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    • lknights1987
    • By lknights1987 24th Apr 18, 11:10 PM
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    Buying a car
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    • 24th Apr 18, 11:10 PM
    Buying a car 24th Apr 18 at 11:10 PM
    My girlfriend has a budget of 1500 to buy an automatic car to get out and about with our newborn son more easily whilst I'm at work.

    She is looking for something small ie VW polo or Skoda Fabia but with her budget there isn't many automatic cars around for under 1500 so I'm thinking of getting a car on HP. I am able to contribute 110 a month if we go down the HP option.

    What is the best option buying a car nowadays? HP, lease or outright?

    I am thinking if we bought a car under 1500 it might be expensive to maintain in the long run then it would if we bought a car that has low millage, and no more then 2 years old.
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    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 25th Apr 18, 8:58 AM
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    • 25th Apr 18, 8:58 AM
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    • 25th Apr 18, 8:58 AM
    Cash works.

    I buy high mileage cars for 2000 and run then for 5 years or so with little expenses.

    A 1500 car needs a service just the same as a 10,000 car. It will only be expensive to maintain if you buy poorly. Right car at the right price.... But servicing and condition is 10000000%%%% more important than what colour or what trim etc etc..

    A newer car will just depreciate more. The bills are still there...

    Just check all the threads where the cars broken and they are still paying the finance. But cannot pay the finance and fix it.

    Autotrader currently have over 2000 sub 1500 automatic cars showing..
    Where is the shortage?
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    • Herzlos
    • By Herzlos 25th Apr 18, 9:19 AM
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    • 25th Apr 18, 9:19 AM
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    • 25th Apr 18, 9:19 AM
    Unless she must have an automatic (auto only license or mobility problems) then I'd strongly encourage getting a manual - cheaper, much more choice.

    There should be plenty of choices around 1500, but you may find that even going to say, 3000 by borrowing the other 1500 (<100/month over 2 years) will give you a lot more options.

    But buy purely on condition - has it been looked after? Has it been maintained? Service history? Are the tyres the same?
    • Bigphil1474
    • By Bigphil1474 25th Apr 18, 11:13 AM
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    • 25th Apr 18, 11:13 AM
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    • 25th Apr 18, 11:13 AM
    OP, might be worth you asking around family and friends and seeing if anyone is selling a reasonably priced car - if you know the history of a car, and it's owner, more chance of it not being a lemon. Even the best car dealer in the world will only know the short history of any car they sell, and for the budget you are at, you aren't going to be entitled to guaranteed trouble free motoring from any car you buy.
    • GunJack
    • By GunJack 25th Apr 18, 11:42 AM
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    • 25th Apr 18, 11:42 AM
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    • 25th Apr 18, 11:42 AM
    I'd buy for 500-1000 (depending on the car) and keep 500-1000 towards possible repairs - if it don't need much, you're quids-in

    and for the budget you are at, you aren't going to be entitled to guaranteed trouble free motoring from any car you buy.
    Originally posted by Bigphil1474
    no you're not, but neither are you guaranteed a lemon, and no matter how high you spend you're not guaranteed trouble-free motoring, even new & expensive cars have problems.

    Condition & test-drive are more important, especially so at lower prices

    edit - a quick look at autotrader unearthed this, for example:-

    https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201804245877254?price-to=1000&onesearchad=Used&radius=1500&transmission= Automatic&advertising-location=at_cars&sort=price-asc&postcode=ll114hz&page=2
    Last edited by GunJack; 25-04-2018 at 11:49 AM.
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    • cajef
    • By cajef 27th Apr 18, 11:35 AM
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    • 27th Apr 18, 11:35 AM
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    • 27th Apr 18, 11:35 AM
    With your girlfriend's budget, I think there are many great options. For your information, Japanese used car is very cheap, you can choose favorite used cars for sale under $1000 = 827 (not yet including tax) (example site: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. If a used car passes inspection, it means its condition is very good.
    Originally posted by DidierAubin87
    As this is a UK site it is no use quoting prices in dollars and referring to American sites.
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    • DidierAubin87
    • By DidierAubin87 9th May 18, 12:01 PM
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    • 9th May 18, 12:01 PM
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    • 9th May 18, 12:01 PM
    As this is a UK site it is no use quoting prices in dollars and referring to American sites.
    Originally posted by cajef
    Actually, this used car site is from Japan. You still can choose UK currency to know the total price
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 9th May 18, 4:01 PM
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    Curious what your going to get for under 1500 delivered from Japan and have any modifications required to pass a UK MOT.

    Unless the OP was after something specific and extremely rare then buying an unseen car from Japan should be avoided.

    Adding 700 for shipping wont buy much of a car.
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    • dresdendave
    • By dresdendave 9th May 18, 5:52 PM
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    • 9th May 18, 5:52 PM
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    • 9th May 18, 5:52 PM
    Curious what your going to get for under 1500 delivered from Japan and have any modifications required to pass a UK MOT.

    Unless the OP was after something specific and extremely rare then buying an unseen car from Japan should be avoided.

    Adding 700 for shipping wont buy much of a car.
    Originally posted by forgotmyname
    Not to mention the 15,000 mile drive there and back if you need any repairs under warranty.
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