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Used car expert shares three interesting yet reliable models available for under £3,000


A well-respected used car expert has taken to YouTube to share three incredibly reliable used vehicles that do not cost a fortune to buy or run.

Grant runs the YouTube channel Scottish Car Clan and regularly makes videos in which he gives advice to help viewers find a reliable used car and steer clear of old bangers.

In a popular video, Grant discusses reliable used cars that motorists can buy for under £4,000, stating that the Honda Accord offers plenty of space and an incredibly solid powertrain.

He advised: “Honda really should have sponsored this video, I think. There is a good reason why you see so many of these Accords available for sale with 200,000 to 300,000 miles – galactic mileages on them. That’s because they can take them so well.

“A top tip on an Accord is the catalytic converters on them are some of the most valuable available. So, if you do buy one of these and run it until the end of its life, send it off to the scrappers and you’ll get a good return on that catalytic converter as well as the scrap metal from the car.”

A staple of the Japanese company’s range since 1976, the Honda Accord is a range of saloons, estates and the occasional coupe with a good track record for reliability.

With a budget of £4,000, used car buyers will be able to get behind the wheel of an eighth-generation example, built between 2008 and 2015.

Whilst they may not look quite as attractive as a similarly-priced Ford Mondeo, Audi A4 or Volkswagen Passat, a carefully-maintained Accord is often capable of reaching significant distances, with some having covered over a million miles.

Later in the video, Grant recommended that motorists looking for something that is economical to run consider a used Toyota Aygo, which was also sold as a Citroen and a Peugeot.

He added: “Now, this is the exact same car as the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107. There’s no real differences, so take your pick out of those three.

“These are cheap, no-frills, low cost motoring at its best. One little advisory, though, is that a lot of these have been driven by learner drivers, so make sure that clutch is OK and make sure the bodywork is alright when you actually go and view one.”

Finally, whilst they can be thirsty, Grant suggested that buyers in the market for a rugged yet budget-priced off-roader should opt for a Toyota Land Cruiser.

He continued: “Now, this is going to be reserved for those of you who need a particularly big car or some good off-road ability, and that of course is the Toyota Land Cruiser. They’re well-known for being indestructible, but you should be careful.

“On your £4,000 budget, you are going to be stretching a little bit. It’s going to be older, it’s going to have a good few miles on it, so some silly little things are likely to go wrong. That said, overall, a pretty indestructible car.”

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