When in need of a new vehicle, most of us would prefer to have one fresh out of the factory, with all the benefits that come with it. However, not all of us are that lucky! If you know you’re going to be looking at the used market, it’s not the end of the world! Here are three cars which retain their reliability, and will give you years of trouble-free use.

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Kia Cee’d Hatchback

The Kia Cee’d is quite a rarity among hatchbacks. If you drove a new one, and then one which has been owned for a year, it would be pretty hard to tell them apart! It’s also fairly unique because of its massive depreciation rate. However, seen as you’re buying it used, this shouldn’t be a problem! Look around carefully for one at the right age. If you find one which is at least three years old, then you’ll probably end up paying a mere third of the factory price. The EcoDynamics petrol model is a particular steal. Some of these went for £22,000 when they were first released. Now, you can pick one up for as little as £7,000! If you’re going for the maximum possible value, then look no further!

Mercedes Metris

Many people associate Mercedes with their luxurious saloons. However, the Mercedes Metris is a fantastic people carrier for those who would use it. While this isn’t the cheapest used car on the market, once it’s yours, you’ll get a brilliant life out of it. In terms of size, it stands in a middle-ground between Merc’s larger vehicle, the sprinter, and small vans like the Transit Connect. Despite its beefy appearance, handling the Metris is smooth and easy. That’s right, even when you pick it up from a used lot! This makes a great combination with the huge amount of cargo space. If you want something which can function as both a people carrier and a transport van, then this is the used car for you.

Vauxhall Insignia Hatchback

Assuming you live in the UK, you’ve probably seen this car hundreds of times. The Insignia went through a surge of popularity as part of a company car fleet. Since then, it’s also been a very prevalent used car. Because there are loads of these on the road, the depreciation is pretty high. Any of the versions are going to come pretty cheap, however the 1.8 litre petrol edition is your safest bet. Since it was first released three years ago, this only retains 23% of its original value. The car itself is an absolute dream to drive, and offers you ample space for the entire family. Fuel efficiency is pretty good for a hatch of this size too. It’s very handsome both on the inside and the outside, as the icing on the cake.

Choose any of these cars, and you won’t regret it! The used car market can be confusing and unpredictable. However, there are still several gems that offer drivers a low price for high performance!


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