Top 5 Reliable Cars You Can Get Used for Under £3000

You need a reliable car to help you get on with your daily life. Whether you’re planning on going on a road trip, need to take your kids to school or want an easier way to commute to work, it’s important to have a car that supports your needs. However, you don’t want to buy a car that is too expensive. That’s why you should consider these 5 reliable cars that you can get used for under £3000.

Ford Fiesta

It’s normal for a car to lose its value after spending some time on the road. After all, driving around in a new car can eventually lead to deprecation because of wear and tear and unfortunate bumps and potholes on the road. But that shouldn’t stop you from being able to get a nice car for under £3,000 with modern technology included.

The Ford Fiesta has been one of the best-selling cars over the last 40 years. So, it’s very likely that you will be able to find a second-hand model that is currently on sale. We would recommend the Mk5 or Mk6 Fiesta. Both have a large amount of space in the boot and can seat up to 4 adults. Not only that but if you go for a titanium model, then you will have a car that has alloy wheels, auto headlights, keyless entry and cruise control. You’ll even have a choice about whether your car is petrol or diesel, manual or auto.

With this variety of choice and the knowledge that you can find a Ford Fiesta vehicle for under £3,000, they are worth buying second-hand!

Fiat Panda 100HP

Costing around £2,395 second-hand, the Fiat Panda 100HP is a great car to have if you live in a city. Not only does it have a large amount of boot space, but it is an extremely smooth drive. With a 1.4 litre petrol engine, you will find that the performance of the car is fantastic. It can go fast but also maintain its handling ability to ensure your safety on the road.

You’ll love being able to drive the Fiat Panda 100HP. It has a smooth exterior but is also comfortable enough to seat 4 people. Therefore, it’s worth purchasing as your new car.

Suzuki Swift

For drivers who are interested in small and lightweight cars under 3000 pounds, the Suzuki Swift may be the vehicle for you. Just keep in mind that you will have to purchase a second-generation Swift, from 2005 – 2010, or a sports model. The best thing about the Suzuki Swift is that it is a refined vehicle. With low running costs and a reliable design, you will find it easy to drive and always feel safe when you are on the road. Just keep in mind that it is a small vehicle, therefore it may not be suitable for drivers with large families.

MINI

Another type of small car that you can get for under £3000 is the MINI. BMW actually reinvented the MINI and made it a lot bigger than its predecessor. If you are interested in looking for a retro car that can provide an extremely exciting driving experience, you will find that the MINI is right up your street. As it only has three doors and a small boot, it is perfect for solo drivers or those who do not require a lot of space on their daily commute or road trips.

If you are thinking about purchasing a second-hand MINI or a cheap model, we would recommend the petrol MINI Cooper. They tend to have higher mileages but can also be a little older than their more modern models.

Honda Jazz

For those who are looking for a reliable build on a small budget, the Honda Jazz could be perfect for you. When you are looking for a cheaper vehicle, it can be difficult to find cars that hold up well on the road. That way you won’t need to pay for any repairs that occur in the near future. It is a very practical brand and you can even find an inexpensive first-generation car. So, it’s worth the purchase!

Have you found the perfect car?

Finding a car on a budget can be difficult. But don’t worry. If you look online or go to dealerships, it’s very likely that you will find a vehicle that will suit your needs and the amount you are willing to pay. Take your time and find the best car for you!

Proposed MOT changes are a ‘dangerously bad idea’

MOT testing station

Drivers have serious concerns about the Government’s plans to change the compulsory MOT from every year to every two years to reduce the cost of living.

According to an RAC survey of 1,435 motorists, an overwhelming majority (98%) believe it will lead to a rise in the number of unsafe vehicles on the road.

Additionally, a fifth (20%) thought it would lead to an increase in the number of collisions on the road. Almost two-thirds (61%) believe it would result in more vehicles breaking down.

More than half (55%) said they felt changing the MOT to every two years was a bad idea, just over a fifth (22%) said they thought it was a good idea while a similar proportion (23%) were unsure.

And, even though the Government’s proposal is meant as a way to ease financial pressures in the cost-of-living crisis, drivers are also not convinced about the possible money-saving benefits. 

More than half (58%) say the changes could end up costing drivers more in the long run due to problems or defects going undetected and becoming more costly to repair, while 44% believe it might cause garages to put prices up for other repairs to compensate for lost earnings from doing less MOT work.

