Best used car deals

The best used car deals: save thousands on city cars, SUVs and sportscars, with finance offers

BuyaCar team
Jul 21, 2017

Featured deal: Renault Kadjar

New car buyers might be deserting diesel models over health concerns and future surcharges. But used diesel cars are still selling at a rapid rate - helped by bargain-level pricing, which makes many of them cheaper than an equivalent petrol vehicle.

Buy a recent car that complies with the latest emissions regulations, known as Euro 6 (this includes all cars registered since September 2015), and it won't be affected by existing plans for inner-city diesel charges either.

The Renault Kadjar is an ideal example of today's bargain diesel car. It shares its mechanical parts with the Nissan Qashqai and both cars are crossovers - combining the fuel economy, comfort and nimbleness of a hatchback, with the higher driving position of an off-roader.

Diesel prices have dropped significantly - so much so that you can save over £8,000 on nearly new Kadjars with just a handful of miles on the clock.

Opt for a 2016 car and prices drop below £13,500. A new Kadjar Dynamique Nav, with a powerful 1.6-litre diesel engine, is priced at £24,715, but the example above, with less than 12,000 miles on the clock, has lost more than £10,000 in a year. It comes with a touchscreen with sat-nav and digital radio, climate control, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights. 

The cost of finance is £212 per month, based on a representative quote for Personal Contract Purchase (PCP). This type of finance allows you to hand the car back at the end with nothing more to pay, so you won't be liable for extra costs if the value of diesel cars plummets.


More used car deals

If you’re looking for the best possible deal on your next car, then it’s hard to beat a used model. Whether it's a nearly new vehicle with barely ten miles on the clock or one that's pounded the motorways for several years, they will have already lost a large chunk of their value, making them considerably cheaper than ordering a brand new car.

Buying a car that’s less than three years old will usually mean that it’s still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. In many cases, the same model will still be available as a new car, which means that you’ll get exactly the same technology and equipment. You'll also be able to finance your used car, leaving you with more affordable monthly payments.

There’s a used car to search every need and budget. We’ve selected some of the best deals available below. Click on the links to jump to the relevant sections or scroll down to see them all.

Best used cars for under £5,000
Best used cars for under £10,000
Best used cars for under £15,000
Best used cars for under £20,000
Best used cars for under £25,000
Best used cars for over £25,000


Another reminder that diesel cars which don't meet the latest emissions regulations will be charged to drive in the forthcoming Ultra Low Emission Zone in London, and are also likely to be affected by other diesel charges that are set to be introduced over the next three years. You're safe if you buy a diesel car that meets Euro 6 standards (including every car registered after September 2015.

We've taken all of our prices from Buyacar. They include a £300 deposit contribution if you're buying with finance, so cash buyers should add £300 to the price.


Used car deals under £5,000

Volkswagen Up! used car deals

Typical example VW Move Up! 3dr  Age 2013 (13), 29,000 miles
Price £4,897  Representative monthly payment £84

Cheap, reliable and surprisingly spacious, the VW up! is the city car by which all others are judged. There are plenty of five-year-old, low-mileage examples for less than £5,000 to choose from with example finance payments of around £80 a month.

Cheapest are three-door cars, which squeeze in at under £5,000 in the popular mid-range Move Up! specification. For a five-door car (pictured) at that price, you'll probably have to lower your expectations and find an entry-level Take Up! car, which lacks the remote central locking, electric froint windows, air conditioning and split/fold rear seats of the Move Up!. If you just need a small, practical and economical car to scoot around town in, they’re perfect for the money.
Read the Volkswagen Up! buying guide



Peugeot 208 used car deals

Typical example Peugeot 208 1.2 VTi Active 3dr  Age 2012 (62), 39,000 miles
Price £4,995  Representative monthly payment £91

Peugeot’s supermini is good-looking, well equipped and available with economical and quiet engines. It’s not the most sprightly to drive, though (that honour goes to the Ford Fiesta) and the dials, arranged above the small steering wheel, take some getting used to.

