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Al­though Fi­esta ST180s are a firm favourite of light-fin­gered scum, lower-rent Mk7s tend not to be nicked quite as fre­quently – mainly due to most ex­am­ples not fea­tur­ing key­less en­try and a starter but­ton.

That said, ST-Lines and Red or Black Edi­tions are cer­tainly de­sir­able, and it’s vi­tal to ex­plore any car’s his­tory be­fore buy­ing. In­vest in a full check rather than a cheap phone app, to en­sure the Fi­esta hasn’t been stolen, writ­ten off or still sub­ject of a fi­nance agree­ment – all of which could cost you mas­sively.

Cru­cially, make sure the VIN on the log­book matches what’s printed on a sticker on the driver’s-side B-pil­lar, re­peated on a tag at the left­hand-side of the dash­board (vis­i­ble through the wind­screen) and stamped into the floor be­side the driver’s seat. The car should also have an en­gine stamp that matches the num­ber on its VIN.

If the car does turn out to have an ad­verse his­tory, it’s per­haps best to have it in­spected by a pro­fes­sional – and be sure not to pay over the odds. There are many cat­e­gory C/D/N/S ma­chines on the mar­ket (check Auto Trader on­line) and they form a large per­cent­age of the cheap­est 1.0 EcoBoost Fi­es­tas avail­able.

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