One of the great things about the car market is just how quickly prices on cars fall as soon as the cars are used. Most of the time, the fall in the price of the car far exceeds any wear, depreciation or even changes in fashion.
But it’s thanks to the much lower prices at second hand that the used car market is so exciting. It’s really the first port of call for many of us interested in a buying a new car.
With 2016 now well underway this post asks what are the hottest used cars out there right now? And where can you get hold of one?
Made famous (or infamous) by years of abuse on the BBC series, Top Gear, the Kia Cee’d is something of a poster-child for bad cars. But that reputation denies the fact that as a second-hand car, the Kia has an awful lot to offer – still.
The major selling point of Kias have always been their low running costs, excellent mileage and seven-year warranty. And it’s the warranty that really makes the Kia shine as a second-hand car. What it may have lacked in personality around the track is more than made up for by the fact that when you buy the car, it’ll probably keep on running. And even if it doesn’t, you’ll probably be able to get it repaired under warranty, provided it’s less than seven years old.
Forget for a second about the emissions scandal that has embroiled VW over the last year or so and thinks about what made that company great. Was VW made great because of low emissions? No. Was it made great by its scrupulous emissions testing procedure? No. Was it made great by the fact that it’s cars saved the planet? No.
It was made great by the fact that it’s cars, particularly the VW had an enduring build quality that was hard to beat.
What’s more, VWs, especially those built after 2000, have a timeless quality about them. They haven’t aged, like so many other cars from the early 2000s, and they still look great out on the road. In fact, I bet if VW went back to their aggressive design on the 2006 version of the Golf, nobody would even notice. Right now 2010 VWs Golfs are going for around on £7,000 Used Car Supermarket.
The Focus has been one of the most successful cars ever to hit the British market. And it’s not at all difficult to see why. The car is just put together so well. The engine is a solid performer, if a little gas-guzzling. The interiors are robust and roomy. The boot space is excellent for a car in its class. And the car won a 5 – star Euro NCAP award thanks to its excellent crash-test rating. And for second-hand buyers, the reliability is all there. Which, at the end of the day, is why the Focus is probably the second-hand car you want to buy.