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What's the best car to buy for £3000?

I’m looking to buy a reliable second-hand car for roughly £3000. Three or five doors and a 1.4-litre engine. What would be a good make to consider?

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A Toyota Yaris or Auris would be a good choice - they're both very reliable cars with low running costs. Also consider a Honda Jazz or Ford Fiesta.
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