Car Mechanics (UK)
► The Suzuki Swift is a highly-regarded car on the used market and, despite the fact that early ones are getting on a bit, anything offered for significantly less than £1000 will be cheap for a reason.
That said, £995 should be enough to get you into a respectable 1.3 GL with a decent-ish amount of MOT on an 05- or 55-plate, or else a higher-mileage older car. Between £1000 and £2000 there’s masses of choice, but it’s not always the case that the more expensive cars in that price bracket are the best. The best ones are the cars with provenance, that have clearly been well looked after and are as tidy underneath as they are on top. Later models, from the 09-plate onwards, still fetch upwards of
£3000, with a late model GLX costing as much as £4250 from a dealer. Sport models command a premium, but this isn’t massive as they’re more expensive to run. The 1.3 diesel attracts a higher price tag, too, thanks to its 70mpg fuel economy and £30-per-year road tax, neither of which is worth it as the costs of repair and maintenance over a few years will most likely be greater than tax and fuel outlay on a 1.3 petrol.