Review: Volkswagen Polo (1994 – 1999)


Competent hatchback with a comfortable ride and a classier image than it deserves.

Dated-looking dashboard. Patchy build quality. Heavy on front tyres and front brakes. Rusts badly in doors.

Volkswagen Polo (1994 – 1999): At A Glance

Completely new, bigger, more substantial Polo available as a 3 or 5 door hatch. 

What does a Volkswagen Polo (1994 – 1999) cost?

List Price from £15,390
Buy new from £13,935
Contract hire from £168.34 per month

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My insurance has offered scrap value for my car after an accident - what do I do?

I own a 1996 Volkswagen Polo MK3 which has been in the family since new. Recently I had a small dent in the wing caused by a third party. The insurance engineer stated that it was not worth repairing and offered scrap value for it. How do I stand with the law on this one. Should my car be restored to its condition prior to the accident, regardless of value?
No. Consistent County Court judgements have been that you are entitled to be put back in the position before the damage was done, but that paying you 'market value' for your car meets that requirement. It stinks. Basically someone wants to rip off your car, fix it cheaply and re-sell it. So refuse to allow them to 'write off' your car and simply demand whatever figure their sums came up with that allow you to keep the car without it becoming a Cat D, a Cat C or a Cat B. Even if they pay you nothing, that would be better than being given £200 as 'market value' for your car.
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