Best used car deals

The best used car deals: save thousands on city cars, SUVs and sportscars, with finance offers

BuyaCar team
Jul 24, 2018

If you’re looking for the best possible deal on your next car, then it’s hard to beat a used model. Whether it's a nearly-new vehicle with barely ten miles on the clock or a well-loved family car that's travelled up and down the country, they will have already lost a large chunk of their value - like the Volkswagen Golf featured above.

Many vehicles offer similar benefits to buying brand new: new car warranties typically last for between three and seven years, and so still apply to many used cars; recent models often have the same technology and equipment as those that are factory-fresh; and you can finance your used car, leaving you with more affordable monthly payments.

Diesel buyers may want to focus on cars that meet the latest emissions standard, known as Euro 6. These include every car first registered after September 2015 and some earlier models. Cars that don't comply could be affected by future diesel charges and clean air zones.

We’ve selected some of the best deals available below. All prices are taken from BuyaCar and include a finance deposit contribution (typically £300), which cash buyers should add to the price.

Best used car deals

Used car deals under £5,000 or £100 per month

Fiat 500 used car deal

Typical example Fiat 500 1.2 Pop (2014, 40,000 miles)
Price £4,495  Monthly finance from £78

In 2014, the Fiat 500 was one of the ten best-selling cars in Britain, with more than 44,000 sold in that year alone. You’ll now find some of those 2014 cars available for less than £5,000, retaining all of the retro chic with which they rolled out of the factory.

Representative finance quotes start at less than £80 a month for entry-level Pop cars, and you can upgrade to a plusher Lounge model, which has Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly, for between £10 and £15 per month.
Fiat 500 buying guide


Renault Twingo used car deal

Typical example Renault Twingo 1.2 Dynamique (2014, 40,000 miles)
Price £4,700  Monthly finance from £90

Looking more distinctive than most rival small hatchbacks, the previous-generation Renault Twingo has got plenty of character, and it’s surprisingly practical too.

With rear seats that move forwards to increase boot space or backwards to maximise legroom, plus cruise control and Bluetooth as standard, you’re not being short-changed. However, you will have to live with an interior that’s grey, sombre and a stark contrast to the lively exterior.
Renault Twingo buying guide


Volkswagen up! used car deal

Typical example Volkswagen Move up! 1.0 3dr (2014, 45,000 miles)
Price £4,999 Monthly finance from £82

Cheap, reliable and surprisingly spacious, the VW up! is one of the city cars by which all others are judged. There are plenty of four-year-old, low-mileage examples for less than £5,000 to choose from with representative finance payments of between £80 and £90 per month.

Cheapest are three-door cars, which are most common in this price bracket, in entry-level Take up! specification, which is cheap to insure. Most will be better off with the better-equipped Move up! model, which includes air conditioning, electric front windows and remote central locking, which weren't standard on the cheaper version. Bluetooth came as standard with High up! cars. It's incorporated into a small dashboard module - check to ensure that it's included with the car and hasn't been lost.
Volkswagen up! buying guide


Used car deals under £10,000 or £160 per month 

Mazda 2 used car deal

Typical example Mazda 2 Sport Nav 1.5 90 (2015, 35,000 miles) 
Price £8,979  Monthly finance from £149

Used Mazda 2 models are excellent value - and not just because they are cheap. You can get a generous amount of equipment for well under £10,000, or £150 per month.

You'll need to choose your model carefully, though. Mid-range SE-L models cost less than £8,000 and some have a good specification, with a dashboard touchscreen, digital radio and automatic emergency braking - but only if you choose the 90 horsepower (written as hp or PS) engine. Lesser-powered 75hp models lack this equipment, and also feel extremely underpowered.

