I want a good first automobile. I am a female student. Can you help? My budget is between €1,000 - €2,000
Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Helen Ryan (Limerick) - Sun, 16 May 2010 13:16
Thank you for your enquiry. In this instance, we are going to look on the website , because that is the official classified website of SIMI, the Society of the Irish Motor Industry. Because we are looking at something on a budget we want to get something with as much history on it and as much security as possible for you. On that site, all automobiles come with a history check and they are also covered by the consumer protection act.
A couple of things are important here. One is that your automobile is cheap and the second is that it will be reliable and I suppose, attractive would be good too?
You could never accuse it of being sexy, but this Nissan Micra on sale at a dealership in Drogheda has done 80,000 miles and has had only two owners. It will cost you just €1,550 and will be cheap to run, insure and service:
This Toyota Yaris from 1999 has done 130,000 miles and while that might sound like a lot, this little automobile is well able for it and this could be a decent little buy that won't cause you too much heartache:
How about this? A 1995 Opel Corsa, which has only done 18,466 miles and has an NCT until early next year. That will cost you just €1,250:
However, what I really think would be a great first automobile for you would be the Ford Ka, which is a great little runabout and still looks funky. This 1999 model has only covered 52,000 miles and has an NCT until 01/11. It is advertised at €1,850 but I reckon you could get it as a straight deal for a little less:
Let us know if any of these don't float your boat and we will put on our thinking caps again!Answered by: changagoidem Adviser