Citroen C1 (2005 – 2014) At A Glance
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Why can't I find an affordable used car with a full service history?
"My beloved Citroen C1 has recently been written off as a Cat D so I need to find a replacement. I'm looking to spend no more than £3500 and want to buy from a dealer. I'm surprised at the number of cars I see advertised that have big gaps in the service history. Such as an eight year old C1 that was serviced for only the first three years. Is this the kind of car I should avoid? "
Why be surprised? People can't afford to service cars these days and suffer when they come to p/x, which is when dealers pick the cars up very cheaply then try to sell them at market value for a properly serviced car. Definitely avoid anything that does not have a proper service history, and a sheaf of photocopied invoices is always more valuable than stamps in a service book.
Can you suggest a reliable and economical little car?
"I am looking for a reliable and economical little car.
So far the Citroen C1 looks good, it's small, has a good mpg and seems to be good value for money.
The only thing is that I have to do a fair bit of driving - I'm at university and as a result I do a trip from gloucestershire to norfolk about 3 times a year (if not more) as well as the day to day trips. Approx 10,000-15,000 miles a year.
Do you think that the Citroen C1 (2010 onwards) would be able to manage this level of driving, or is it only built for being a city car?
If it is only meant to be a city car, what would you recommend as a reliable and economical little car that would be able to cope with a mileage of about 10,000-15,000 miles a year?
Thank you very much for your help."
FIAT 500 1.2s are good on the motorway because they are fairly high geared at around 23mph per 1,000rpm and they have excellent, big front seats (which is why there's not much room in the back). Just don't expect sparkling performance.
Need a cheap used car with low insurance
"What is the best car to buy for a 21 year old with a budget of £2500?"
For cheap insurance, probably a Citroen C1/Peugeot 107/Toyota Aygo. Or a FIAT Panda 1.1 litre Active.
What's the best £5k car for a learner driver?
"My partner is looking into buying a car for her 17 year son to help pass his test and to keep through university. They have £5000 to spend, but don't know what to buy. Can you help? "
The standard choice is those with the lowest insurance and lowest running costs, so Citroen C1, Peugeot 107/108, Toyota Aygo, Fiat Panda, Fiat 500, Nissan Tino, Suzuki Alto, SEAT Mii, Skoda Citigo, VW Up. Unfortunately our new Choose a Car feature is not yet programmed to cover used cars.