What To Buy
How to work out which of the thousands of cars for sale is the one for you
There are hundreds of makes and models of car to choose from and working out which is right for you may not be easy. Even if your budget is small, all sorts of car types will be within reach, so think about:
The type of car.
Petrol or diesel?
Establish what the insurance and servicing costs will be
Automatic or manual?
Don't be put off by a high-mileage ex-company car, as these tend to be very affordable. They're normally cared for mechanically (you can check the bodywork, interior and service history easily enough), but most of the miles will have been covered at running temperature. Low-mileage cars that have done lots of very short journeys will have been run cold most of the time – and that's really bad news for the engine.