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The key factor is fuel. A petrol Mondeo will be painless to own, will ride and handle brilliantly and be cheap to fix, which counts for a lot if you’re on a budget. Also, there are loads to choose from so it won’t take ages to find the spec you want.

UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars For Sale: We found a 2004, 54 plate car with 54,000 miles on the clock and a full service history from a recommended dealer at just £2,950. You'll be lucky to get a diesel version for the same money with less than 90,000 miles on the odometer.

Honda Accord

The Accord is a paragon of reliability. Although it’s possible to get high mileage versions of the 2004 to 2009 model for £3,000, it makes more sense to go for the model before and get a mint example of one the most reliable cars you can get for any money.

UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars For Sale: A 2002 1.8 with a full Honda service history with only 55,000 miles on the clock at only £2,295. It's £700 below budget and will be a car you’ll never have to think about.

Skoda Octavia

If you want a family hatchback that is extremely reliable, cheap to run and very practical then this might be for you.  The Octavia shares its chassis and running gear with the mighty Golf and in many ways slightly shades its premium brother. Passenger and luggage space are huge and refinement outstanding in this class. A car we often recommend.

UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars For Sale: We found a 2004 1.4, current shape car with only 52,000 on the clock for £2,999. Simple, reliable and cheap family motoring.

Lexus IS

The wild card here. If you have a bit of petrol in your veins but worry about the reliability and running costs of older prestige cars then this is the answer. Its build quality and reliability are peerless and the IS can be serviced cheaply by any Toyota dealer or specialist. Despite this it remains a credible alternative to a BMW 3 Series or Audi A4 of the same vintage. If you’re on a budget but want something a bit special then look no further.

UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars For Sale: A 2001 car with a full service history and under 60,000 miles on the clock is available for only £2,990.


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