I knew I was onto something a few hundred years ago when I suggested that used cars were great value and ideally should not be thrown away.
I am glad some readers agree with me about the whole Bangernomics thing. They also tell me how disappointed they are about how unfixable and expensive modern used cars are.
In the past, I’ve made reference to ‘cockroach cars’ – in other words, used motors that just run and run and are seemingly invincible. Yes, buying any used car is something of a risk and it is always easy to go wrong, but I’ve had a run of previously expensive new vehicles that continued to be utterly reliable. Luxoroaches might be my thing, but I think there are still some basic bangers out there that might do a job.
My default destination for contemporary bangers is always Japan. The Corolla is a legend, of course, and somewhat long in the automotive tooth, but it is reassuringly basic. There are tons around. I looked on a free ad website, which is the only place to look, and there were 500 of them. A few hundred pounds or less gets a dented but reliable 1.3 with the ‘guppy’ face from 1999. The word ‘reliable’ cropped up in every single ad, even the expensive £450 ones.