2008 Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon – £3,990
Still one of the smartest-looking small estate cars it’s possible to buy, this Alfa 159 Lusso has striking red leather seats, proper phone dial wheels and a new clutch, brake pads and gearbox. It’s £3,000. It’s a no-brainer for any car fan with a family.
2015 Dacia Duster – £4,495
If a newer car is required but absolutely no frills aren’t, then a manual, petrol Duster will not only act as a bargain workhorse but is also cheap to tax and will be fine with any ultra low emissions zones. Enough space for a family plus electric windows and… that’s about it in terms of features.