13 November 2003

The Ford Fiesta is rapidly shaping up to be the hottest nearly new supermini deal, with prices at £6000 now being reported.

Surprisingly, Ford main dea-lers are becoming a rich vein for some of the keenest bargains. Most of the £6k cars are still the last shape, but committed searching for a new one can pay off. For example, we spotted a 1.3 Finesse with 10k miles on the clock on sale at a Midlands dealer for £6000.

Most cars, though, are a little pricier but if you’re planning on spending £7000, you can now virtually choose your colour and spec. Most of the cars in stock tend to be the discontinued 1.3-litres, but the later 1.25-litre models are around, usually wearing a £6995 price tag for a Finesse 5dr with a few thousand miles on the clock. Best of all, most salesmen are keen to knock off a few hundred quid if it means securing a deal.

Used car supersites still don’t have forecourts crammed with new-shape Fiestas but they’re worth a try. Some of the most tempting prices when we went looking were £6799 for a 1.3 Finesse 5dr at London’s Great Trade Centre or £100 more for a 10k 03-plate car at Fords of Winsford.

By contrast, getting hold of a new Nissan Micra is still going to mean spending around a grand more. Typical main dealer prices are currently running at around £7795 for an 03-plate 1.2 S 3dr with 5k on the clock. That’s a mere £200 less than the list price.

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