Still, under £5000 for an average-mileage 1.2 in Active trim (alloy wheels, touchscreen system) is a good buy.
Read the Peugeot 208 buying guide

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Seat Ibiza used car deals

Typical example Seat Ibiza 1.2 S A/C 3dr Sport coupe  Age 2012 (62), 24,000 miles
Price £4,890  Representative monthly payment £77

This version of Seat’s long-established supermini has just been replaced by an all-new model. It’s still a good option, offers great value for money and is available in a wide range of trim levels (including the sporty FR and Cupra models). There’s also a Seat Ibiza estate with more boot space.

Owners rate the car as dependable, and it had a reliability rating of more than 90% in the latest Auto Express Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. If you’re looking for a cheap runabout with low mileage, it’s hard to beat.
Read the Seat Ibiza (2018-2017) buying guide

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Used car deals under £10,000

Audi A1 used car deals

Typical example Audi A1 1.6 TDI Sport 3dr  Age 2013 (63), 47,000 miles
Price £8,990  Representative monthly payment £114

It’s a supermini with roughly as much space as a VW Polo, but the Audi A1 comes with a posher badge and an interior with a quality feel. You pay a premium, whether you’re buying new or used, but it's an affordable one for some secondhand cars, with dealer-approved models starting from around £8,500. Others cost just £120 a month on finance.
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Nissan Note used car deals

Typical example Nissan Note 1.2 Acenta Premium  Age 2013 (63), 35,000 miles
Price £6,295  Representative monthly payment £105

The Nissan Note is roughly the same size as a Ford Fiesta but far more spacious. The cheapest models start at £5,000 but it's worth looking for the final generation of the car. These have a grille that extends into the headlights (see picture). A 2013 Acenta Premium car comes with touchscreen sat-nav, climate control, alloy wheels and Bluetooth for under £6,500 - or just £106 a month.
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Suzuki Swift Sport used car deals

Typical example Suzuki Swift Sport 1.6 5dr  Age 2015 (15), 10,000 miles
Price £8,995  Representative monthly payment £197

As a new car, the Suzuki Swift offers some of the most fun that you can have for £15,000. Buy it used and you get just as much fun for less than half the price.

It’s light with a zippy engine, which helps it to accelerate fast and means that it can change direction quickly too, so it feels sporty in corners.
See the Suzuki Swift buying guide

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Used car deals under £15,000

BMW X1 used car deals

Typical example BMW X1 18d xLine xDrive  Age 2013 (63), 33,000 miles

Price £13,647 Representative monthly payment £186

You can buy a used version of BMW's small crossover for the cost of a new supermini but it’s not the price that you should be looking at: finance payments can be around £180 a month on a PCP agreement. The cost is so low because the BMW holds its value well, and is expected to still be worth a large chunk of its price at the end of the agreement.

Cut-price doesn’t have to mean compromise in this situation: there are plenty of well-equipped examples that have four-wheel drive, leather seats, dual-zone air conditioning and parking sensors, Diesel cars in this price bracket won't be new enough to avoid future inner-city diesel charges, though.
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Skoda Octavia used car deals

Typical example Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI S Age 2016 (16), 12,552 miles
Price £11,489 Representative monthly payment £176

If your family hatchback feels cramped, then there's no need to buy a longestate car or a tall and chunky crossover: you just need a Skoda Octavia.

The car is enormous, when you compare it to a Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra, with a huge boot and plenty of legroom for passengers in the back. The economical engines and competitive pricing all combine to make it BuyaCar's best family hatchback.

It's an even bigger bargain as a used car too. Petrol-powered Octavias, registered last year, are selling for less than £11,500, or less than £180 a month on representative finance. That's a saving of more than £6,500 on the current new price.

Underneath the bonnet of the these cars is a 1-litre engine that's efficient in real-world driving, but also has enough power for smooth and steady acceleration up to motorway speeds. The cheapest entry-level S models are a little basic, but still include a dashboard screen with digital radio and Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly; air conditioning; alloy wheels; and electrically-adjustable side mirrors.

Increase your budget to £12,500, or £185-£190 a month, and your potential picks will include diesel models and more generously-equipped SE cars.
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Lexus CT200h used car deals

Typical example 200h 1.8 Advance  Age 2013 (63), 34,000 miles

Price £11,745  Representative monthly payment £187

The Lexus CT200h is a family hatchback with a hybrid system combining an electric motor with a petrol engine. It can run silently on electric power at low speeds, and it's particularly efficient in town.