Opt for a Sport Nav car and you'll have an engine with at least 90hp, as well as climate control, keyless entry, sat-nav, 16in alloy wheels and rear parking sensors. Prices start at under £9,000, with finance payments from less than £150.
Mazda 2 buying guide


Nissan Qashqai used car deal

Typical example Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DiG-T Acenta (2014, 35,000 miles)
Price £9,877  Monthly finance from £149

The current version of the Nissan Qashqai went on sale in 2014, and the earliest models are now available for just under £10,000, in mid-range Acenta trim. The Qashqai remains one of Britain’s best-selling cars, thanks to its comfort, practicality and build quality. It might look tall and chunky, but from behind the wheel, its light steering and good visibility make it as easy to drive as a Ford Fiesta.

An updated version of the crossover has just gone on sale, but there are no dramatic changes, so you shouldn’t feel short-changed by not having the very latest car. There are roomier rivals (particularly when it comes to boot space), such as the Seat Ateca and Peugeot 3008, and we’d avoid the noisy automatic cars, but otherwise, it’s a solid buy.
Nissan Qashqai buying guide


Mini Cooper used car deal

Typical Example Mini Cooper Hatchback (2014, 40,000 miles)
Price £8,595 Monthly finance from £126

If you rarely use your car’s rear seats and are looking for a motor that will put a smile on your face, then a Mini Cooper should be near the top of your list, especially as the current generation of the car is now available for less than £10,000.

The zippy engine and quick steering give the Mini an energy that eludes many rivals, while the classic design and heavily-styled interior are a world away from the generic looks of many other small cars.
Read the Mini Hatchback buying guide


Hyundai ix35 used car deal

Typical example Hyundai ix35 SE CRDI (2015, 35,000 miles)
Price £10,500  Monthly finance from £164

With a five-year warranty from new, enormous boot and plenty of standard equipment, the Hyundai ix35 is a bargain for less than £10,000. Finance payments on some models just sneak underneath the £160 bar too.

Opt for a diesel (CRDi) or petrol (GDI) 2015 model and you'll benefit from the best part of two-years' warranty that remain, as well as its 591-litre boot, which is 160 litres larger than you'll find in a Nissan Qashqai. The ix35 was discontinued in 2015 and replaced by the Hyundai Tucson, so it doesn't feature the very latest technology, but it isn't outdated.

Entry-level S cars (which you can pick up for under £10,000) have air conditioning, alloy wheels and a USB connection for your phone. It's worth paying a little extra for an SE car, though, as these include Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly; cruise control; rear parking sensors; and heated front and rear seats. SE Nav cars add sat-nav and a reversing camera on top of this. 


Used car deals under £15,000 or £200 per month

Volkswagen Golf used car deal

Typical example Volkswagen Golf SE 1.4 TFSI (2014, 35,000 miles)
Price £10,295  Monthly finance from £169

There are plenty of VW Golfs available for less than £10,000 but it's worth adding a few hundred pounds to your budget for a really nice version of the current-generation car.

Less than £10,500, or £170 per month, will buy a powerful petrol-engined Golf in SE trim, which comes with a touchscreen with digital radio and Bluetooth; air conditioning; adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.
Volkswagen Golf buying guide


Kia Sportage used car deal

Typical example Kia Sportage 1 1.6 GDi petrol (2016, 14,000 miles)
Price £13,299  Monthly finance from £176

Kia’s seven-year warranty and reputation for practical design has always made the brand a sensible choice, but the current Sportage adds extra appeal, with an original design and steering that’s responsive and accurate, for smooth and involved driving. It's a rational choice too, thanks to a large boot and good rear legroom - plus that warranty, which transfers to the new owner when it’s bought as a used car.

The latest generation of the car was launched in 2016 and early models offer fantastic value, with finance repayments starting at £170 per month. Both petrol and diesel models cost from less than £13,500.

Even entry-level ‘1’ models include alloy wheels, air conditioning, all-round electric windows and Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly. Sat-nav and parking sensors come as standard on grade 2 and above.
Kia Sportage buying guide


Mazda CX-5 used car deal

Typical Example Mazda CX-5 2.2D Sport Nav (2015, 60,000 miles)
Price £13,690  Monthly finance from £199

It might have been replaced by an all-new model but Mazda’s previous-generation CX-5 remains an excellent family car: an excellent example of a crossover that combines the strength of a traditional hatchback with the higher driving position and extra practicality of an off-road car.

