In celebration of the long-reigning Ford Fiesta

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A Fiesta ST of this period with 100ok miles might be discovered for £1795
Practically 100,000 used Fiestas modified palms final yr, which is not shocking when you think about the big selection of variants on provide

You’ll be able to depend on the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT) to pump out some statistics frequently. I’m simply unsure whether or not they’re on the facet of Bangernomics and admire the significance of the used automotive market. They appear genuinely shocked when it’s doing properly. 

Nevertheless, the used automotive market does appear to be down, by simply zero.6%, yr on yr with greater than two million transactions. There’s inevitably a 30.7% progress in demand for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure-electric automobiles, as a mere 32,272 change palms. As ever, superminis are by far the most well-liked used purchase, at 676,395, accounting for a 3rd of gross sales and 6000 up on final yr’s interval. I gained’t bore you with the most well-liked color, however I’ll with the top-of-the-pops mannequin: the perennial Ford Fiesta. 

A complete of 92,798 Fiestas discovered houses and it’s straightforward to see why: they’re nice little buses. Clearly, I can not resist travelling again in time to discover a 2001 1.three Flight with a full service historical past and simply 35,000 miles. You would possibly suppose it could be £20,000 or one thing based mostly on latest traits however, no, it’s a really affordable £365. Not the prettiest Fiesta, however not a fish face. These are a number of hundred quid and changing into ironic classics. Thoughts you, a 1997 Fiesta 1.25 LX with a ‘pensioner proprietor’ (their phrases) and one other a kind of full service histories is simply £495.

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One other level to keep in mind is the Fiesta stays a efficiency icon and an old style class D 2.zero ST from 2008 would, within the vendor’s phrases, make an “excellent monitor undertaking” and prices simply £799. 

In any other case, it’s a 2016 ST-Line Fiesta with 41,000 miles at £9500, which definitely appears the half. Or you possibly can up your sport to a 2018 1.5-litre Ecoboost ST-2 with 5000 miles for £19,400. Then once more, a 2006 2.zero ST with 100,000 miles is simply £1795. 

Which brings us to the Fiesta van. Is there a prettier LCV, or mild business car? Actually, it’s a TCV; sure, a tiny one. I got here throughout a 2004 1.four TDCi instance with virtually 140,000 miles for simply £1000 from a supplier. It has a full MOT, too. And room on your procuring. Alternatively, simply over £5000 will get you a 2014 1.25 Zetec with 65,000 miles. That’s yet one more full-service-history three-door. 

So there you may have it. A used Fiesta ticks an terrible lot of used automotive shopping for containers. I might like to know if anybody on the SMMT really has a beforehand owned Fiesta as their every day driver. Most likely not.

What we virtually purchased this week

Rover Streetwise 1.four S

At this time, we’d name it a compact SUV or a crossover, however again in 2003 when the Streetwise was launched, it was known as an city on-roader. It was based mostly on the Rover 25 hatchback and, to justify its title, was jacked up and given a tough-looking bodykit. This 2005-reg instance is a one-owner automotive in immaculate situation. It has simply 32,000 miles on the clock and is £995.

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Tales from Ruppert’s storage

Mini Cooper, mileage – 103,208: The Cooper doesn’t have any entrance suspension. You already know that already in the event you’ve pushed an outdated one, however mine has really damaged. The strut on each side has busted, in order that’s all the way down to garbage elements as a result of these are only a few years outdated. 

Successfully, I’ve trendy sports activities suspension. It’s nonetheless drivable and nippy with added ‘slammed’ suspension. I can barely get a finger between tyre and wheel arch. It’s a good look, however simply once I thought all of the traumas have been over for 2019, the little automotive must be sorted out once more. 

Reader’s journey

Toyota RAV4: Jim McKinney likes his bangers. “Our essential automotive is an 04-reg RAV4 3dr petrol automated,” he says. “We purchased it in January this yr. It’s our sixth RAV4 since 2002. Aside from being extraordinarily dependable and fairly low-cost to keep up, they drive very properly. They’re actually sturdy and really rust resistant, too. 

“Ours could also be 15 years outdated, however with solely 33,000 miles, one earlier proprietor and a full Toyota service historical past, it drives and appears like a brand new automotive. It averages 32mpg-plus, which is fairly good contemplating.”

Readers’ questions

Query: Are you able to level me in the direction of automobiles with cooled seats, as a result of final yr, my automotive’s air-con system was completely overwhelmed. I’ve round £15,000 to spend. David Hopgood, Chester

Reply: You should not have any hassle discovering a brand new or used automotive with ventilated seats today. They embody the Premium-spec Hyundai i40, Ford Mondeo and Edge in Titanium and Vignale trims, Kia Optima three and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport Elite Nav. Excessive-spec Mondeos have had them for some years and £15,000 will purchase a 2017 2.zero TDCi Titanium 5dr with 15,000 miles. John Evans

Query: Naturally, as a loyal buyer, my motor insurance coverage renewal has gone up. Have you ever any suggestions for decreasing my premium, apart from going elsewhere? Sue Baker, Wimbledon

Reply: First, in case your insurer is listed on a comparability web site, get a contemporary quote in your present phrases. Likely, it’ll be decrease than you’re paying at current because the system thinks you’re new enterprise. Subsequent, armed with the web site’s quote, contact your insurer direct and inform them their renewal is simply too excessive and that you simply’re contemplating leaving. Then hit them with their a lot decrease on-line quote and see if that stirs them into motion. It has definitely labored for me. John Evans

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