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In fairness, if you crashed an old mini you will invariably die...
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Try learning some social graces mate
no, try accepting things mate why have someone lie to you just to make you feel better? At the end of the day what i said was the truth. 500 is not going to buy you want you want, end off. Stretch that budget by a couple of hundred then perhaps yes, but at 500 you're not going to find something that has everything working and is fuel efficient. If this makes you feel better though. 500 quid will buy you one of the most reliable cars you will ever find, i'd look on auto trader. They should have fairly low miles (probably 10,000) and you won't need to change any parts.
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Autotrader.

The best thing to do is simply to go down to some traders. There are people who specialise in selling cheap cars for first-time buyers, and their stock is constantly changing. Go down and have gander! You'll be able to find something that works and has nothing major wrong with it, you just have to keep looking around, and obviously don't expect any mod-cons.

(Original post by Jarve99)
I'm doing the same but will have around £600 I think. I'm going japanese. Can get a car for £600 with full electrics and air con and all the works with 88bhp. Not to stupidly high mileage, either. I'm not going to let on which one because I don't want you to take one I might like, lol.
Getting a decent car which works well AND has electric windows and air-con isn't likely

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They should have fairly low miles (probably 10,000) and you won't need to change any parts.
Presumably you mean 100k?
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I got a my first car for £450 :/ its been fine till recently, where it randomly goes to sleep :s:/ tad of a worry...
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How old are you talking? I have a 12 year old Ford Ka and that gets between 45-50mpg. I haven't seen any newer cars that do much better.
I think how gas-guzzling the car is depends more on how powerful it is than its age.
My 13 year old corsa constantly needs filling up, my dad's commented on the rubbishness of its energy efficiency, so it must be bad..
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http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk...cleRegLetter=P
http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk...cleRegLetter=T
http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk...cleRegLetter=P

Who says there aren't good cars for that price? Though they're only 1l they'll not be that thirsty.
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I got a Renault Scenic, 10 years old
£250...
Seems good so far
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(Original post by jacketpotato)
Autotrader.

The best thing to do is simply to go down to some traders. There are people who specialise in selling cheap cars for first-time buyers, and their stock is constantly changing. Go down and have gander! You'll be able to find something that works and has nothing major wrong with it, you just have to keep looking around, and obviously don't expect any mod-cons.


Getting a decent car which works well AND has electric windows and air-con isn't likely


Presumably you mean 100k?
I know which car I'm getting already. Just got to visit a few. It is likely. The sacrifice comes from the boring reputation and dull looks. But for a £600 run around, I really couldn't care less, lol.
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Try learning some social graces mate
If you want social graces, TSR isn't really the place. ****
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no, try accepting things mate why have someone lie to you just to make you feel better? At the end of the day what i said was the truth. 500 is not going to buy you want you want, end off. Stretch that budget by a couple of hundred then perhaps yes, but at 500 you're not going to find something that has everything working and is fuel efficient. If this makes you feel better though. 500 quid will buy you one of the most reliable cars you will ever find, i'd look on auto trader. They should have fairly low miles (probably 10,000) and you won't need to change any parts.
Well thanks for your honesty, but I think it's self-evident that old cars are a lot worse than new, more expensive cars which I can't afford.
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Volvo lovin!
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(Original post by R. Murray)
http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk...cleRegLetter=P
http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk...cleRegLetter=T
http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk...cleRegLetter=P

Who says there aren't good cars for that price? Though they're only 1l they'll not be that thirsty.
Thanks!
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Gumtree is very good for finding bargains, they have a section for cars that are £500 and under
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Well thanks for your honesty, but I think its self-evident that old cars are a lot worse than new, more expensive cars which I can't afford.

Not necessarily. I'd choose an Old Beetle (ideally pre '71) over a new small car, just so long as its just me and my friends that would be driving in it. I'd rather not take the kids along, as well that's what the Passat is for, and if some moron slams into me whilst I'm driving that then we'd be much more likely to come out in one piece...


Saying that, I did accidentally do a spot of ice skating in my old bug. I probably shouldn't have up-rated the power without also doing something to increase the grip of the wheels (alloys for bugs aren't that much, so long as you go for some Empi's from eBay or something). Luckily it was around 8am on a Saturday morning and there was nothing else on the road with me, as otherwise it could have been messy...


I still fancy getting an old Porsche one day though, even if the maintenance costs are rather ridiculous. Maybe in five years time I'll get one and try to keep it for a year, see how things go, etc...
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Not necessarily. I'd choose an Old Beetle (ideally pre '71) over a new small car, just so long as its just me and my friends that would be driving in it. I'd rather not take the kids along, as well that's what the Passat is for, and if some moron slams into me whilst I'm driving that then we'd be much more likely to come out in one piece...


Saying that, I did accidentally do a spot of ice skating in my old bug. I probably shouldn't have up-rated the power without also doing something to increase the grip of the wheels (alloys for bugs aren't that much, so long as you go for some Empi's from eBay or something). Luckily it was around 8am on a Saturday morning and there was nothing else on the road with me, as otherwise it could have been messy...


I still fancy getting an old Porsche one day though, even if the maintenance costs are rather ridiculous. Maybe in five years time I'll get one and try to keep it for a year, see how things go, etc...
Truth be told, I'd absolutely love an old mini, ideally with a union jack pattern on the roof :p: someone around where i live has an old 1970s porsche, looks rusty but it definitely has class
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No, I usually only go for younger women, and I would certainly never pay £500.


Probably should have read the thread, but I'm taking my chances here
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It's true. Mine's always got at least one issue, it always squeaks and rattles going over uneven surfaces. AND you're less likely to get power steering in old bangers. All the manoevures you get taught go out the window and you have to wing it. Great for working on your arms though... :rolleyes:
Squeaks and rattles over a bump means you have a problem with something, shouldn't take too long to narrow down the problem and parts for your 'older' car will invariably be cheaper.
I've got a £500 car with a few toys inc. AirCon PAS, self leveling suspension, well looked after, etc. So its not impossible, just got to look in the right places
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(Original post by Stomm)
Not necessarily. I'd choose an Old Beetle (ideally pre '71) over a new small car, just so long as its just me and my friends that would be driving in it. I'd rather not take the kids along, as well that's what the Passat is for, and if some moron slams into me whilst I'm driving that then we'd be much more likely to come out in one piece...
Indeed the crash test videos of beetles are fairly uhh...concerning.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=UKf4dsn9Zs0

But never mind:p: doesn't stop me driving it




Anyway, OP what about a older polo? from what i have seen they are cheap at the moment and i presume a little less fuel hungry than the golf. Or as mentioned above you could go for an early mark golf.
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No, I usually only go for younger women, and I would certainly never pay £500.


Probably should have read the thread, but I'm taking my chances here
Lol! I already gave +rep today so you can have some tomorrow
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This. Unfortunately. Old cars also guzzle petrol
Coblers.

My 31 year old MG gets over 30mpg. Even by todays standards this is good for a 1.8 petrol.

OP, I purchased a Volvo 850 GLT last year for £550. It's served me quite well with only basic maintainence. Fuel consumption was, over the last 14,000 miles 29.6mpg. When my mate borrowed it and put 3,000 miles on the clock in a month just going up and down the A55 140 miles a day @ 70mph the consumption improved to 34.5 mpg.

Not bad from a 2.0 litre eh?
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