The best low mileage cars

Fancy a car with low mileage for thousands less than the list price? Here are the best value cars that have covered less than 10,000 miles

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Feb 24, 2021

Many drivers look for a low mileage vehicle when changing their car. With fewer miles on the clock, a car should last longer than one that has travelled much further and, as a result, could provide better value for money than an otherwise similar car that’s - in mileage terms - halfway to the moon.

What constitutes low mileage will depend on the age and size of the car. For example, a diesel large car chosen specifically to travel the length and breadth of the country may have covered 60,000 miles in its first three years.

Meanwhile, a typical driver going to the shops occasionally in a small hatchback and rarely going on longer trips, may only cover 5,000 miles per year. Anything up to around 20,000 miles could be considered low. City cars tend to cover fewer miles, but 10,000 miles after a couple of years would still be classed as low mileage.

While in the majority of cases, low mileage is a good thing, there are things you need to consider before parting with your cash. An engine performs best at normal operating temperature, so a succession of short trips with the engine not warming up isn’t good news for its longevity. This means that there's no reason to fear a car with an average mileage - most modern cars are capable of covering many hundreds of thousands of miles if maintained properly.

Also consider the types of journey. Take two identical cars with 20,000 miles on the clock. The one that has spent the majority of time on a motorway is likely to be more desirable than the one that has been in the city, stuck in traffic, changing gear often and going over speed bumps all the time. You can expect the motorway car to be showing less signs of wear and tear, aside from the likelihood of some stone chips on the bonnet and front bumper.

We’ve pulled together a list of eight cars with no more than 10,000 miles on the clock. All cars are powered by petrol engines, because petrol engines are better suited to those covering shorter distances than diesel equivalents, which typically cost more to purchase in the first place and best suit those travelling longer distances, as these are the people who are most likely to benefit from the fuel cost savings outweighing the higher initial cost.

Low mileage cars on BuyaCar

1. Vauxhall Corsa

Low mileage deals from £11,497
Monthly finance from £168*

The new Vauxhall Corsa is one of the best superminis you can get. It shares the platform it's built on and its engines with the Peugeot 208, but the Corsa is more affordable than its French counterpart. There’s even a new Corsa-e, which offers up to 209 miles of electric range.

As new prices are high, the Corsa loses a fair chunk of its value within the first year, meaning that nearly new examples offer excellent value for money. The desirable SRi Premium trim features a seven-inch touchscreen media system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, air-conditioning, 17-inch diamond-cut gloss black alloy wheels, heated seats, heated steering wheel, keyless start and other luxuries that wouldn’t look out of place on a far more expensive car.

A new Corsa SRi Premium costs between £21,000 and £22,500, depending on the engine. The same car with just one mile on the clock, however, could be yours with a £5,000 saving on BuyaCar.

VAUXHALL CORSA BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Volkswagen Polo

Low mileage deals from £8,766
Monthly finance from £156*

When a car is replaced by a newer version, the older model tends to fall out of favour. This means they represent better value for money, with prices dropping as buyers flock to the new model. In the case of the Volkswagen Polo, there’s no need to avoid the version on sale from 2009 until 2017. It's still a great choice.

It was one of the best superminis you could get when new, so it’s a savvy option if you’re looking to bag a great deal now. It’s practical and spacious inside, beautifully built and available with an excellent choice of efficient engines. The Polo’s rock solid image is another factor working in its favour.

You can buy 2015 models with up to 10,000 miles on the clock for less than £10,000, or around £180 per month on PCP finance. Even well specified 2017 Match Edition or SE models shouldn’t cost much more than £10,000. Not bad for what still feels like a pretty new car.

VOLKSWAGEN POLO BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Honda Jazz

Low mileage deals from £8,500
Monthly finance from £129*

The Honda Jazz is a popular car for drivers who spend a lot of time doing short journeys around town. They tend to be well maintained and driven gently, with the engines having a stress-free life at the hands of caring owners. While some cars are sporty and encourage being driven fast, the Jazz is the opposite, encouraging a slower, more relaxed drive.

It helps that the Honda Jazz is one of the most reliable small cars you can get, which provides great peace of mind, even when the car is out of the original manufacturer’s warranty. As a bonus, the Jazz is one of the most spacious cars in its class, with rear legroom to rival a much larger car.

