These days, it’s easy and tempting to just purchase a brand-new vehicle as dealerships entice potential car owners with jaw-dropping promos.
Whether it’s low down payment schemes or more flexible terms, car companies are more than happy to attract buyers. However, secondhand vehicles in Inverness are still selling like hotcakes—and for a variety of good reasons.
Which Second-Hand Car To Buy
There are many things to consider when choosing a new car. These include appearance, performance, tech features, value for money, and of course, safety. Fortunately, there’s a car that has these characteristics – the Ford Fiesta Hatchback.
Nine years is a lifetime in the motor industry, and especially the last nine years, which have seen us switch from petrol to diesel and back again, seen the rise of electric cars and hybrids, touchscreens and connected cars, SUVs and crossovers. Yet, through all of that, the Ford Fiesta has been a constant, not just as a big-seller but as one of the best cars in its class, and certainly the best to drive.
In fact, Ford Fiesta has declared the best-selling second-hand car for so many years now.
Which Variant Should You Buy?
There is a simplicity to the Fiesta which is quite refreshing. In an age where car model ranges have spread ever outwards, the Fiesta has stuck with simple core principles — there have only ever really been three, at most four, engine choices, and two key trim levels. Of those, the mid-spec Zetec trim is probably the best one to aim for as it’s sufficiently well equipped to feel like you’re getting the things you need but without the higher price tag and steeper depreciation of the ritzier Titanium spec version.
It is worth tracking down one where the previous owner has spent the extra on the SYNC infotainment system though — although it only gets you the tiniest of display screens, it is useful if you want to play your music and make hands-free calls from your phone. As a bonus, it too is simple to use and navigate.
As for the engines, the Fiesta at first carried over the 1.25-litre petrol and 1.4 TDCI diesel engines from the 2002-2008 Fiesta and of those two, it’s the frugal, free-revving, smooth 1.25 that’s the best unit to go for. It doesn’t quite have the headline Co2 figures of the diesel, but it’s nicer by far to drive and almost as economical in real terms.
A 2013 facelift saw the Fiesta get a new face, with a big, bold grille that has more than a touch of Aston Martin about it, and some new engines. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol is the star of this up-dated range, either in turbo or non-turbo forms. With 100hp or 125hp, the turbo versions are almost junior hot hatches and make the most of the Fiesta’s nigh-legendary combination of sharp steering and chassis balance, but they’re not cheap.
The 65hp non-turbo version lacks the power, but is fine for city and town driving, and swings a sweet three-cylinder song when you rev it. The newer 1.5-litre TDCI diesel is also smooth and refined, by diesel standards, but it feels a touch dead to drive with a lack of mid-range torque, so only go for that if you have lots of long journeys to do and need the extra economy. That 2013 facelift also brought with it some improved cabin quality.
Possible Issues to Check
Make sure the headlights are working properly as changing the bulbs on a Fiesta is a nightmare thanks to the car’s tight packaging under the bonnet. While you’re at it, make sure that the black plastic trims which run upward from the backs of the doors are securely in place.
1.4 TDCI diesel suffers from leaking fuel return pipes, which can give of a diesel smell and damage the injectors. You also need to check all engines for their coolant levels, which if low can be a sign of a leaky water pump. The 1.25 engine is hugely reliable though (it was designed by Yamaha, which helps) and there are no reports of major problems with the newer EcoBoost units either.
Inside, the rear seat folding mechanism is prone to failure, while the steering wheels suffer from premature wear to their finish and can look tatty. An erratic heating or air conditioning fan means you need a new motor.
Noises from the front suspension are normally worn anti-roll bar links, while if the car doesn’t sit straight on a level surface, it could be a cracked front spring. Check the wheels too — for some reason Fiesta alloy wheels are prone to buckling out of shape.
Other Things to Know
Then there’s the best one — the ST. Fitted with a 190hp 1.6-litre turbo engine, the ST has been, since its launch, the reference, the benchmark, the go-to car when it comes to buying something small and fast. With almost perfect steering and handling balance, it is riotously good to drive, and yet is still a practical and sensible Fiesta under the skin. Hugely recommended if you can afford the insurance.
And when you’ve found your perfect used Ford Fiesta don’t forget to get it history checked by an expert mechanic.
The IT Car Sales in Inverness have stocks of used Ford Fiesta of different year makes. All are in good condition and properly maintained. There’s an expert sales executive too to assist you in finding the right variant so take advantage of their service so you won’t have any regrets in your purchase.
Schedule a tripping with IT Car Sales today to see other car units.
Second-hand car buying shouldn’t be too difficult when you know where to buy and what to buy.