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    • hjf12345
    • By hjf12345 12th Jan 18, 9:30 PM
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    What car to buy my mum?
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    What car to buy my mum? 12th Jan 18 at 9:30 PM
    My mum (aged 73) has been driving a 2.0 litre Ford Focus for the past 10 years. It keeps breaking down and costing her lots of money to fix.

    I’m going to buy her a replacement and have a budget of £6k. She’s adamant she doesn’t want a ‘granny car’, such as a VW Up, so I’m considering a supermini - e.g. Ford Fiesta or Skoda Fabia. A used car with relatively low mileage.

    Ideally it would be economical to run, to fix and to tax. She does a fair amount of motorway driving as well as around town. It has to be an automatic, and I’m slightly nervous about her having anything more punchy than a 1.4l engine. She’s not as confident behind the wheel as she used to be.

    I don’t know much about cars and was hoping someone could give me some good advice on what to go for?

    Thanks in advance
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    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 12th Jan 18, 9:41 PM
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    Honda Jazz.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 12th Jan 18, 9:49 PM
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    I bought my mum a Nissan Qashqai auto. She loves it.
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    • hjf12345
    • By hjf12345 12th Jan 18, 9:58 PM
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    I think the Qashqai is too big for her. Something small but not tiny would be ideal!
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 12th Jan 18, 10:59 PM
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    Unless she does long journeys how about an electric car? I have seen Nissan Leafs around for under £6k.
    • Crabman
    • By Crabman 13th Jan 18, 12:06 AM
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    Search 'nissan' on this and other consumer forums and you'll quickly realise that Honda is a far more sensible option unless you have the energy to battle a manufacturer that has very low expectations of its customer service staff.
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    • WobblyDog
    • By WobblyDog 13th Jan 18, 6:54 AM
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    I've got a 3 door Fiesta, and my only complaint is that it's difficult to reverse because the rear windows are so small. It would probably be even worse for an elderly person with limited neck/back flexibility. So don't buy one of those unless it has a reversing camera. The 5 door is probably a bit better.
    • vikingaero
    • By vikingaero 13th Jan 18, 9:16 AM
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    Something Japanese or Korean - the Jazz is a very good suggestion. She will appreciate the light steering and controls. You have to think differently for older people. I test drove a Merc for my 80 year old Dad and the Sport model had jiggly ride with the sports suspension and 19" alloys, and the steering needed constant correction over bumpy roads. The SE version suited him better because of the 17" alloys, standard suspension which made the steering better.
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    • loskie
    • By loskie 13th Jan 18, 9:23 AM
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    I would suggest Jazz too. but she may see it as a granny car. It will be spacious, reliable, easy to get in and out of. Good visibility from it. All the things that she would need.
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 13th Jan 18, 9:25 AM
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    Honda Jazz.
    Originally posted by neilmcl
    An archetypal "granny car", as tested by the Top Gear mothers. Not that it isn't a good car, but seems to be exactly what the OP's mum doesn't want.
    • RichardD1970
    • By RichardD1970 13th Jan 18, 10:45 AM
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    Maybe a Kia if a Jazz is too "Granny".

    Something like a Rio, smaller than her Focus but not too small, for £6000 you could get quite a nice newish one with the balance of the 7 year manufacturers warranty and usually better specc'ed than the more mainstream manufacturers.
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 13th Jan 18, 12:32 PM
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    Jazz is a granny car. See also Hyundai i10 etc.

    Fiesta is a good call, my mother, who will be 80 this year has one. 1.25l engine I think, not going to lay strips of rubber on the tarmac at the traffic lights but plenty for the motorway.
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    • SuzieSue
    • By SuzieSue 13th Jan 18, 1:41 PM
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    Jazz is a granny car. .
    Originally posted by onomatopoeia99
    Only in the UK. In the US it is a young person's car. My 28 year old stepson has one and loves it.
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 13th Jan 18, 1:48 PM
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    VW Polo. .
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 13th Jan 18, 1:51 PM
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    What about a Juke or even a Smart for2, that would be different. DD wants something small and different and is looking at a Twingo next week.
    • Jorell00
    • By Jorell00 13th Jan 18, 1:56 PM
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    Toyota yaris 1.3 auto. Cracking town car.
    • mgfvvc
    • By mgfvvc 13th Jan 18, 2:42 PM
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    I'm inclined to agree with the Yaris.

    Is a Ford B-Max a granny car?
    • elsien
    • By elsien 13th Jan 18, 2:53 PM
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    My 80 year old auntie has had a succession of skoda fabias which she is very happy with. She's only had several because she's one of those that insists on changing it every 3 years, not because she's ever had a problem. Meanwhile mine is a 2006 model which has cost very little in maintenance so far.
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    • mbwoy84
    • By mbwoy84 13th Jan 18, 2:57 PM
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    Fiesta 1.4 Automatic

    Totally universal car in terms of age. Popular with young, old and everyone in between. Reliable and cheap to run and maintain. Decent auto box for a small car (get proper auto not semi). Not painfully slow and not too powerful either.
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 13th Jan 18, 3:50 PM
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    Chances are her Focus keeps breaking down because she just uses it to do very short journeys around town. Anything you get will end up being exactly the same.
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