You can buy a low mileage 2017 Honda Jazz for less than £10,000 if you’re paying cash, or around £150 per month on a four-year PCP deal.

HONDA JAZZ BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Ford Fiesta

Low mileage deals from £8,261
Monthly finance from £141*

The Ford Fiesta is the UK’s most popular new car, so there’s plenty of choice on the used car market. At the time of writing, around a third of the Fiestas for sale on the BuyaCar website had less than 10,000 miles on the clock. That includes cars dating back to 2015.

The current Fiesta was introduced in 2017. Although the styling is an evolution of the older version, the new car is safer, more efficient and loaded with the latest technology. Even the entry-level Fiesta features a long list of standard equipment, and you can also choose from the rugged Active model, sporty ST and posh Vignale versions.

Around £8,000 is enough to secure a 2017 Fiesta with up to 10,000 miles on the clock. That’s for the new shape Fiesta in desirable Titanium trim, which includes plenty of standard equipment. Few cars offer such excellent value as the Ford Fiesta.

FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Mazda MX-5

Low mileage deals from £15,000
Monthly finance from £230*

Although some people are fortunate enough to drive a sports car every day, most two-seaters are reserved for weekends and sunny days. The Mazda MX-5 offers the comfort and efficiency to be used daily, but many examples lead a pampered existence and cover fewer miles than more practical cars.

Not that the MX-5 is entirely impractical. The boot is large enough for a few overnight bags and there’s a storage box between the seats. Sure, the cabin is a little snug, but feeling cosy in a sports car is part of its charm.

Examples with up to 10,000 miles on the clock could cost as little as £200 per month on PCP finance. This is based on cars registered in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Reliability is excellent, so you can buy with confidence, even if the original warranty has expired.

MAZDA MX-5 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. BMW Z4

Low mileage deals from £30,112
Monthly finance from £399*

If you fancy something larger and a little newer, it’s worth considering the BMW Z4. This is a more mature take on the two-seater sports car formula, with the Z4 designed more for long-distance comfort rather than quick blasts along your favourite B-road.

Even the entry-level Sport model packs a good level of standard equipment, including 18-inch alloy wheels, an eight-speed automatic transmission, heated seats, luxurious leather upholstery, LED headlights, dual-zone air-conditioning and a slick media system. Many buyers choose to upgrade to the more stylish M Sport model, which costs just £1,750 more than the Sport when new.

Not that you need to buy new. BuyaCar offers a range of nearly new Z4 M Sport models with no more than 5,000 miles on the clock with discounts of up to £5,000. That’s a significant saving over the list price.

BMW Z4 BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Kia Stinger GTS

Low mileage deals from £28,750
Monthly finance from £418*

The Stinger GTS is Kia’s rival to high-performance cars like the Audi S5, BMW 440i and Jaguar XE S. It’s the automotive equivalent of having your cake and eating it, because you get the reliability and build quality of a Kia, but the thrill of rear-wheel drive and a powerful 3.3-litre petrol engine.

It costs around £41,000 when new, which is a lot, even for a car this powerful and loaded with such a long list of equipment. It’ll sprint to 60mph in just 4.7 seconds, which is quick enough to rival many sports cars.

However, 2019 examples are available for less than £30,000, which is a terrific saving for a car with no more than 10,000 miles on the clock. The fact that the Stinger GTS comes with a seven-year warranty is the icing on a tasty cake, as you still get far more manufacturer warranty with a used version than with most brand new cars.

KIA STINGER BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Nissan Leaf

Low mileage deals from £18,399
Monthly finance from £228*

By their nature, many electric cars cover fewer miles than their petrol and diesel equivalents. Although advances in the charging infrastructure and battery technology mean electric cars are more suitable for long journeys than they were a few years ago, a lot of electric cars stick within the city limits.

Which means it’s no surprise to find a large number of low mileage electric cars on BuyaCar. What’s more, because electric cars tend to lose a large chunk of value in the first few years, it’s possible to bag a great deal on a used elecric model - even those with a low mileage.

The Nissan Leaf is the most popular electric car, so there’s plenty of choice on the used car market. A budget of £20,000 is enough to secure a 2019 or 2020 40kWh model with just 5,000 to 10,000 miles on the clock.

NISSAN LEAF BUYERS' GUIDE

*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%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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