It’s comfortable over bumps, but remains agile in corners, giving the driver confidence that it’ll go where it’s pointed. There’s plenty of space in the back and boot (compared with other family car rivals), and it’s well-equipped too, with alloy wheels, dashboard screen with Bluetooth and climate control on all cars.

But perhaps the biggest benefit is that all diesel CX-5 models comply with the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations, which means that they won't be affected by future inner-city clean air zones, including London's ultra low emission zone.
Mazda CX-5 (2012-2017) buying guide


Skoda Octavia used car deal

Typical example Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI SE (2017, 15,000 miles)
Price £13,000 Monthly finance from £191

If your family hatchback feels cramped, then there's no need to buy a long estate car or a tall and chunky crossover: you just need a Skoda Octavia. The car is enormous, when you compare it to a Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra, with a huge boot and plenty of legroom for passengers in the back. The economical engines and competitive pricing all combine to make it BuyaCar's best family hatchback.

It's an even bigger bargain as a used car too. Petrol-powered Octavias, registered last year, start at £13,000, or around £190 a month on finance. These include updates, which were made in 2017, including the distinctive four-headlight design and a modern touchscreen, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

SE cars are worth the premium over the entry-level S specification, thanks to their standard cruise control, parking sensors and dual-zone air conditioning.
Skoda Octavia buying guide


Used car deals under £20,000 or £275 per month

Range Rover Evoque used car deal

Typical example Range Rover Evoque 2.2 SD4 Pure Tech (2014, 40,000 miles)
Price £19,790  Monthly finance from £245

Range Rover Evoque prices continue to fall, making popular versions of this in-demand car affordable on a £20,000, or £250-per-month, budget. That now buys you an entry level (but still luxurious) Pure Tech car. 

The latest Evoques are equipped with a quieter and smoother 2-litre TD4 diesel engine, which became available in 2015 and representative monthly payments start from around £300 - or around £24,000.
Range Rover Evoque buying guide


BMW 1 Series used car deal

Typical example BMW 118i M Sport  Age 2015 (65), 13,000 miles

Price £17,475  Monthly finance from £280

Prices of used BMW 1 Series start at £9,000, but even the most expensive models can represent bargain buys.

You can save more than £5,000 on the list price by opting for one of several used BMW 118i Sport models currently available, which are less than a year old. Each comes equipped with 17in alloy wheels and sat-nav.
BMW 1 Series buying guide.


Jaguar XE used car deal

Typical example Jaguar XE 2.0D R-Sport  Age 2015 (15), 21,500 miles
Price £19,444  Monthly finance from £245

A price of less than £20,000 is great value for a high-specification version of Jaguar’s smallest saloon. It’s more than a match for the BMW 3 Series, thanks to its excellent blend of comfort, power and agility in corners.

The rear seats can be a little cramped if you’re taller than average, but there is plenty of room for children.
R-Sport cars look the part, thanks to beefier front and rear bumpers, as well as larger alloy wheels.

All diesel XE cars should also meet the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations, so are unlikely to be hit by pollution charges. Even so, if you are looking at a 2015 car, it's worth double-checking to ensure that it’s compliant.


Used car deals under £25,000

Mercedes C-Class used car deal

Typical example Mercedes C220d BlueTec AMG Line Auto  Age 2015 (15), 17,750 miles
Price £22,400  Monthly finance from £297

A two-year-old example of Mercedes’ suave saloon car with under 20,000 miles can be yours for less than £300 per month. You can also opt for an estate version too.

The diesel engine in the popular C220d model isn't the quietest under acceleration but soon purrs along as you pick up the pace.

Automatic cars are much more desirable, thanks to their smooth gearchanges, while AMG Line trim makes the car look sportier with larger alloy wheels. It also includes sat-nav and heated seats.
Mercedes C-Class buying guide


Audi Q3 used car deal

Typical example 2.0 TFSI quattro SE S tronic  Age 2015 (65), 13,000 miles
Price £24,000  Monthly finance from £364

You can pick up a 2015 Audi Q3 for less than £19,000 but if your budget will stretch to it, then there are four-wheel drive, automatic cars available for £1,000 to £2,000 more.

