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Budget Buys

Budget Buys

We all have dreams. Some are harmless fantasies others shouldn’t be written down at all. In the real world life shows us that dreams are just that and most of us have to live with the reality.

So it is with cars. If your unattainable object of desire is a Bugatti, or Maserati or, indeed, any car ending in ‘i’, don’t despair, because you can still enjoy your motoring in cars costing £500 or less.

There comes a point in a car’s life when it ceases to depreciate in value. Provided it is in generally good order there is no real reason why it shouldn’t go on providing reliable service. There’s plenty for sale on well known auction sites and apps like I Want A Car and there are even car sales sites specifically aimed at cars priced under £500.

How about the Audi 80? Built until 1996 with all the aero-dynamics of a house brick, it proved to be a reliable servant until superseded by the legendary A4. In fact, you can find early A4’s within this budget. Then there’s the Peugeot 306, which has always been the choice for people looking for an excellent car on a budget. Don’t forget the ubiquitous Clio and Corsa, the Fiesta and so many more. There’s loads of these little gems around. These compact cars have already developed a huge cult following due to their cheap-to-buy-and-run nature; and they are decent drivers too, once you get used to their peculiarities. With their cost-effective engines they are all decent economical choices. Be careful with your purchase and any of these, or similar, cars will do the job.

There are drawbacks of course. Aren’t there always? If you buy a cheap car don’t necessarily think the insurance will be cheap, so shop around. Undoubtedly, any car you buy for little money will have some niggles so it helps to have a bit of mechanical knowledge; but there is a lot an amateur can do with some borrowed tools, a Haynes manual and a bit of patience.

The point is that it is still possible to have the pleasure of car ownership when money’s tight. If you search diligently then hopefully you’ll find a clean example that you can wash and polish and take some pride in. You can of course, carry on dreaming but one day you are going to have to wake up.

 

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One Response to “Budget Buys”

  1. SuperCar83 says:

    I completely agree, with careful research and understanding of what to look for in a car you can pick up a great used car for under £500. I mean it will never be able to match the likes of a brand new car, but you’ll be amazed at what you can pick up and the quality you can get, too.

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