Originally Posted by Rodney
love it when people slag off french cars and then recommend nissans.....guess who owns nissan.
Your first contribution to this thread was poorly thought out and you seem to be continuing in the same vein.
Yes, many of us know Renault now own Nissan, but in this particular case many posters are recommending that the op has a look at a K11 Micra and that particular model would have had very little, if any, French involvement.
The fact remains that, over the last couple of decades at least, vehicles with substantial Japanese influence in either design or manufacture have proven to be significantly more reliable than the products of other countries. In recent years the Koreans have started to produce some very competitively priced but still impressively reliable vehicles.
Check out these reliability surveys:
That being said, regardless of marque, buying with a budget of around a grand is a bit of a lottery. For example the pass criteria for even a genuine MOT test is pretty low, and a recent certificate is absolutely no guarantee that the vehicle is roadworthy.
My best advice to the op would be to take an assistant who knows what they are doing and try to get a look underneath the car. In the vehicle age range determined by the limited budget, under body corrosion is a real killer.