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    • sugarbabe84
    • By sugarbabe84 6th Jul 18, 1:18 PM
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    Places to find a bargain used car
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    • 6th Jul 18, 1:18 PM
    Places to find a bargain used car 6th Jul 18 at 1:18 PM
    I’m looking for a used car with a budget of 6000.

    My preference is a polo, with less than 30k miles and ideally 2015 reg onwards.

    My first car was from an auction. It was 4K, 11k miles and only 2 years old. I had my brother going with me to the auction at that time and it was a bargain.

    I have no one to go with me this time round and I have been on autotrader where I don’t see good deals. In any case, many of the car dealers selling on autotrader get their cars through auction.

    I was wondering what other options there are online apart from autotrader?

    I could go to the auction myself, but I worry that I will stick out like a sore thumb.

    Oops just realised I’m in the wrong section!
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    • Nile
    • By Nile 6th Jul 18, 10:43 PM
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    • 6th Jul 18, 10:43 PM
    Hi, we move threads if we think they’ll get more help elsewhere (please read the forum rule) so this post/thread has been moved to another board. If you have any questions about this policy please email forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com.

    I’ve moved your thread from the ‘I wanna’ board to the ‘Motoring’ board, where it is better suited.

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    • tacpot12
    • By tacpot12 6th Jul 18, 11:33 PM
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    If you have time to go to a number of auctions, you might stick out less once you have seen how they work, how people dress and behave.

    But I think your best option is either to find a bit more money (£500+ or relax your criteria slightly) and by at a VW Dealer, or find a Polo at a non-VW Franchise (one they have taken in part exchange). This might take a little work, but with the internet you won't need to go anywhere to find which dealers near you that have a Polo. You might start by trying to figure out which are the brands that people who have had a new Polo and don't like are most likely to trade up to/down from. e.g. Polo drivers are very unlikely to buy from a Jaguar dealership, but might from a Renault dealer, if the found the Polo's ride too firm.

    You won't find any bargain Polos.
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 6th Jul 18, 11:42 PM
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    I was wondering what other options there are online apart from autotrader?

    I could go to the auction myself, but I worry that I will stick out like a sore thumb.
    Originally posted by sugarbabe84

    Why not post which city is close to where you live, so people can recommend a local car dealer?

    • wgl2014
    • By wgl2014 7th Jul 18, 8:28 AM
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    • 7th Jul 18, 8:28 AM
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    • 7th Jul 18, 8:28 AM
    Consider a car from other VAG brands, Seat Ibiza or Skoda Fabia are both similar to the Polo but may be a bit cheaper although not massively.

    Have a look on eBay and Gumtree for private sales as well as your local free paper. If you aren't confident checking the car over in a private sale it could still be cheaper to arrange an inspection report by RAC or similar.
    • konark
    • By konark 8th Jul 18, 12:50 AM
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    Polos are rarely bargains, they seem to sell for a lot more than similar cars., god knows why.
    • missile
    • By missile 8th Jul 18, 6:15 AM
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    • 8th Jul 18, 6:15 AM
    Polos are rarely bargains, they seem to sell for a lot more than similar cars., god knows why.
    Originally posted by konark
    Because some like them
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    • fatbelly
    • By fatbelly 8th Jul 18, 7:10 AM
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    • 8th Jul 18, 7:10 AM
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    • 8th Jul 18, 7:10 AM
    I think you're going to struggle to get a Polo with your criteria. If you're looking for one with the 1.2 tsi engine (which is a good un) then you can go older and with a bit of searching get one for near 6k and under 30000 miles.

    On Autotrader I found one, a 1.2 TSI 105 SEL 5dr for £6500. 26k miles. In Knebworth. It's a 2010 model.

    If you want to switch to Skoda you will get more recent, but even there 2015 is going to be a struggle.

    Another option would be to drop down a model and look at an Up/Mii/Citigo
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