Best used cars with three years' warranty left

You don't need to buy a brand new car to protect yourself from issues, you can benefit from the warranty even if you buy a used car

Simon Ostler Matt Rigby
Apr 21, 2021

Car shopping needn't be a daunting task. It might seem so at first, but laying out what you want from your next car can help to turn the process into a satisfyingly streamlined experience. One area you might be interested in is the length of the warranty, everyone likes to know their purchase is protected, and if that's the case we've got some useful tips for you.

When a brand new car is sold, the manufacturer offers a warranty coverage that protects the driver from various mechanical issues and damage. But that warranty isn't attached to the owner, it's attached to the car. So if that brand new car is then sold on within the warranty protection period, whoever is buying the car will inherit that warranty cover.

This is one of the many perks to buying a used car. Even though it's labelled as 'used', as long as it has been looked after properly there is no more risk in opting for a used car than there is a brand new one.

Making the most of a manufacturer warranty with a used car is quite easy to do, especially when some manufacturers (such as Kia and Ssangyong) are now offering five-year or even seven year-warranties with their new cars. With a bit of digging, you could find yourself driving around in a two or three year-old car that still has three years of warranty left. If this kind of protection is important to you, you do have a relatively restricted list of manufacturers to choose from, but you'll have the choice of some very 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 remaining.

Used cars with three years' manufacturer warranty

1. Toyota Aygo

Best used city car with three years' warranty left

Used deals from £5,197
Monthly finance from £112*

Whether you're looking for an affordable first car with a low insurance rating, or a chic little shopping trolley to pinwheel about town, the sharp-looking Toyota Aygo has a variety of feathers in its cap. It's small, too, so it's great for negotiating busy city traffic.

It's incredibly cheap as a used car, and yet it's equipped with a decent amount of interior comforts including air-conditioning and Bluetooth in most cases and there are even Isofix points for child seats in the back.

And as well as being blessed with Toyota’s towering reputation for reliability, the little Aygo gets the benefit of a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty from new, so there's flexibility to make this an incredibly cheap purchase on a two-year-old model and still benefit from that protection.


2. Jeep Renegade

Best used supermini with three years' warranty left

Used deals from £8,965
Monthly finance from £204*

Sure, this chunky Jeep looks like a big and unwieldy SUV, but park it next to something like a Land Rover Discovery for example, and you’ll see how small it is. It’s based on the utilitarian and lovable Fiat Panda 4x4, which makes it the size of a small hatchback, and the mix of square-jawed American style with Italian supermini underpinnings is a genuinely appealing combination if you like that kind of style.

Even for a two-year-old model, the Jeep Renegade is much more affordable than many other 4x4s, and with the added bonus of having three years of warranty left it's hard to see why you wouldn't be interested if a rugged off-roader was the order of the day.

One minor fly in the ointment is the mileage limit on the warranty. It’ll expire after just 75,000 miles, but if you can find a low-mileage model, three-years ought to do you just fine.


3. Subaru XV

Best used small crossover with three years' warranty left

Used deals from £13,499
Monthly finance from £262*

On the face of it, the Subaru XV looks like a road-going crossover with hatchback styling, but its four-wheel-drive hardware is tougher than that of many more serious-looking off-roaders you can buy. It's hardly surprising considering Subaru is an experienced master of making four-wheel drive cars; it’s a brand beloved by farmers and country-folk who need a dependable steed for their agricultural adventures.

Besides that utilitarian reputation, the XV is still a very practical small family car. It should be on your shortlist whether you’re a Welsh sheep farmer or an office worker. It's not as upmarket as anything you'd buy from Audi or BMW, but the fact there's plenty of warranty on offer for two-year-old models will be a major selling point if that's what you're interested in.


4. Jeep Compass

Best used medium crossover with three years' warranty left

Used deals from £13,480
Monthly finance from £196*

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 Jeep has again only limited its warranty 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

Used deals from £18,250
Monthly finance from £301*

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

Used deals from £7,987
Monthly finance from £181*

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

Used deals from £13,750
Monthly finance from £279*

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.


*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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