And if you want the car with a powerful 2-litre TFSI engine, current prices are around £24,000. That’s for a car that costs more than £30,000 new. Although that's a tangible saving, prices haven't crashed because the Q3 has no shortage of customers, making finance more affordable.

Most 2015 cars are updated versions of the Q3, which have a more imposing front grille, with a black or chrome border that runs into the front lights. They may not feel as nimble to drive as a BMW X1 but it is spacious and comfortable.
Audi Q3 buying guide


Mercedes SLC used car deal

Typical Example Mercedes SLC 250d AMG-Line (2017, 2,500 miles)
Price £24,700  Monthly finance from £314

Stylish top-down motoring can be yours this summer, as prices of 2016 and 2017 Mercedes SLC models dip below £25,000. Many of these cars have covered less than 5,000 miles and all have hard folding tops, which makes the model more secure when parked and cosier when it gets cold.

Look for cars with optional Airscarf heating, which are fitted with vents in the head restraints, that’ll blow warm air over your neck when you have the roof down on cooler days.
Mercedes SLC buying guide

Volkswagen Golf GTI used car deal

Typical example VW Golf GTI Performance DSG  Age 2016 (66), 6,000 miles
Price £23,490  Monthly finance from £322

Even if you know very little about cars, you’ll probably know that the Volkswagen Golf GTI is fast, fun and desirable. That recognition helps to boost demand on the used market, which means that there are few cut-price options.

However, a price of less than £24,000 for a Golf GTI with an automatic gearbox, plus a performance upgrade that boosts power and improves cornering, is a great deal. And because the car holds its value well, the representative monthly cost is under £325.

The alternative is a brand new car. Although they have been given a minor upgrade with a little more power, these latest Golf GTIs are little different to drive than the previous version. With the performance upgrade and an automatic gearbox they are priced at £31,000.
Volkswagen Golf GTI buying guide


Used car deals over £25,000

Alfa Romeo Giulia used car deal

Typical example Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 JDTM-2 180PS Super auto (2017, 4,000 miles)
Price £27,995  Monthly finance from £404

Alfa Romeo’s sporty family saloon car is available with decent savings as a nearly-new car. Avoid the temptation of the high-performance Quadrifoglio model (and its £58,000 used price tag), and you’ll find diesel-powered versions of the stylish and fun-to-drive Giulia starting from around £25,000.

It’s powerful but pleasingly economical, and if you drive carefully (easier said than done), fuel economy can reach around 50mpg.
Alfa Romeo Giulia buying guide


Audi A6 allroad used car deal

Typical Example Audi A6 allroad (2015, 40,000 miles)
Price £22,500 Monthly finance from £345 per month

Audi’s most understated luxury car isn’t as well known as its small hatchbacks or large SUVs, but many owners consider it the best car in the range.

It’s based on the standard A6 Avant estate, but has been raised up, fitted with four-wheel drive and clad in extra protection underneath. This gives it as much off-road ability as most owners will ever need while sat in the leather-clad interior. It’s a genuinely premium car for an affordable price.
Audi A6 allroad buying guide

Porsche Boxster used car deal

Typical example Porsche Boxster 3.4 S  Age 2012 (62), 9,000 miles
Price £38,990  Monthly finance from £692

Buy used and you may just get the best Boxster that Porsche will ever make. That’s because the latest version of the two-seat convertible has been fitted with a small four-cylinder turbocharged engine, which is more powerful and economical than the six-cylinder motor in cars that were built before 2016.

But many think that the turbocharger has ruined the car, making it quieter and with acceleration that’s too smooth to make the driver feel fully involved, unlike the characterful six-cylinder engine.

For less than £40,000, you could have a low mileage, pre-2016, Porsche Boxster S, which has more power than the basic car and a glorious exhaust soundtrack whenever you press the accelerator.


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