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Advice required on cheap car - to £1,500

Discussion in 'off topic' started by glenda, Aug 12, 2022.

  1. glenda

    glenda pfm Member

    Hi folks,
    We live around 1.5 miles from a small town with excellent public transport but the track leading to our property is onto an A road with no pavements. The path at the back of the house leads to a paved cycle path.
    We are hoping to house a Ukrainian family from the end of the month , a woman and 3 girls over 12.My wife is between jobs so can do the driving for a month.
    After that, we're not sure. I was thinking of lending/giving the family the money for a car.
    I know nothing about cars and am a non driver. Can you buy a reliable car for £1500 max? Just comparing it to a bike where I would never recommend a £100 bike.
    Any advice appreciated.
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  2. mikemusic

    mikemusic pfm Member

    Ford Focus of the appropriate age
  3. Rcook

    Rcook pfm Member

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  4. Snufkin

    Snufkin pfm Member

    Just a thought, try contacting a local 2nd hand car dealer and see if they could help. People are mostly very positive about the plight of Ukrainians so an association with such would be a bonus for any business involved.
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  5. mikemusic

    mikemusic pfm Member

    Excellent idea
    They could go for the publicity and cheap or even free
  6. Nigel

    Nigel pfm Member

    I use a 1998 Ford Focus to commute to work. 40 mile round trip. Cost me £600 four years ago and never fails. Only have wear and tear repairs on the yearly service. It's a Ghia so the CD player is decent enough as well. Appreciate a lot of people would not want to be seen driving a 25 year old car (my son is one!) but it certainly doesn't bother me.
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  7. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    my Dads Ford Focus has been bullet proof. His early one rusted away.
  8. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Me too, I ate one sour too.

    This - they may have a P/X knocking around you could borrow.

    Failing that, as a connoisseur of low budget motoring, a manual Ford Focus or Peugeot 307/308 5 door or estate spring to mind.
  9. Ali T

    Ali T pfm Member

    You should be able to find a Honda Accord at around that price. Honda reliability and ample room, especially if you can source an estate.
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  10. Rcook

    Rcook pfm Member

    "They all do that, Sir, it's a feature". Mechanically they are bulletproof as you say, they do tend to rust. Mazda 3 and Volvo S40/V50/C30 are based on the same platform as the Late-2000s model Focus
  11. Ali T

    Ali T pfm Member

    Good shout Nic, lot of bargains on there.
  12. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Ford badge, 10+ years old, ideally below 100k miles. Petrol engine if you can find one. Yes, fuel use will be more but they won't be doing mega miles. Ensure 6+ months MoT. £1500, take your pick, even in the current world of elevated prices.
    I run older cars, my current car is a 2009 diesel Audi A5 with 188k miles on board. I had great service from a Ford Mondeo 1.8 petrol, 2003. Bought it in 2014 with 95k miles, covered 60k incident free miles in 4 years at a cost of about £300 a year in servicing and MoT repairs (the usual run of brakes, suspension bushes, bearings etc). 38mog average over that time and tyres at £50 a corner. It was nice to drive too, against the odds. I'd have a Mondeo, Focus, Fiesta as a daily hack tomorrow, without hesitation.
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  13. AnilS

    AnilS pfm Member

    Something Japanese or unloved brand with a long MOT locally.
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  14. Nero

    Nero Don’t call me Bud

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  15. AnilS

    AnilS pfm Member

  16. Paul R

    Paul R pfm Member

    I would get an insurance quote and see how driver licencing works before worrying too much about vehicle specifics. That sorted, a 10-15 year old Ford Focus/Fiesta seems sensible.
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  17. stuwils

    stuwils pfm Member

    before you buy a car check its MOT and mileage using the gov uk site or dvla mot and tax checker app for smartphones, gives a detailed history of mot's and any advisories issued.
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  18. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    I would be thinking that insurance is as big a financial issue as buying the car. Is a Ukrainian driving licence / record acceptable to a UK insurance co.?
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  19. kensalriser

    kensalriser pfm Member

    Definitely check insurance first and don't forget vehicle licence duty as well, differences there can be huge.

    I'd say for a car at this level the make and model of the car is rather less important than the condition and history. I'd be looking for a 10+ year old small engined petrol car owned by an older person that doesn't drive a lot and has it serviced every year.
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  20. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    Yes insurance could be twice the cost of tha car . Good luck with that

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