THE BEST USED CARS ON THE MARKET
|   Monday, May 26, 2014
Buying a second hand car used to be seen, perhaps unfairly, as a risky business. Today, however, the used car landscape is a very different place, with some fantastic deals available to the conscientious buyer. Here are some of the best second hand cars on the market today.

Why Buy Second Hand?
A new car loses around 20% of its original value the moment it is driven out of the dealership. This is the steepest rate of depreciation that a vehicle will suffer in its lifetime.

A second hand car has already taken this hit, meaning that not only is a used vehicle costly to buy in the first place, it will also retain much more of its value. In short, a used car is a more prudent investment than a new car.

Best Value
Perhaps the most important aspect of a used car is value for money. This comes down to a number of factors, such as build quality, condition and insurance. The Ford Focus is outstanding in all three of these categories. Also important is the fact that many Focus models are in a low insurance group, as this article from Parkers states. You can see the Ford Focus range here.
The family car comes with great pedigree, having been designed and built by Ford, one of the oldest and most venerable names in the automobile industry. The car not only has excellent build quality but is also easy to service should anything go wrong. As a family vehicle, the car tends to have very careful owners, so finding a Focus in good condition is easy.

City Cars
For those wanting the cheapest second hand car for their money, they could do a lot worse than the pleasingly priced Skoda Citigo, which is reviewed in full by Top Gear. The small city car is available from £9,000 brand new, which is much less than its closest competitors, the Volkswagen Up and the Seat Mii. This price is even lower when the Citigo is purchased second hand. The car is not only inexpensive to buy, it is also very cheap to run, with the 1.0 litre petrol version able to offer almost 63 miles to the gallon. Other used city cars worth a look include the Hyundai i10 and the Ford Ka.

Executive Cars
Buying a used executive car is a great way to get to a luxury vehicle at a reasonable price. One of the best used cars of this type is the Lexus GS. The original price of the car when first released in 2012 was almost £51,000; however, models today are regularly available for as little as £36,000. This may still be a large amount of money but represents good value, with the car coming with a range of luxury comforts, such as heated and cooled front seats, a rear view camera and full leather upholstery.

Sports Cars
A sports car doesn't always make a great used car, with the vehicles often designed more for fun than longevity. The Mazda MX-5 however, bucks the trend. The simple design of the classic roadster gives it a great reliability record and it has excellent handling thanks to its rear wheel drive configuration.

The car is easy to control with smooth gear changes and the fast folding roof makes it ideal for country lane jaunts during the summer. More good news is that many of the second generation models of the MX-5 are available for less than £1,000 and are relatively cheap to run. The Audi TT and Jaguar XK also make excellent used sports cars.
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