At that budget, the make and model is less important than condition and service history. If you are unlucky, you could end up with a car that could cost a lot more in repairs and maintenance than you are paying for it. Any of those cars is a reasonable choice, so make your decision based on service books and the car’s condition.

    Make sure you drive any car you are considering so you can listen for noises and get a feel for the car. You don’t have to know much about cars, just trust your senses.


    jo

    thank you stuart that is a good point. thanks
    jo

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