What's a good reliable estate on a £1500 budget?

I need to buy a cheap estate car to transport my two dogs. I have a budget of £1500 max ideally and will only do about 3000 miles a year. What do you recommend for reliability and ideally, cheap road tax?

Asked on 25 November 2019 by Andrew Bradshaw

Answered by Andrew Brady
If you don't need a huge amount of space, a Skoda Fabia Estate might be a good option. They're robust little cars with a big boot and fairly easy access thanks to a low lip. Also, consider an Octavia if you need more space. Alternatively, consider a Vauxhall Astra Estate. There are loads about so you can be picky about condition. Avoid diesels for your mileage.
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