What used Mazda MX-5 sports will I get for my budget?
Avoiding Cat D cars and those with above average mileages, prices for this third generation car start at around £3000, at the time of writing. This would net you a 2005/2006 car with an average mileage for the year, think around 60 to 80,000 miles, from a private sale or a trade dealer. Up the money to between £4000 and £6000 and you'll find good, clean 2008, maybe the 2009 facelifted car, with, again, an average or even below average mileage - MX-5s are often used as weekend cars, so mileages tend to be under the average for the year. If you're after a 2010 to 2012 car, you'll need to spend somewhere between £8000 and £10,000, but for that you'll get a clean example with a full service history, probably from a good independent or franchised dealer. Post-2013 facelift cars seem to start at around £10,000.