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The Used Car Hot List

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Despite the well publicised surge in new car sales in the UK, used car sales are still higher in number. The following are the most searched for used cars:

Nissan Qashqai (2007-2014)

The Qashqai is popular both used and new and the original model was almost single handedly responsible for the explosion in the crossover market. Its footprint is similar to a VW Golf or a Ford Focus, but there's more room inside and a comfortable, elevated ride height. There's a good choice of used models, so don't grab the first one you see and watch out for rear shock absorbers, which may need replacing.

Ford Focus 2004-2011

The second generation Focus saw the car really come into its own. It's the perfect combination of superb handling, refinement at speed, spacious cabin and a comfortable ride. As one of Britain's best selling cars, there are plenty of good quality used examples available but beware of leaky cabins and noisy engines.

Vauxhall Corsa (2006-2014)

The recently replaced Corsa had a stellar run on the market, including a number of awards wins. It's bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside and offers very good value for money. Watch out for squeaky or grinding brakes.

BMW 3 Series (2005-2014)

The class leading compact executive also went off the market only recently after years of showing the others how it's done. It's a very composed car on the road with superb refinement and a very comfortable cabin. Keep an eye out for tatty interior trim and sticking door handles.

Volkswagen Golf (2009-2012)

Any previous generation of Golf makes a good used buy and the sixth generation is as practical and rewarding as ever. It boasts a premium quality cabin and a strong engine range but check the alignment of door panels, electrics and engine warning lights, before parting with any cash.

Volkswagen Golf (2004-2009)

The fifth generation Golf is nearly as popular and offered a marked improvement in quality over the Mk4 model. It's a classier car than its immediate rivals and holds its value well. Listen out for knocks and clunks or vibration from the front suspension.

Jaguar X-Type (2001-2009)

It was based upon the Ford Mondeo but that's not obvious from the driver's point of view, except in the fantastic handling and ride quality. The fit and finish is very clearly Jaguar but check for noisy transmission, steering and worn clutches before buying.

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