I need to get a reliable car urgently. Do you advise a PCP?

I wonder if you can help as I'm a bit desperate. I have a 2005 Renault Clio with a broken gearbox, which was mis-sold 2 months ago. I have a second Renault Clio (2007) with low mileage, given to me for free 6 days ago, It now has an injector light coming on and it's in limp mode. I'm a nurse who is at her wit's end and needs a really reliable car as taxis are costing too much. Would you scrap both cars and do a PCP? Budget is up to £160 a month. I need a reliable car pretty urgently. Thank you so much.

Asked on 6 January 2021 by Ilona Albrecht

Answered by Andrew Brady
Unfortunately, as you're finding, an older Clio is a recipe for headaches. A PCP isn't a bad idea – a little Kia Picanto or Suzuki Swift will be very affordable, cheap to run and should prove to be much more reliable than your current cars.
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