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[WTD] Small Automatic Car (max budget £6500)

Discussion in 'classifieds' started by AnilS, Sep 28, 2022.

  1. AnilS

    AnilS pfm Member

    Looking for my niece (new driver and first car). If anyone knows of anyone selling or have one themselves, and thinking of letting it go. Criteria as follows:

    • Automatic gearbox (Not semi auto)
    • 2012 or newer
    • £6500 max
    • Good service history and MOT
    • HPI Clear
    • Non smokers car
    • Number of doors not important (3/5)
    • City car or small hatchback (thinking Hyundai i10 or Suzuki Swift)
    • Prefer engine size around 1.2 litres (petrol)
    • ULEZ compliant
    • Within 50 miles of the West Midlands
    Anyone have anything that fits the criteria? Greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2022
  2. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    West heath motors seems to have a great range of automatics in that range . Not checked today but in past have . Very good long standing and reliable garage and worth a visit
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  3. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    Worth reading the telegraph motoring pages re the i10 gearbox..not entirely complimentary
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  4. AnilS

    AnilS pfm Member

    Will do but very few pickings out there and plenty that are category damaged, without declaring it.
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  5. gerlando

    gerlando Prog Rocker
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  6. AnilS

    AnilS pfm Member

    @gerlando I did this but:
    • Anything Astra/Focus/Golf sized is too big
    • Corsa D outdated and she could have a Corsa E (looking at one maybe tomorrow)
    • Fiat/Aygo/Panda/107/C1/Up/Citigo/Mii are all clutchless manuals, not true automatics.
    Favouring a traditional auto, like Hyundai i10, Suzuki Swift .....
    Would consider DSG also but mostly out of budget.
  7. AnilS

    AnilS pfm Member

    Market for this size vehicle favours manuals unfortunately.

    Lets see what transpires. May have to compromise budget and age. I will help her and buy on condition.
  8. gerlando

    gerlando Prog Rocker

    Have you thought about a Fiat 500?
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  10. Rodrat

    Rodrat pfm Member

    If she can wait a couple a couple if months I suspect used car prices will tank. Fiesta 1.0 auto is good.
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  11. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    Used cars prices going through the roof !!! The Mrs bought a corsa new 10 years ago and going up in value .
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  12. AnilS

    AnilS pfm Member

    There's truth in prices up as @hifinutt has mentioned but I tend to agree with @Rodrat that prices will cool when the reality of cost of living hits in all aspects.

    This is the advice I have given her but I was putting it out there, if anyone was looking to offload. :)
  13. flutteringwow

    flutteringwow I am a sound quality evaluation device

    They've actually come down quite a lot in the last couple of months.

    Webuyanycar who basically control the market for preowned cars overbought through the pandemic and inflated the resale prices, but now with overstock, they have brought them down.

    My partners Audi was bought at £18k two years ago, it hit £23k last year, then £21k three months ago, but now down to £15k.
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  14. tenpercenter

    tenpercenter Don't ya rile 'em.....

    Can’t beat a Toyota Yaris for a smallish reliable car. Bought my daughter an 8 year old one 4 years ago and not missed a beat.
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  15. cj66

    cj66 pfm Member

    Don't put your trust in an older Ford auto box, they have a dubious reputation everywhere.
    Here, where auto is king and barely a manual box anywhere (normal cars), the Fords really had a very poor record for that dodgy auto box. Ford cars sales tanked so far that they have now pulled their presence from the country. (4x4s still very popular though).
    The Mazda 2 "Skyaktiv" auto is supposed to be very good.
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  16. AnilS

    AnilS pfm Member

    Nothing locally and we have been looking for a Yaris also.
  17. AnilS

    AnilS pfm Member

    Ford ecobomb they are nicknamed! We are avoiding these but the older tiptronic are OK.

    Mazda 2 Skyactiv rare as hens teeth.
  18. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

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  19. AnilS

    AnilS pfm Member

    Appreciated @JezmondTutu but looked at them and for a new driver, it has a few too many blindspots. She also found it a bit too big. Same with the Nissan Note.

    More compact, the better.

    Anyone have any experience if the Toyota iQ?

    I know it's barely a 3 seater but they already have a couple of larger cars at their disposal.
  20. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    Watch out for insurance on new drivers! I though a Swift would be a good car for one of my daughters (nearly 4 yrs driving now) and was surprised at how expensive that was going to be. And many of the usual suspects were also higher insurance than I thought - Corsas, Fiestas, Polos and so on. Maybe the boy racer image is hurting them? Anyway, we ended up with a 100Hp Yaris that was very reasonable (superb car btw!). Silly expensive at 4 years old, but it was low mileage, ex-motability and of course will be super reliable.

    Was not auto and in a different budget to OP request, but all the same... spend some time on the comparison sites for insurance is my recommendation. It seems it is not as simple as just what Ins group the car is in..

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