What's a good ULEZ compliant car on a £3000 budget?

My daughter who lives in Australia, is coming back to the UK for a long visit and wants to buy a "cheap" car for the time she will be here. It needs to be dog friendly and ULEZ compliant. However she only has about £3000 to spend on it and the age of the good old banger seems dead. What would you recommend?

Asked on 24 May 2024 by Chris Ottewell

Answered by Andrew Brady
At this price point and for these circumstances, your daughter will be better looking for a good car without being too picky about particular models. Look for a tidy example of a car being sold by a private seller who's clearly looked after it - an extensive service record with evidence of regular maintenance is a good sign (as is a long MoT). If your daughter wishes to narrow down the search, look for simple petrol cars - something like a Honda Civic or Ford Focus would be a good choice, especially as there are plenty about. Use the 'good/bad' section of our reviews to see common issues.
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