Best used cars with three years' warranty

Want the sense of security that comes with a new car, but without the cost? These used cars will still have their warranty attached

Matt Rigby
Sep 2, 2019

In the market for a used car and wanting to maximise your peace of mind when it comes to reliability? The best thing to do is to look for a used car that's still covered by some sort of warranty. Choose wisely and you can get a used car that still has three years' warranty left.

While you can purchase aftermarket warranties for used cars – and many secondhand car dealers offer short, three-month warranties – getting a car with a decent amount of factory warranty left on it is a much better way of doing it.

There are certain car manufacturers that offer generous warranty terms with new cars, so it's possible you could get your hands on a used model that still has at least three years of manufacturer-backed warranty left, even if it's already a couple of years old.

If this kind of protection is important to you, you do have a relatively restricted list of manufacturers to choose from, but that's not to say you won't be looking at desirable cars. Used models from Hyundai, Jeep, MG, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Toyota will all be available with plenty of warranty cover.

Read on for our pick of the seven best used cars you can buy with three years' warranty left.


Best used cars with three years' warranty

1. Toyota Aygo

Best used city car with three years' warranty left

Latest Toyota Aygo deals from £4,790
Monthly finance from £79

Whether you want it as an approachable first car with a low insurance rating, or a chic little shopping trolley to pinwheel about town in, the sharp-looking little Aygo is a great little car for negotiating busy city traffic. And as well as being blessed with Toyota’s towering reputation for dependability, the little Aygo gets the benefit of a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty from new.

2. Jeep Renegade

Best used supermini with three years' warranty left

Latest Jeep Renegade deals from £8,990
Monthly finance from £148

Sure, this chunky Jeep looks like a big, unwieldy SUV, but put it in context with other cars and you’ll see how small it is. In fact, it’s based on the utilitarian and lovable Fiat Panda 4x4, and the mix of square-jawed American style with Italian supermini underpinnings is a genuinely appealing combination. One minor fly in the ointment is the mileage limit on the warranty: it’ll expire after just 75,000 miles.

3. Subaru XV

Best used small crossover with three years' warranty left

Latest Subaru XV deals from £11,489
Monthly finance from £179

The Subaru XV has more car-like looks than many other crossover SUVs, but in fact its four-wheel-drive hardware is tougher than that of many more serious-looking off-roaders. That’s because Subaru has always been committed to four-wheel drive designs, and it’s a brand beloved by farmers and those living in the more rugged parts of the world. In fact, the XV makes a fine small family car, too, so it should be on your shortlist whether you’re a Welsh sheep farmer or an office worker.

4. Jeep Compass

Best used medium crossover with three years' warranty left

Latest Jeep Compass deals from £16,000
Monthly finance from £206

The compact Jeep Compass offers car-like convenience rolled into a muscular SUV body. It’s got those typical Jeep looks, too, with the distinctive seven-bar grille at the front giving it an instantly recognisable family face. But as well as off-roader heritage rivalled only by a car wearing a Land Rover badge, this Jeep offers a pretty impressive five-year warranty from new. It’s a bit of a shame that it’s only limited to 75,000 miles, but as long as you find a low-mileage used example there should be plenty of warranty left over.

5. Toyota GT86

Best used sporty car with three years' warranty left

Latest Toyota GT86 deals from £14,490
Monthly finance from £203

Sports cars are not supposed to be about being sensible but, hey, if you’ve got yourself a sporty car that’s dependable, then you can simply spend more time enjoying it, right? That certainly would seem to be the logic, should you plump for Toyota’s excellent GT86. This is a slinky coupe with a characterful-sounding engine and a driving experience that’s sure to make you smile. You can even squeeze a couple of passengers into the rear seats (though only if they’re not enormously tall). And enjoy the extra security of 100,000 miles of warranty.

6. Hyundai i30 Tourer

Best used estate with three years' warranty left

Latest Hyundai i30 Tourer deals from £6,769
Monthly finance from £117

The i30 Tourer is able to swallow more than 600 litres of luggage. And that’s before you start folding rear seats down. But the i30 is more than just a one-trick pony: it’s refined, economical and the level of fit and finish is genuinely impressive. Better still, Hyundai clearly has confidence in its products as, although limiting its warranty to five years, it puts no limit at all on the mileage

7. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Best used large SUV with three years' warranty left

Latest Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV deals from £13,599
Monthly finance from £212

The Mitsubishi Outlander was one of the first mainstream plug-in hybrid SUVs. Hook it up to a charging point and you can enjoy all the benefits of a large SUV (plenty of interior space, a commanding view of the road, chunky styling) but without the gas guzzling downsides. In fact, on a full charge you can go up to 28 miles without needing to engage the petrol engine at all. The only downside to all this is that Mitsubishi’s five-year warranty is limited to just 62,500 miles.


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