You will probably have been shocked to learn recently that British motorists spend an average of £695 every year looking after their cars.

For supercar owners, that might just be a tyre. For many Bangernomicists, that’s pretty much the maximum cost of their next motor, and if they were presented with a bill that large at any point in its life, it would be game over. What is much more of a worry is that this is 12% more than the global average. I say ‘worry’ because it suggests to me that we remain rip-off Britain when it comes to the cost of parts and servicing.

The challenge has to be going out and buying a sub-£700 motor that is interesting and won’t cost the same again within the next 12 months. As I often point out, buying used, especially cheap used, has a lot of luck involved, but as you continually prove on these pages, it is perfectly possible.