View Full Version : Best Car to Buy Between 9.5 to 15K?


Deavon
20-04-2005, 13:09
I am trawling through web showrooms today looking for a new car. I have up to 15K budget (but would prefer to spend a little bit less)

Then I thought of asking the forum for any recommendations.

What sort of car should I buy???

x_LoUiSe_x
20-04-2005, 13:12
if you're after a good family car then a mondeo is the way to go :thumbsup:

you can get new and used ones in that price bracket :)

LordChaverly
20-04-2005, 13:13
You need to be more specific about your needs. There are many variations within the price brackets you mention.

Although i don't have one myself, I would recommend something like the Toyota Corolla as a good, reliable all-rounder - you can't go far wrong with this.

Deavon
20-04-2005, 13:15
Sorry, I've got a partner but no kids. I mainly drive in town but like tearing down the M1 when the opportunity arises.

Image is important but not everything.

I've test driven a Corrolla recently and thought it was great. But maybe I am being picky by thinking they are very common?

xamanix
20-04-2005, 13:21
Mondeo?

You want to get a BMW Coupe 2.5 something like that - you will be able to pick up a really decent one under 15k and its a nice mans car which will get you a few looks and the ladies will lurvvve it!

The only problem is once you have a bmw you wont go back to anything else - its true they have something about them!

xamanix
20-04-2005, 13:22
my best friend has a new silver toyota and it really suites her - i think they are girls sports cars x x

Hook
20-04-2005, 13:26
Think about the Citroen C2 GT. It's a beautiful car, and it's a little nippy too. :)

MuteWitness
20-04-2005, 13:27
well a suzuki hayabusa is just what you need for tearing down the M1 :) and then you will still have some money left over for a micra to use round town

nick2
20-04-2005, 13:34
Originally posted by xamanix
You want to get a BMW Coupe 2.5 something like that

Perhaps, if you're a haridresser or interior designer, if you know what I mean.

MuteWitness
20-04-2005, 13:36
Perhaps, if you're a haridresser or interior designer, if you know what I mean.

nope what do you mean?

1Man&hisBMW
20-04-2005, 14:21
Originally posted by f_g
nope what do you mean?

he means he is jealous because he can't afford one :D

anyway, in that sort of bracket, you could get a nice bmw, or if you want someting less sporty more for cruising then you might consider a Mercedes C-Class

Strix
20-04-2005, 14:47
I want a 2.2 Zafira.

It'd be funny :D

We can currently load a heap of stuff into our 1.8 with the seats in 'van' arrangement and go somewhere for the weekend. When we get there, we can get 7 of us in it to get to the pub because the seats all fold up instead of having to come out.

It's far more comfortable to sit in for long periods of time, which is useful when travelling to Scotland or Cambridge.

I like it for practical reasons, but it does look like a bus :(

I drive it like an Astra, and have had great fun out running some of the teenagers in clapped out skips that have been inhaling my exhaust fumes. :D (Hmmm, 2.2 SRi, no give-away skirts ;) :hihi: )

Shiesh
20-04-2005, 14:50
Ford Focus???????? :confused:

Cyclone
20-04-2005, 15:08
Lotus Elise,
Vauxhall VX220
TVR Chimaera
Merc SL230K
Honda S2000
Porsche Boxter

Not in any order particularly.

Strix
20-04-2005, 15:08
Autotrader.co.uk have a particularly handy search facility :thumbsup:

(they do new too ;) )

nick2
20-04-2005, 15:09
Originally posted by 1Man&hisBMW
he means he is jealous because he can't afford one :D


Yeah, thats it, I point and say "I'm jealous of that hairdresser"

http://www.gay.com/style/auto/package.html?sernum=496

beansfeast
20-04-2005, 15:16
Whatever you do DON'T buy an Audi. They are the worst drivers in the world...ever....ever! :gag:

evildrneil
20-04-2005, 15:34
What do you want from your car? I'm currently driving a diesel skoda octavia which suits me fine - it's comfortable, reliable, well built, economical and even comparatively fast - so I would say give one a try - you will find it much cheaper (ans possibly better screwed together :o ) than the equivilent VW :)

Strix
20-04-2005, 15:37
Originally posted by evildrneil
What do you want from your car? I'm currently driving a diesel skoda octavia
We looked at one of those, but the boot lip got in the way of the dog's cage :thumbsdown:

1Man&hisBMW
20-04-2005, 15:40
Originally posted by nick2
Yeah, thats it, I point and say "I'm jealous of that hairdresser"

http://www.gay.com/style/auto/package.html?sernum=496



....AND just what are you doing scouting gay sites...hmm! :D

Deavon
20-04-2005, 15:40
Originally posted by Briano
Whatever you do DON'T buy an Audi. They are the worst drivers in the world...ever....ever! :gag:

I thought that title went to Merc drivers who I have always found offensive in the extreeme.

