What used Mini Convertible sports will I get for my budget?
An early 2016 Cooper model with the 1.5 petrol engine starts at around £10,000 for something with lots of miles on it, while lower mileage examples ones start at £12,000. The more sprightly Cooper S is more expensive again, with prices starting at £14,500, while the JCW range-topper is the most expensive Mini Convertible you can buy at £17,000 for something that doesn't have a history of accident damage or high mileage. Roughly, you'll need to budget between £10,000 and £15,000 for cars in good condition from 2016, 2017 and 2018, and around £15,000 to £20,000 on models from 2019 and 2020, depending on spec. Look to spend between £20,000 to £28,000 on 2021 cars.
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The Mini with the lowest CO2 output is the 1.5 diesel with 100g/km, under the older NEDC tests, which sneaks it into the free car tax band. Up next is the 1.5 petrol with 114g/km, followed by the 2.0 Cooper S with 139g/km. The JCW is the worst, but 152g/km isn't particularly bad compared with some rivals.
Road tax (VED)
Road tax for all models registered before 1 April 2017 will vary depending upon the emissions the engine produces (see above paragraph), while examples registered after this date will have the same flat rate fee for cars that cost less than £40,000 when new. The current rate is £155 a year. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.
Insurance and servicing costs
Insurance rates for most versions will be reasonable, although the Cooper S and JCW models will be more costly. Some cars less than three years old may still have some services left under the Mini TLC servicing package that new owners could buy with the car. After three years, Mini has a fixed-price value service scheme with prices that are published on their website.
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