What's a good diesel to buy on a £3000 budget?

I'd like to buy a used diesel family car within the £3000 limit. I need it for commuting so needs to be good on fuel? Any ideas and what mileage is best for the age?

Asked on 29 January 2019 by gary goble

Answered by Andrew Brady
A diesel at this price has the potential to be problematic. You want one with reasonably high miles and extensive service history - it's better to find a diesel that's done lots of motorway journeys rather than one that's been used around town. I'd be tempted by a Skoda Octavia. They're popular with taxi drivers, which is a sign that they're pretty reliable, but look for signs that it might have been used for private hire. Also consider a Toyota Avensis for the same reason.
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