Actually I'm quite taken by the Audi A3. I think they are quite understated cars.

nick2
20-04-2005, 15:41
Originally posted by 1Man&hisBMW
....AND just what are you doing scouting gay sites...hmm! :D


Duh !

dinp
20-04-2005, 15:41
Get a Fiesta ST - small enough for round town driving and great fun to drive in town or on the motorway :)

Strix
20-04-2005, 15:45
Originally posted by Briano
Whatever you do DON'T buy an Audi. They are the worst drivers in the world...ever....ever! :gag:

After
1) people in dark green cars
2) volvos
3) unnecessary 4x4s
4) women in MPVs
5) older women in anything bigger than a Focus
6) Micra drivers
7) First bus drivers :rant:

In no particular order, of course :D

willman
20-04-2005, 16:18
if its for u on the m1 & style buy an Alfa - various style options & s**t hot.
had a 146ti & only ever got overtook by an impreza.

AJ sheffield
20-04-2005, 16:21
Buy an Alfa for 9.5k and spend the other 5.5k on a recovery truck to follow you around.

t020
20-04-2005, 16:24
Originally posted by Cyclone
Lotus Elise,
Vauxhall VX220
TVR Chimaera
Merc SL230K
Honda S2000
Porsche Boxter

Not in any order particularly.

How many of those are between 9.5k and 15k NEW? The OP stated a new car.

Strix
20-04-2005, 16:27
Originally posted by t020
How many of those are between 9.5k and 15k NEW? The OP stated a new car.
And didn't clarify. Most people refer to a replacement for their current model as 'new'.

t020
20-04-2005, 16:28
Originally posted by Strix
And didn't clarify. Most people refer to a replacement for their current model as 'new'.

"trawling through web showrooms looking for a new car" implies brand new to me. :confused:

Cyclone
20-04-2005, 16:34
Originally posted by t020
How many of those are between 9.5k and 15k NEW? The OP stated a new car.

i'm looking for a new car, new to me. It doesn't mean i'm buying it brand new.

Cyclone
20-04-2005, 16:35
Originally posted by t020
"trawling through web showrooms looking for a new car" implies brand new to me. :confused:

why, can't you buy second hand from a showroom?

Leigh
20-04-2005, 16:47
ford puma - sleak, sporty and affordable.

Ginner
20-04-2005, 16:47
SEAT Leon FR TDi (formerly known as Leon Cupra TDi)

150BHP and 38MPG.

Near VAG/Audi build quality.

Brand new for under 15k in the coming months as the new Leon gets unveiled in Q4 2005.

t020
20-04-2005, 17:24
Originally posted by Cyclone
why, can't you buy second hand from a showroom?

Yes but you can't buy a NEW second hand car from a showroom. Confused semantics - I think the OP needs to clarify here what her meaning was.

Deavon
20-04-2005, 17:47
Originally posted by t020
"trawling through web showrooms looking for a new car" implies brand new to me. :confused:

Yes. Got to be brand new, fresh off the production line. 3 year guarantee and all that!

GazB
20-04-2005, 17:58
New shape Astra.. The 3 door sport hatch is out now I think!

Or:

Toyota Corolla 1.8 VVTL-i T Sport - Around 14 - 15K
Clio 182- 13 - 15K

Deavon
20-04-2005, 18:01
oooh! I really like those new shape Astra's. What a turn around for Vauxhall that was!

I once drove the old style Astra for a few years and got nothing but sneering comments from people. But then again I used to drive a Nova and loved it. So what do I know?

Cyclone
21-04-2005, 09:46
Originally posted by Deavon
Yes. Got to be brand new, fresh off the production line. 3 year guarantee and all that!

Can I ask why you've chosen brand new?

And you can ignore my list as it was based on 2nd hand being in that price bracket.

Deavon
21-04-2005, 10:50
Originally posted by Cyclone
Can I ask why you've chosen brand new?

And you can ignore my list as it was based on 2nd hand being in that price bracket.

I'm not very car savvy so the comments on here have helped. Some of the suggestions I would never even have thought of.

I've found that if you don't know much about 2nd hand cars you can end up spending a lot keeping a them on the road.

I thought I would take the leap for the first time in my life and go for a brand new one that should give me no trouble for at least 3 years. It's just the convenience thing really.


Your list was a bit 'racy' for my blood!!

evildrneil
21-04-2005, 10:57
I would look for a pre-registered car rather than a brand brand new one - basically you will be the second owner on the logbook - but the first owner will typically be a garage who has bought them directly from the supplier (to meet sales targets) and then sell them on at a substantial discount! Typically they will be a few months old with less than 10 miles on the clock...

Sony
21-04-2005, 20:19
If image and reliability are important to you there is only one brand out there: Volkswagen!

Number 1: a nice golf, the GTI would be very nippy:D
Or you could go for a Polo ( the new Polo comes out in a couple of months I think)

Check:

http://www.germancarfans.com/news.cfm/newsid/2050401.007/volkswagen/1.html

And:

http://amotor.no/albums/test-051203-golf/golf_v_001.jpg

They are great for both men and women, and good for small families, town/motorway driving. Go for it!!:clap: