What used Mazda MX-5 sports will I get for my budget?
How much does it cost to run a Mazda MX-5 sports?
For a sports car, it's easy on the wallet. Insurance is reasonable at group 11 for the 1.6, 12 for the standard 1.8 and 13 for the 1.8 Sport.
Servicing and spares are, in the main, a little dearer than for a mainstream small family hatchback, but the car's simplicity and reliability mean repairs are seldom needed. Even fuel consumption is excellent at up to 36.7mpg overall for the 1.6 and 32.5mpg for the 1.8s.
But the best news is that MX-5s lose value more slowly than most other cars, so you can be sure of a good price when you sell one on. Three-year-old models are still worth two thirds of what they originally cost, and five-year-olds sell for almost half. Even after 10 years, a cared-for car with its paperwork in order still fetches good money. That's partly down to its image and popularity, but also due to its excellent reputation for giving faithful service.