If you want to go fast, you don't have to spend more than you would on an average family hatchback. Cars like BMW's 535i (1996-2003) and the Mercedes-Benz CLK430 (1997-2002) offer luxury cabins and big engines, but thanks to heavy initial depreciation, can be had for a smidgen under £2000.
Despite an almost endless succession of supercars being unveiled in 2015, Bugatti's Veyron is still seen as something of a figurehead for modern engineering. Its 253mph top speed and 987bhp power output might not seem so outlandish in the face of cars like the LaFerrari FXX K and McLaren's P1 GTR, but this is the car that started - and for a long time ended - the supercar arms race. But what would the realities of buying a used example be? Lewis Kingston guides us through them.
While testing all three generations of Porsche's iconic 911 GT3 this summer, we took the opportunity to name our personal favourites of the breed. Prices for 996 GT3 models start at around £60,000 and rise all the way to £137,000 for a right-hand-drive 991 GT3. Andrew Frankel talks us through the best examples.
There's no need to sacrifice performance or driving pleasure for the sake of family practicality. Models such as Skoda's Octavia vRS, the Volkswagen Golf GTi and Lexus IS300 all offer sports car performance, but can still do everything you'd expect from a family runabout.
Let's face facts: very few of us will ever be able to afford a new Ferrari, but the used car market can yield far more affordable options. Whether it's from Ferrari's own stock, or from other manufacturers who signed deals with the prancing horse, Mark Pearson reveals how to put a Ferrari on your drive for less than £30,000.
If you've got a big family you need a big car, but that doesn't mean you need to spend big money. Steve Cropley has rounded up options from Land Rover, Vauxhall, Renault, Volvo and Toyota - and all for less than £2000.
What do the Mercedes-Benz 300D, Fiat Coupé 20v Turbo and Land Rover Discovery TD5 have in common? They're all powered by five-cylinder engines. Lewis Kingston explains how you can thrive on five for a budget of just £5000.
At around £10,000, Fiat's Panda is great value for money, but did you know that for the same money you could buy a Porsche 911 instead? Or how about a 370bhp Maserati 3200GT? Performance car ownership needn't break the bank, says Mark Pearson, and these options are guaranteed to turn heads.
Only two things are known to survive a nuclear war: cockroaches and the Mk2 Nissan Micra. The Micra and other cars like it just won't quit, no matter how much mud, poor maintenance and rust is thrown their way. Nigel Donnelly counts down his favourites.
There would be no better way to round out this look back at the best used car buying guides of 2015 without mentioning your own successes. Whether it's getting £16,000 off the price of a nearly new Audi A7 or eschewing the sensible performance hatchback for the Porsche 911 you've always dreamed of, you've proved that the art of Bangermomics really does begin at home.