Originally Posted by Banks
it would be for 120 miles a week but it also could possibly be 380 miles a week come next year if im promoted.
the £1k end of the market is a lottery mate. dont stress about getting a particular make or model, the most important thing is that the car itself is reasonably straight.
buy from a private owner who has owned the car for at least several years, ideally an elderly person or a woman (probably less likely to rip you off).
mileage / age is pretty irrelevant. try and get something with at least 6 months MOT and a fully stamped service book.
a good trick is to ring up and when enquiring tell them that you are a mechanic and that you will be annoyed if there is anything wrong with the car as you will find it. if the car is straight they will have nothing to hide.
if you end up doing 380 miles per week i would borrow money and buy something relatively new as an old car will potentially give you loads of gip and frequent bills.