What used Vauxhall Corsa hatchback will I get for my budget?
An early 2014 Vauxhall Corsa can be found from £3000 but, owing to this car’s popularity with new drivers, many have had accident repairs. Not that this should necessarily discourage you if the car has been repaired correctly, but make sure you inspect the car carefully to confirm that this is the case. Some will also have high mileages, and, such is the proliferation of Corsas on the market, it's probably best to seek one with an average mileage for its year.
Better-equipped Corsas, such as SRi and Excite models, from 2015 with an average number of miles, should start at between £4000-£6000. As mentioned, the sheer number of used Corsas available means there isn't a significant premium for choosing a five-door Corsa over a three-door.
There is, however, a premium placed on any Corsa that has a turbocharger fitted. If you want to get into a three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo or a 1.4-litre turbo, you'll need to spend more like £5000. Look to spend between £6000 and £8000 on a 2016 or 2017 model, and somewhere in the region of £8000 to £10,000 on a 2018 one.
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How much does it cost to run a Vauxhall Corsa hatchback?
The Corsa is an inexpensive car to buy, and it's cheap to run, too, thanks to efficient engines, low insurance costs and minimal road tax.
The diesel is the economy champion of the Corsa range at 83.1mpg combined (under the older, more generous NEDC tests) and 89g/km of CO2, but the turbo petrol cars are also very efficient; the 1.0 three-cylinder turbo does better than its non-turbo equivalents to return 56.5mpg and 117g/km. The 1.4 75 and 90 and the 1.4T 100 are all rated at 54.3mpg and 120g/km.
If you need an automatic gearbox, you're forced to go for the 1.4 90 petrol. This reduces fuel consumption to 47.9mpg and increases emissions to 139g/km.
Any Corsa registered after April 2017 will be charged the flat-rate VED road tax, which is currently £145 a year. For those registered before that, road tax will depend on the amount of CO2 it officially emits. You can find out more about road tax costs here.
Vauxhall has a service club that you can join where you get discounted servicing for older cars. There's a 15% reduction on cars that are two to three years old and 25% on ones over three years of age.
You can pay a fixed-price fee for interim, main and major services that depend on whether you have a petrol or diesel Corsa. These are £160, £265 and £305 for petrol models and £170, £295 and £335 for diesel models respectively.
If you can't pay it all on the day, you can spread the cost over three years by sorting out a monthly plan that entitles you to half-price MOT tests.
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