Among the fifth of drivers who believe the changes would be a good idea, three-quarters (74%) say modern cars are more reliable and do not need annual checks, while more than half (54%) believe it will save them money. A confident 41% told the RAC that they check their car for basic roadworthiness and don’t need to pay for someone to do it officially on an annual basis.

A car requires an MOT three years after its first registration and thereafter on an annual basis. It currently costs a maximum fee of £54.80 for cars (class 4 vehicle), though many garages offer the test at a lower price. Prices vary depending on vehicle type.

Having been in place across the UK since 1960, the scope of the MOT has been expanded over the years to include additional checks, such as vehicle emissions which were added to the list of items required to be scrutinised in 2018.

It also underwent a major change in May 2018 with the move away from a simple pass or fail with advisories to a new five-category system. Failures were split into two classes: major and dangerous, while three pass categories were introduced: pass; pass with minor defects; and a pass with advisories.

RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “There is a real danger that if the Government proceeds with these proposals that we could see an increase in the number of collisions and more injuries and deaths due to more unroadworthy vehicles using our roads, and an overall reduction in road safety.

“We’ve written to the new Secretary of State for Transport and urged her to consign this idea to the bin and look at other ways to help cash-strapped drivers reduce their motoring costs.”

What is the UK’s leading breakdown provider?

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Start Rescue breakdown provider

Nationwide roadside rescue and recovery provider Start Rescue has been named the UK’s leading breakdown company.

In the annual Which? Recommended Provider customer survey, Start Rescue came out top for the fourth consecutive year, with the highest percentage of customers feeling they get value for money.

The research found that Start Rescue’s full home, roadside and national annual cover was more than £94 cheaper than the most expensive equivalent competitor, with its most affordable policy starting at just £19.75 per year. 

In taking the top spot in the Which? Recommended Provider Breakdown Services Survey, Start Rescue was placed ahead of some of the biggest names in breakdown, including the AA, RAC and Green Flag.

“Recognition by the largest independent consumer body in the UK for the fourth year in a row is a huge achievement for our team,” said Lee Puffett, Managing Director of Start Rescue. 

“I’m so proud of the fantastic feedback we continue to receive from our customers, which we believe is the mark of the quality and value for money offered by our range of breakdown cover.”

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2022 Ford Focus review

Ford Focus review

We road test the new, improved version of the popular Ford Focus – now with mild hybrid assistance available…

The current fourth generation of the Ford Focus five-door family hatchback and estate was launched in 2018 and has just been treated to a mid-life makeover.

Gaining bolder looks, an updated infotainment system and more advanced driver assistance technology, a mild hybrid system is also on offer for the first time.

The update couldn’t have come sooner because the Focus has been slipping down the sales charts as buyers switch to crossovers and fully electric/hybrid cars.

Ford Focus review

It’s also facing serious competition from newer rivals such as the Vauxhall Astra, Peugeot 308, Seat Leon, Mazda 3, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf.

As before, the freshly facelifted Focus is also available as a sporty ST variant or a rufty-tufty Active version which bridges the gap between conventional family cars and SUVs. 

Priced from £22,965, there’s now a choice of three engines – two petrol and one diesel. The three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol unit, so familiar to Fiesta and Puma owners, is available with outputs of 123bhp or 153bhp. 

Ford Focus review

Mild-hybrid tech is offered as an option on the less powerful version, and included as standard on the higher-output version, helping to boost both performance and efficiency. A choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic are available on both too. 

Accelerating to 60mph takes 10.2 seconds in the 123bhp car, or just 8.2 seconds on the more powerful mild hybrid model. The latter is the most efficient, returning a decent 54.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 116g/km. 

If performance is more important to you, then go for the Focus ST hot hatch, which benefits from a 2.3-litre petrol engine delivering 276bhp and a 0-60mph time of just 5.7 seconds.

Ford Focus review

High-mileage drivers still have the option of a diesel – a 118bhp 1.5-litre unit that comes with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. 

A 9.6-second 0-60mph sprint time is possible, while Ford claims an impressive 61.4mpg fuel economy figure (CO2 emissions as low as 120g/km).

My test car came in high spec ST-Line Vignale trim and was fitted with the 153bhp version of Ford’s punchy 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, paired with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Ford Focus review

The refreshed front end adds kerb appeal to the Focus, while overall it has a more athletic stance. The sporty ST-Line models look especially good with a body kit that includes a rear diffuser and spoiler. 

The interior has been smartened up too with all trim levels getting the much improved SYNC 4 13.2-inch landscape-oriented touchscreen infotainment system.