It’s meant to offer more luxury than a similarly-sized Volkswagen Golf or Vauxhall Astra, so prices are under £11,500 for cars that are equipped with leather seats, heated in the front, wireless Bluetooth connection for your phone, alloy wheels and a keyless system.

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Ford Kuga used deals

Ford Kuga Titanium X Sport

The Ford Kuga was updated in autumn 2016. Before then, it looked like this, but the interior was similar to the current model.

Typical example Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi Zetec  Age 2014 (63), 37,000 miles
Price £11,695  Monthly payment £185

Ford’s family-sized crossover is an ideal example of the benefits of vehicles like this: it feels like a car to drive, but the higher driving position and extra space over the Ford Focus hatchback makes it easier to live with.

Despite a recent update, the latest Kuga has fallen behind larger, more comfortable and better-equipped models, such as the Seat Ateca, Peugeot 3008 and new Volkswagen Tiguan.

But as a used car, costing less than £12,000, it’s one of the best crossovers that you can buy. Zetec cars have a decent level of equipment and are readily available. The car’s 2-litre diesel engine is powerful and fairly economical, but 2014 cars will be affected by diesel charges.
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Used car deals under £20,000

Mini Convertible

Typical example Mini Cooper D (Pepper Pack)  Age 2016 (66)
Price £16,500 Representative monthly payment £237

Just in time for the summer, comes a great choice of Mini Convertibles for much less than £20,000, with a choice of petrol or diesel models in a range of colours.

Particularly good value are cars that come well equipped with the popular Pepper Pack, which adds front foglights, climate control and a leather steering wheel, along with 17in black alloy wheels, a wind deflector, so the interior doesn't get too breezy, plus heated seats for when the sun's not quite so bright.

A diesel models would cost more than £24,000 as a brand new car, but you could have a 2016 car, with just 8,000 miles on the clock, with around a third off.
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BMW 1 Series used car deals

Typical example BMW 118i M Sport  Age 2015 (65), 13,000 miles

Price £17,475  Representative monthly payment £280

Prices of used BMW 1 Series start at £9,000, but even the most expensive models can represent bargain buys.

You can save more than £5,000 on the list price by opting for one of several used BMW 118i Sport models currently available, which are less than a year old. Each comes equipped with 17in alloy wheels and sat-nav.
See the BMW 1 Series buying guide.

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Jaguar XE used deals

Typical example Jaguar XE 2.0D R-Sport  Age 2015 (15), 21,500 miles
Price £19,444  Representative monthly payment £245

A price of less than £20,000 is great value for a high-specification version of Jaguar’s smallest saloon. It’s more than a match for the BMW 3 Series, thanks to its excellent blend of comfort, power and agility in corners.

The rear seats can be a little cramped if you’re taller than average, but there is plenty of room for children.
R-Sport cars look the part, thanks to beefier front and rear bumpers, as well as larger alloy wheels.

All diesel XE cars should also meet the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations, so are unlikely to be hit by pollution charges. Even so, if you are looking at a 2015 car, it's worth double-checking to ensure that it’s compliant.

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Nissan Qashqai used deals

Typical example Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DIG-T Tekna  Age 2014 (14), 30,000 miles
Price £14,000  Representative monthly payment £205

A new Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DIG-T in top-of-the-range Tekna trim is £25,000 before discount, so you’ll save around £10,000 by opting for a two-year-old car with mointhly payments of around £200. Naturally, lower specification cars are even cheaper.

The Qashqai remains one of Britain’s best-selling cars, thanks to its comfort, practicality and build quality. It might look tall and chunky, but from behind the wheel, its light steering and good visibility make it feel like a supermini.

An updated version of the crossover has just gone on sale, but there are no dramatic changes, so you shouldn’t feel short-changed by not having the very latest car.

There are roomier rivals (particularly when it comes to boot space), such as the Seat Ateca and Peugeot 3008, and we’d avoid the noisy automatic cars, but otherwise, it’s a solid buy.
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Used car deals under £25,000

Mercedes C-Class used deals

Typical example Mercedes C220d BlueTec AMG Line Auto  Age 2015 (15), 17,750 miles
Price £22,400  Representative monthly payment £297

A two-year-old example of Mercedes’ suave saloon car with under 20,000 miles can be yours for less than £300 per month. You can also opt for an estate version too.

