For reasons that I can’t possibly begin to explain, I was at a car boot sale recently.
Fortunately, my car already has a boot, but while I was there I learned that just about any vehicle qualifies as prime boot-sale material. At this particular event (and, I guess, at most of them), it was best not to turn up in a van or a 4x4, since the pitch charge for such a vehicle was £9. Go in something less commercial — as I did — and you saved £2.
Not surprisingly, I had the only BMW 7 Series in the field. While there, I had two offers for it, and it wasn’t even up for sale. It was unwashed and covered in bird guano, but that had me thinking that a boot sale could actually be a great place to flog your car. Anyway, this is something of a long-winded way of telling you that, according to my on-the-spot research, the Vauxhall Zafira is the quintessential booty vehicle of choice.
Within yards of my shed-sized pitch, there were no fewer than four of Luton’s compact family lorries. None of them was remotely ‘sheddy’, either. I do think the Zafira has improved markedly over the years.
Obviously, I would highlight an early one as something that’s ideal for jobbing tradesmen who need some seats for the family at the weekend. You can’t go too cheap, because the few-hundred-quid examples don’t have MOT certificates and, even at £400, the interior will be completely shot. Anything below £500 seems to be a Category C, although that isn’t fatal.