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.