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Advice for a nearly new Car 09:27 - Jul 31 with 1902 viewsChondzoresk

Can I pick your brains please.....I have 15k to spend on a nearly new car. I’m looking at a VW Polo DSG GTI. Do any of you own a car like this? Also looking at Audi A1 S line. Do any of you own a ‘sporty’ little number? Must be automatic too as my left knee is fooked. Any recommendations or thoughts please. They all seem very similar, but the build quality of VW seems top notch. Cheers guys!
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Advice for a nearly new Car on 12:46 - Aug 1 with 442 viewsChondzoresk

Advice for a nearly new Car on 12:41 - Aug 1 by jas0999

Take a look at the Seat. Essentially a VW, but get a lot more for your money.


Cupra is on the list. Thank you.
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Advice for a nearly new Car on 12:46 - Aug 1 with 442 viewsChondzoresk

Advice for a nearly new Car on 12:41 - Aug 1 by jas0999

Take a look at the Seat. Essentially a VW, but get a lot more for your money.


Cupra already on list to look at.
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Advice for a nearly new Car on 12:49 - Aug 1 with 431 viewsTIB

Advice for a nearly new Car on 12:36 - Aug 1 by Chondzoresk

Thank you for that. Nice review. All of them have a possible fault in them, it’s luck of the draw...
Arbarth would be on my list. I think it’s the ‘Competizione’ I would like. More grunt, however my wife hates them and don’t think they have an auto box.


True, as with anything. Definitely read about the VAG gearboxes though, as mentioned above, check they’ve been serviced at set intervals. What Polo were you looking at? New shape or one before? I had white with sunroof and tartan interior...they look amazing in black though with that red trim on badge, grill etc

I’ve had four Fiat’s now, two being the Abarth 500. First was the 135bhp and then I got the 595 Comp. Perfect amount of performance and more fun than the Polo and Audi...partly because of the exhaust note and size of them. They are marmite though.

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Advice for a nearly new Car on 12:50 - Aug 1 with 428 viewsTIB

Advice for a nearly new Car on 12:45 - Aug 1 by Chondzoresk

They do an auto box on the Arbarth 500, but a push button electrical. Back on the list it goes.


They do indeed.

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Advice for a nearly new Car on 12:50 - Aug 1 with 428 viewsSamWhiteUK

Just so you (and others) are aware "S line" means nothing other than "looks different to the standard one". Unless you actually get an S3, it's no quicker than the equivalent engined A3. The "nippy" saloon mentioned here would be just as quick if it weren't an S line

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Advice for a nearly new Car on 13:16 - Aug 1 with 401 viewsBlue_Order

Golf. Always a Golf.
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Advice for a nearly new Car on 13:59 - Aug 1 with 359 viewsSamWhiteUK

Advice for a nearly new Car on 13:16 - Aug 1 by Blue_Order

Golf. Always a Golf.


A GTI of around 2015 vintage could be had for that sort of money

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Advice for a nearly new Car on 16:04 - Aug 1 with 331 viewsblueconscience

If you have 15k to spend, you should spec up a couple of models you like the look of on CarWow and see what offers you get from the dealerships.

If the offers aren’t quite low enough, the site usually has a decent number of used equivalents to take a look at.
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Advice for a nearly new Car on 17:09 - Aug 1 with 287 viewsWD19

Advice for a nearly new Car on 14:24 - Jul 31 by giant_ullaa

i wish! I do get to drive my mother in sort of law's occasionally though - a green version of this:



Good fun!


The news that your mother in law occasionally lets you have a go has to be one of the least surprising posts in TWTD history.....
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Advice for a nearly new Car on 17:36 - Aug 1 with 281 viewsNewcyBlue

Advice for a nearly new Car on 12:46 - Aug 1 by Chondzoresk

Cupra already on list to look at.


If you’re buying from a Main Stealer haggle the hell out of them. It’s a buyers market right now.

Is it a small car you’re specifically after?

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Advice for a nearly new Car on 17:57 - Aug 1 with 262 viewsChondzoresk

Advice for a nearly new Car on 17:36 - Aug 1 by NewcyBlue

If you’re buying from a Main Stealer haggle the hell out of them. It’s a buyers market right now.

Is it a small car you’re specifically after?


Yes, small. My drive can only accommodate 3 cars. Road is narrow, so can’t park on road.
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Advice for a nearly new Car on 17:59 - Aug 1 with 258 viewsChondzoresk

Advice for a nearly new Car on 17:36 - Aug 1 by NewcyBlue

If you’re buying from a Main Stealer haggle the hell out of them. It’s a buyers market right now.

Is it a small car you’re specifically after?


I intend to take their shirts off their backs. If I’m not happy, I’ll go to the next car.
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Advice for a nearly new Car on 18:12 - Aug 1 with 253 viewsblueconscience

Advice for a nearly new Car on 17:59 - Aug 1 by Chondzoresk

I intend to take their shirts off their backs. If I’m not happy, I’ll go to the next car.


That’s why CarWow is good, you get multiple dealerships fighting for your business. I got 18% off the list price.
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Advice for a nearly new Car on 18:23 - Aug 1 with 238 viewssolomon

Advice for a nearly new Car on 11:57 - Jul 31 by Chondzoresk

Thanks, I think I’ll pass on the Panda 😜 Yes, I do like Audi. My son drives one and raves about it. But I’m still hot on the Polo GTI. Looked at Skodas and Seats, but they are almost as expensive as VWs. I will not have a BMW. Some guy bought a M5 for £5k....he had to spend £7k on a re con gearbox which apparently they fail on all the time.


I’m sorry but if anyone bought a used M5 for 5k then they got all they deserved, no M car, AMG or RS version of German big 3 should be bought used over 5 years old without a thorough inspection or from an approved specialist used dealer.

