What should I look for in a used Vauxhall Astra estate?
Most estates are bought new by fleets and worked hard. So, check the load area for tears or stains because replacing fabric trim can be expensive. If the car has a tow hook, ask what it has been used to haul and have the suspension and drivetrain checked for excess wear or damage.
Mechanically, though, Astras are reliable, and the previous model did reasonably well in JD Power customer satisfaction surveys. The What Car? Reliability Index shows that Astras are dependable and very cheap to fix when they do go wrong.
There's also the reassurance that any good local garage should be more than capable of tackling routine maintenance.