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Used Cars: Are They All They're Cracked Up To Be?

For many people, the expense of buying a brand new car is just too high to justify the purchase. As a result, the second-hand market is the place to go to get the wheels of your dreams. Sure, it’s not brand new, but does it really need to be with so many cars now on the market that’ll go 100,000 miles plus?

Here are some of the best second-hand cars out there for people who want quality at a low price.

The Honda Civic
Honda has always been a company that’s been into quirky styling. And the Honda Civic is certainly a car that fits this bill. But if you don’t fancy paying a premium for the new styling, the Civic’s predecessor is a far more conventional-looking car. For this reason, and many others, the older Civic is appealing to buyers who want a bargain. The old styling has pushed the premium down on the car, but under the hood, it is essentially the same animal as the newer, more aggressive-looking civic. What’s more, once you’re inside the car, it’s hard to tell that you’re in an older model. Models with the SE trim look smart and luxurious. And the car is famous for its reliability. If you book an MOT, it’s unlikely you’ll find any problems. Hondas, like Toyotas, are built to last.

The Ford Focus
When the Focus was released in the late 1990s, it immediately became the successor to the ubiquitous Mondeo, a car that all aspiring gentlemen seemed to own. The Focus’s looks were what you might describe as edgy, and yet the public loved it, and it soon became Ford’s most popular selling car in Europe. Even today, some twenty years after the first Focus was released, the original models don’t look out of date. Focuses remain fresh and practical, even for modern living.

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Early cars might not have the same impressive fuel consumption as those built after 2012, but they are entertaining to drive, handle well and are smooth compared to their modern-day competition. Older Focuses, including the LX and Ghia models, can be found for less than £2,000 from some sellers.

The Ford Fiesta
Modern Fiestas are a cacophony of modern and expensive technologies. But go back just a few years and you get the same spunky ride but at a fraction of today’s cost. Fiestas built before 2010 were still nippy and practical, but they didn’t have to absorb so many government-imposed regulatory costs concerning safety. As a result, this makes them among the most practical and cheapest superminis that you can buy. If you’re in the market for a new Fiesta, look out for the 76PS 1.25 liter model as this is a good all-rounder. Also, investigate the higher performing 1.4 model that comes with an automatic gearbox.

 The Honda CR-V

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Finally, if you’re in the market for a bigger car but don’t want to spend tens of thousands on a Range Rover, check out the Honda CR-V. It’s an SUV that Honda has positioned as a viable alternative to the regular family hatchback. It’s got 925 liters of boot space and comes with a powerful 2.0-liter engine.

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