Best used cars with three years' warranty left

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

Simon Ostler Matt Rigby
Mar 27, 2020

Shopping for a used car needn't be a daunting task. It might seem so at first, but all you need is to know what you're looking for. One thing that you might be interested in is the length of the warranty, 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 buyer 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.

Making the most of a manufacturer warranty is quite easy to do, especially when some manufacturers (such as Kia and Ssangyong) are now offering five 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 £4,295
Monthly finance from £87

Whether you want it as an affordable first car with a low insurance rating, or a chic little shopping trolley to pinwheel about town, the sharp-looking Toyota Aygo is a great little car for negotiating busy city traffic.

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 even if the car is two years old, you'll still be looking at a three year warranty.

TOYOTA AYGO BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Jeep Renegade

Best used supermini with three years' warranty left

Used deals from £7,695
Monthly finance from £143

Sure, this chunky Jeep looks like a big, unwieldy SUV, but put it in context with other 4x4s, like the Land Rover Discovery for example, 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, but if you can find a low-mileage model, three-years ought to do you just fine.

JEEP RENEGADE BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Subaru XV

Best used small crossover with three years' warranty left

Used deals from £9,500
Monthly finance from £180

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.

Besides that utilitarian reputation, the XV makes a very practical small family car. It should be on your shortlist whether you’re a Welsh sheep farmer or an office worker.

SUBARU BUYERS' GUIDES

4. Jeep Compass

Best used medium crossover with three years' warranty left

Used deals from £13,784
Monthly finance from £192

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.

JEEP COMPASS BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Toyota GT86

Best used sporty car with three years' warranty left

Used deals from £11,495
Monthly finance from £194

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.

TOYOTA GT86 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Hyundai i30 Tourer

Best used estate with three years' warranty left

Used deals from £7,950
Monthly finance from £151

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

HYUNDAI I30 BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Best used large SUV with three years' warranty left

Used deals from £12,990
Monthly finance from £219

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.

MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV BUYERS' GUIDE

 

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