Even though it now incorporates the car’s heating and ventilation controls, it’s slick, colourful and easy to use. Every Focus also now comes with digital dials.

Advanced driver assistance technologies include Blind Spot Assist which can help prevent a driver switching lanes if a potential collision is detected.

Ford Focus review

Before I proceed, let’s just be clear that the 48-volt mild hybrid system used in the Focus is pretty basic. Unlike plug-in and full hybrids, it cannot drive the car alone. 

Instead, it boosts engine acceleration and aids fuel economy (though that’s marginal), and it drives just like an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) car, so no plugging in to charge the small battery.

However, when rivals such as the all-new Vauxhall Astra and Peugeot 308 are available as plug-in hybrids (with all-electric versions to follow in 2023), the Focus is barely keeping up and will lose out in the all-important business sector where lower CO2 levels means big tax benefits.

Ford Focus review

That said, there are plenty of drivers who are not ready (or can’t) make the switch to plug-in and electric vehicles, or simply prefer conventional cars for now, so there is still a place for the Focus.

And here’s the thing – I’ve driven dozens of full hybrid, plug-in hybrid, 100% electric vehicles (EVs) and SUVs with indifferent dynamics, so the Focus’s blend of driver engagement and practicality is a real treat.

Not only does it look the part, but there’s plenty of space inside for five adults, plus the boot is a competitively sized 375 litres (rising to 1,354 litres with the rear seats folded). There’s also a lovely low driving position should you want it – an impossibility in most EVs and SUVs.

Ford Focus review

Then there’s the famed handling characteristics of the Ford Focus. It’s fun to drive, feeling agile and planted with sharp steering and loads of grip.

Push it in faster corners and where some rivals will become unsettled, the Focus takes it in its stride.

That’s not all, the lively little engine punches way above its weight, providing ample power, the slick six-speed manual gearbox is an absolute joy to use and the brakes are reassuringly reactive.

Ford Focus review

The ride is on the firm side, but not uncomfortably so, while the build quality is hard to fault and cabin refinement is excellent.

Three selectable drive modes – normal, sport and eco – add to the overall driving experience.

Verdict: The Ford Focus is a fantastically well sorted car. Fun to drive, stylish, practical, comfortable, economical, and now featuring a  bang up to date infotainment system, it’s still one of the best family hatchbacks on the market.

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‘Sleeper’ Audi RS4 B7 Reveals the Supercharged Beast Within!

Supercharged RS4

What could be better than a pristine Audi RS4 B7? How about a supercharged pristine Audi RS4 B7 making 500 horsepower?

The 4.2-liter V8 ranks as one of the greatest Audi engines and one of the best small-displacement V8s of this century. Stock, it churns out 414- horsepower and 317 lb-feet of torque. For whatever reason, the owner of this RS4 decided that wasn’t enough and installed a supercharger. The result is a 500-horsepower, all-wheel drive brute that weighs just shy of 3,800 pounds.

Performance stats for the stock RS4 B7 are 0 to 60 mph in about 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 185 mph. Those numbers put the RS4 in the middle of any number of sports cars from that era and are still fast today. With the supercharger, 0 to 60 in the low four-second range and a top speed of around 200 mph don’t seem like that big of a stretch.

Supercharged RS4 B7

Looks Like an A4, Goes Like Hell

The original RS4 was a master of understatement. There are a number of changes to the A4 bodywork like flared fenders to house 19-inch wheels, a small rear spoiler, and a more aggressive front facia. The result enhances the look of the already timeless B7. It looks tailored next to the A4’s off-the-rack appearance. Visually, the biggest difference is under the hood. I’m not sure how Audi stuffed a 4.2-liter V8 under the hood of an RS4. There isn’t room for a tennis ball, let alone a supercharger.

Incredibly this modified RS4 looks stock. The owner paid serious money for the supercharger work. It’s a first-class job, and the results are incredible. Audi’s 4.2-liter V8 sounds slightly lumpy off idle, doing a convincing impersonation of a small-block V8 with a German accent. At full throttle, it bellows fury. There’s little drama thanks to the all-wheel-drive. The RS4 digs in and launches like a sprinter out of the blocks.

To see how well it works, watch the video.

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Mark Webb is fascinated by anything automotive and particularly loves cars that are unusual or have a good story. He’s owned a variety of cars from 60’s muscle, Japanese imports, and oddities like a VW Thing and Porsche 924. After 20 years in the automotive and tech industries, he’s a walking encyclopedia of car info and is always on the lookout for his next project or a good road trip.