Well, after one large bill for my 2000 Ibiza, I've decided to go after an upgraded model. Trawling around garages the past week or so, we bit the bullet and so a friend (mechanic) and I travelled around the area and happened upon this little beauty:
Ford Focus 2007 (07 Plate) 1.8 TDCi; 78,000 Miles; Service history; low spec, but very tidy looking. They want £5k for it, which is a little over my budget of £3k, plus my old car. I think that I might be able to offer them a little less, as it's been sitting on the forecourt for a while. It needs a new cam belt at 80,000 miles, so factor that into it and we might be getting closer to terms here.
I'd love to be able to get a car that costs me £90 - £125 per year to tax, as opposed to this one, which is £205 for the year. Insurance costs would be similar to the current car and I think I could stretch to that, but I don't want to go in over the odds.