The diesel engine in the popular C220d model isn't the quietest under acceleration but soon purrs along as you pick up the pace.

Automatic cars are much more desirable, thanks to their smooth gearchanges, while AMG Line trim makes the car look sportier with larger alloy wheels. It also includes sat-nav and heated seats.
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Audi Q3 used car deals

Typical example 2.0 TFSI quattro SE S tronic  Age 2015 (65), 13,000 miles
Price £24,000  Representative monthly payment £364

You can pick up a 2015 Audi Q3 for less than £19,000 but if your budget will stretch to it, then there are four-wheel drive, automatic cars available for £1,000 to £2,000 more.

And if you want the car with a powerful 2-litre TFSI engine, current prices are around £24,000. That’s for a car that costs more than £30,000 new. Although that's a tangible saving, prices haven't crashed because the Q3 has no shortage of customers, making finance more affordable.

Most 2015 cars are updated versions of the Q3, which have a more imposing front grille, with a black or chrome border that runs into the front lights. They may not feel as nimble to drive as a BMW X1 but it is spacious and comfortable.
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Volkswagen Golf GTI used car deals

Typical example VW Golf GTI Performance DSG  Age 2016 (66), 6,000 miles
Price £23,490  Representative monthly payment £322

Even if you know very little about cars, you’ll probably know that the Volkswagen Golf GTI is fast, fun and desirable. That recognition helps to boost demand on the used market, which means that there are few cut-price options.

However, a price of less than £24,000 for a Golf GTI with an automatic gearbox, plus a performance upgrade that boosts power and improves cornering, is a great deal. And because the car holds its value well, the representative monthly cost is under £325.

The alternative is a brand new car. Although they have been given a minor upgrade with a little more power, these latest Golf GTIs are little different to drive than the previous version. With the performance upgrade and an automatic gearbox they are priced at £31,000.
Read the Volkswagen Golf GTI buying guide

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Used car deals over £25,000

Range Rover Evoque used car deals

Typical example Range Rover Evoque 2.2 SD4 Dynamic 5dr auto  Age 2013 (13), 24,000 miles
Price £26,900  Representative monthly payment £296

Range Rover Evoque prices start at around £19,000 for 2013 cars fitted with the least powerful engine. But for more than £25,000, a high-specification car with a 2.2-litre diesel engine is within reach. It needn’t be too expensive either: The Evoque is much in demand and prices are expected to remain high, so monthly payments on a representative finance agreement are under £300.

The latest Evoques are equipped with a quieter and smoother diesel engine, which became available in 2015 and representative monthly payments start from around £350 - or around £30,000.
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Alfa Romeo Giulia used car deals

Typical example Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 JDTM-2 180PS Super auto  Age 2017 (17), 4,000 miles
Price £27,995  Representative monthly payment £404

Alfa Romeo’s sporty family saloon car was launched last year and is now available nearly new.
Avoid the temptation of the high-performance Quadrifoglio model (and its £58,000 used price tag), and you’ll find diesel-powered versions of the stylish and fun-to-drive Giula starting from around £25,000.

It’s powerful but pleasingly economical, and if you drive carefully (easier said than done), fuel economy can reach around 50mpg.
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Porsche Boxster used car deals

Typical example Porsche Boxster 3.4 S  Age 2012 (62), 9,000 miles
Price £38,990  Representative monthly payment £692

Buy used and you may just get the best Boxster that Porsche will ever make. That’s because the latest version of the two-seat convertible has been fitted with a small four-cylinder turbocharged engine, which is more powerful and economical than the six-cylinder motor in cars that were built before 2016.

But many think that the turbocharger has ruined the car, making it quieter and with acceleration that’s too smooth to make the driver feel fully involved, unlike the characterful six-cylinder engine.

For less than £40,000, you could have a low mileage, pre-2016, Porsche Boxster S, which has more power than the basic car and a glorious exhaust soundtrack whenever you press the accelerator.

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