The beauty of buying used cars is that for the price of one shiny new one, you can bag a whole collection of rather more interesting pre-owned motors. We've picked our fantasy garages, from £5k to £25k.
I think the secret at this price point is not to buy too many motors. So we’ll stick to just three and even save a bit for a rainy breakdown day. Let’s start with a small one.
The Fiat Panda is a fabulous little town centre assault vehicle, but it can survive in the wild, too. It’s a utility vehicle into which you can pack a lot of stuff, and its boxy dimensions are just so. For £1000, you can pick up a 2004 Panda 1.2 Eleganza with less than 100,000 miles. Eleganzas are well equipped, with air-con and alloy wheels, and the little petrol engine should get you close to 50mpg. Make sure the cambelt has been done and double check that there’s no hint of a blown head gasket.