The polo is a good fit but it’s not the outright best in class, also consider desirability at re sale as polos are generally first time cars or a commute buggy or older persons transport, they won’t be drawn to the insurance issues and the other associated costs. Don’t rule out a mini, that 3 cylinder 1,5 litre turbo unit is a peach,build quality is suburb now BMW have all their pieces in place, we have one as a second car and it’s probably better value for money than the Audi we had before. Plus they are very desirable for resale and on trend right now.
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Advice for a nearly new Car on 18:54 - Aug 1 with 225 viewsronnyd

Advice for a nearly new Car on 18:23 - Aug 1 by solomon

I’m sorry but if anyone bought a used M5 for 5k then they got all they deserved, no M car, AMG or RS version of German big 3 should be bought used over 5 years old without a thorough inspection or from an approved specialist used dealer.

The polo is a good fit but it’s not the outright best in class, also consider desirability at re sale as polos are generally first time cars or a commute buggy or older persons transport, they won’t be drawn to the insurance issues and the other associated costs. Don’t rule out a mini, that 3 cylinder 1,5 litre turbo unit is a peach,build quality is suburb now BMW have all their pieces in place, we have one as a second car and it’s probably better value for money than the Audi we had before. Plus they are very desirable for resale and on trend right now.


There ya go. The wisdom of Soloman.
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Advice for a nearly new Car on 19:25 - Aug 1 with 209 viewsDurovigutum

Advice for a nearly new Car on 18:23 - Aug 1 by solomon

I’m sorry but if anyone bought a used M5 for 5k then they got all they deserved, no M car, AMG or RS version of German big 3 should be bought used over 5 years old without a thorough inspection or from an approved specialist used dealer.

The polo is a good fit but it’s not the outright best in class, also consider desirability at re sale as polos are generally first time cars or a commute buggy or older persons transport, they won’t be drawn to the insurance issues and the other associated costs. Don’t rule out a mini, that 3 cylinder 1,5 litre turbo unit is a peach,build quality is suburb now BMW have all their pieces in place, we have one as a second car and it’s probably better value for money than the Audi we had before. Plus they are very desirable for resale and on trend right now.


We had been looking at nearly new Mini convertibles with that 1.5 engine in January as our second car but held off. I changed job, in theory a commute on the train, so our second car mattered less. In lockdown I found a 14 year old car with 34k miles up for less than the depreciation when I drove my Volvo XC40 off the forecourt in November. I'm not sure I'd buy that Volvo again now as come this winter I suspect used car prices will have fallen significantly, the current bump being surpressed demand, and I'd pick up something a few years old for 45% less - and hardly be needing to drive it.

Hyundai N30 is worth a look - I'd choose something that wasn't German simply because there are so many of them in the road. The VRS Skoda is good (I almost bought one in 2011 but went A3 cabriolet instead) but you can tell the "perceived quality" difference in places.

Despite all the advice I'd be likely to buy with my heart and not so much with my head, despite it costing me plenty in the past....
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Advice for a nearly new Car on 19:39 - Aug 1 with 194 viewshampstead_blue

OP.

I've come late but been away.
BMW 1 Series.

Your budget gets you into some really good spec'd cars. Diesel or petrol.

I had a new one in 2007 and it was very good indeed. Had it for 3 1/2 years and it felt brand new even when it went back.

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Advice for a nearly new Car on 08:06 - Aug 2 with 139 viewssolomon

Advice for a nearly new Car on 19:25 - Aug 1 by Durovigutum

We had been looking at nearly new Mini convertibles with that 1.5 engine in January as our second car but held off. I changed job, in theory a commute on the train, so our second car mattered less. In lockdown I found a 14 year old car with 34k miles up for less than the depreciation when I drove my Volvo XC40 off the forecourt in November. I'm not sure I'd buy that Volvo again now as come this winter I suspect used car prices will have fallen significantly, the current bump being surpressed demand, and I'd pick up something a few years old for 45% less - and hardly be needing to drive it.

Hyundai N30 is worth a look - I'd choose something that wasn't German simply because there are so many of them in the road. The VRS Skoda is good (I almost bought one in 2011 but went A3 cabriolet instead) but you can tell the "perceived quality" difference in places.

Despite all the advice I'd be likely to buy with my heart and not so much with my head, despite it costing me plenty in the past....


Nowadays there are no real quality issues in regards to how the car performs, generally they all do the job they are meant to do, there’s no longer the gulf in costs for maintenance and repairs as most franchised dealers have similar overheads which translate into similar hourly rates, parts still have a variance from brand to brand ironically Hyundai parts are some (not the worst) of the most expensive. By all means buy with your heart if you can absorb the cost later down the line but generally it’s a good idea to use your head with what is always a very expensive purchase.
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Advice for a nearly new Car on 09:44 - Aug 2 with 123 viewsTIB

Fair few auto Polo GTi’s under £15k on autotrader, low mileage as well, sub-30k. Golf a good shout as well...I was a fan of the last shape Polo as it was more like the original Golf.

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Advice for a nearly new Car on 10:59 - Aug 2 with 103 viewshampstead_blue

Sorry for the long links.

https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/10575914?cId=10362404&cId=10575914&cId=1

The 1 Series M135i is a wonderful car. IMHO this is the best colour and wheels combo
https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/10706201?cId=10686486&cId=10708660&cId=1

Also; This Renault will be a pure driving car. They Trophy spec is sublime.

https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/10680225?cId=10690319&cId=10362404&cId=1


That's my tuppence.
Auto does lose you choice but the M135i gets you all you'll ever need.
Oh, they are a small van with the back seats down.

Have fun.

Nearly forgot....

https://www.bca.co.uk/
Get yourself set-up for searching only. It's free.
Buy from a management fleet and you will get a minter.

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