Best used small cars for under £3,000

While at first it may not sound so straightforward to combine all the criteria above, the Perry’s used car dealership happily continues to offer a range of value-for-money small cars

Whether priorities lay on getting a more modern small car, the maximum potential practicality or just sheer value the selection of Perrys used small cars should offer something for everyone. Here is a selection of just ten of the best used small cars available right now for less than £3,000.

Vauxhall Corsa


Price estimate – £2,500

For fewer than three grand you can get yourself a Vauxhall Corsa, one of the best picks for a used small car.

Models from around 2006 can often clock around 50,000 miles but should remain reasonable affordable to run. There are solid engine available from Corsa models this age, particularly like the 80bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine with a manual gearbox. The Corsa will be swift and responsive particularly driving through town and generally easy to both drive and park.

A Corsa with such an engine should also offer relatively low running costs, requiring £120 annually for Road Tax, while the fuel economy is certainly respectable achieving 49mpg on the combined cycle.

Along with all this you get a car with a neat paint job finish and extra equipment provided by the SXi Plus Pack included. Features include 15″ alloy wheels, tinted glass and electric front windows.

Ford Ka


Price estimate – £2,500

This Ford Ka is now dated seven years old but there’s plenty of reason not to let that put you off a highly affordable and value-for-money city car.

Some models on sale dating back as far 2005, clocking around 45,000 miles recorded, relatively a lot less mileage compared to many used cars of a similar age. Engines like the commonly featured 70bhp 1.3-litre petrol engine also smoothly tackles the roads whether you’re in the city or the countryside.

At the same time running costs are kept low with annual Road Tax on 70bhp models set at £135, while the combined fuel economy is 46mpg. For a car which offers an easy accessible drive, viable costs and all the common and standard safety kit you’d expect in a modern city car, the Ka’s low price looks especially affordable.

Renault Modus


Price estimate – £2,500

For considerably less than a £3,000 budget you can get your hands on this practical mini MPV car.

Models dated from 2005 and with around 54,000 miles covered can be on occasions discounted on Perrys used car market so it sits below the £3,000 target. The Modus can continue to offer a tall and spacious drive to onboard passengers, and can move along at a solid pace thanks to engines such as a dependable 98bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine, connected to a manual gearbox.

All of this and the Modus shouldn’t cost a fortune to run either. A used Modus also often includes various welcome features to its equipment list, which includes electric front windows, tinted glass and a driver’s blind spot eliminating mirror.

Peugeot 206


Price estimate – £2,500

A Peugeot 206 even dating as far back as 2003 is a great offering for those seeking a small cheap car, as it offers cheap running costs and a versatile drive on the public roads.

These hatchbacks can clocked up around 70,000 miles or less but should still deliver 0-62mph time below 12 seconds when using engines including the 90bhp 2.0-litre HDi turbodiesel engine on offer, connected to a manual transmission.

Not only can this 206 still offer a nippy drive for a small car, but they also offer respectable combined fuel economy figures of about 53mpg and an annual Road Tax bill of no more than £135.

Used Peugeot 206 models including the oldest ones can still be decked out in cloth upholstery interior. For less than three grand the 206 can also often offer buyers a CD/Radio player and other luxury kit including tinted glass, electric front windows and 15″ alloy wheels.

Proton Savvy


Price estiamte – Just under £3,000

This Proton supermini can seat up to four passengers with extra ease compared to many cheap used small cars, thanks largely in part to the additional rear doors, giving the Savvy five in total.

Looking beyond that, models dating back from 2007 with around 45,000 miles clocked are easily driveable and potentially handy choice of motoring for first time motorists or anyone generally searching for a motor with lower running costs.

The Savvy’s standard 75bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine, connected to a manual gearbox, shouldn’t have much trouble travelling through the city, while the combined fuel economy of 50mpg and low annual Road Tax of £120 bring extra appeal.

Also appealing is the level of equipment on this tidily presented supermini, which includes cloth trim, 15″ alloy wheels and a metallic Black paint finish. The buyer will also find an air con unit with pollen filter, electric front windows and a CD player.

Citroen C3


Price estimate – Just under £3,000

This small affordable French supermini can be found on the used market, with models dating back as far as 2004 and with about 66,000 miles on the clock. Nevertheless it should still run functionally whilst offering below average Road Tax and an above average combined fuel economy.

Citroen C3 models like a 1.4i Desire specification are driven by a 75bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine which averages 46mpg and results in annual Road Tax of £135.

With this car you also get a metallic paint job finish and cloth upholstery for the interior. The C3 also has a large number of safety features and other equipment including trip computer, tinted windows and air conditioning.

Peugeot 307


Price estimate – Just under £3,000

The five-door Peugeot 307 family hatchback can date back from as far as 2004 but be found with a relatively low mileage of just fewer than 38,000.

With this model you can also get a still perky 90bhp petrol engine connected to a manual transmission, which combines an average fuel economy of 44mpg and annual Road Tax of £170.

For below three grand you also get a family car with a neat metallic paint job and a cloth finished interior. There’s a lot of onboard equipment as well including remote central locking, a trip computer, electric front windows and air conditioning.

Ford SportKa


Price estimate – Just under £3,000

The SportKa is a more diverse version of Ford’s popular city car which can prove a used car bargain for someone seeking a manoeuvrable and slightly sportier small car to take to the public roads.

Used models such as a Ford SportKa come from a short production run which lasted between 2003 and 2006. SportKa models from the last production year can have covered around 45,000 miles when sold. Under the bonnet the car boasts a 95bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine and a manual transmission.

The powertrain allows the SportKa to cover the 0-62mph sprint in less than ten seconds, 9.7 to be exact, and all the while the car also sports a sportier body kit and sharper driving characteristics then the standard Ford Ka.

The SportKa also offers a combined fuel economy of 37mpg and annual Road Tax is set at £215. There’s also a leather trim interior inside the SportKa, and equipment including a CD/radio player, electric front windows and 16″ alloy wheels.

Vauxhall Meriva


Price estimate – £2,990

On sale models of the Vauxhall Meriva dating as far back as 2004 and with around 65,000 miles on the clock still offer a practical compact MPV with five seats in two rows. The second row can be handily adjusted forwards or backwards or even pushed into the cabin to substantially increase boot space.

While the Meriva is a compact vehicle it has a greater element of practicality compared with many other small used cars on the market. As well as this advantage, this Meriva also offers some potent engines including a 100bhp 1.7-litre diesel which gives the car a combined fuel economy of 53mpg and an annual Road Tax bill of just £135.

There’s some useful equipment inside for all passengers to, including air conditioning, a CD/MP3 player and remote central locking.

Fiat Punto


Price estimate – £2,990

This second generation Italian supermini is a popular used car choice, and models dating back from 2005 can be found with just around 37,000 miles on the clock.

Not only is it one of the freshest of the cheapest small cars on the used market, the Fiat Punto is an opportunity to own a smartly styled car with a practical and efficient engine like the commonly found 1.2-litre petrol unit.

On a 2005 model this engine usually produces about 60bhp and returns an estimate 50mpg on the combined cycle.

Models dating back five years or more are also often sold with a neat metallic paint bodyshell and a cabin decked out with sports seats, a CD player and air conditioning. All of this along with many other safety features and comforts make the Punto an all-round safe and practical small car purchase.