Buying a small car for £3000?

I have a budget of around the £2000-3000 mark and I wanted to know what cars are quite reliable? I am a young driver so insurance needs to play a factor, also I want it cheap to run and maintain with the added benefit it holds its value quite well. I'm not sure about petrol or diesel as a fuel but I'm hoping you can advise me further.

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Toyota Yaris best. 2nd, maybe a Ford Fiesta. Honda Jazz in this price range starting to have problems.
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