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What to buy with up to €12,000 to spend?

Looking for model recommendations for a used car. My requirements: automatic, cruise control, air conditioning, 1.6-2.0-litre, €10,000-12,000 available.

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by David Murphy (Dundalk) - Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:15

Neil Briscoe Answered by: Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Advisor - @neilmbriscoe


Hi David,

OK, we found a few good options, via Carzone, but there are plenty more if you have a look.

How about a BMW 5 Series? It’s top of budget, but we found a 131-reg 520d in SE spec, with auto, air conditioning and cruise. A fabulous car to drive, and perfect for long journeys. Used BMW 5 Series for sale on Carzone. Maybe check out our BMW 5 Series F10 (2010-2017) used car buying guide if that piques your interest.

Or, if you need something a little more practical (and also faultlessly reliable) how about a Mazda6 Estate 150hp diesel? It’s a 2015 car, and they’re as good to drive as they are to look at. Used Mazda6 for sale on Carzone. (Read our Mazda6 reviews here).

Or, how about a Toyota Prius? We found a 2012 model, with the required air conditioning and cruise: Used Toyota Prius for sale on Carzone. (Read our Toyota Prius reviews here).


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I presently have a Ford Focus Ghia 1.6 automatic (2006). It's getting a bit old and I want to change it next year. I'm just looking for general recommendations. I don't want anything too sporty or potentially too expensive to maintain. BMW and Mercs can be expensive to maintain and will be at the top of my "Avoid List."

The Mazda and Prius do look interesting.


Posted by David Murphy (Dundalk) - Fri, 19 Jun 2020 11:37:06