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if you're buying a used car, reliability will be at the top of your list.

We take a look at the cars that won't cost you the earth in repairs, even second or third hand.

October 22nd 2018 info review

When it comes to buying a second hand car it can be difficult to tick the boxes for both reliability and value, which is why we've put together a list encompassing both for you to choose from.

Skoda Yeti

It might not be to everyone's taste looks wise but, as with so many recent Skodas, the Yeti is an extremely reliable vehicle - one that doesn't break the bank either. Despite actually now being discontinued, there are still plenty of good used Yetis available; the SE model's mix of performance and functionality make it the pick of the bunch when it comes to choosing a trustworthy family SUV.

Suzuki Alto

No longer on the production line now that the Celerio is on the scene, but you can still pick up Altos for very good value at one of trusted dealerships. This small 5-door is low on emissions, offers low tax and great fuel economy. The Alto is perfect for city living and is equally as nippy on open roads as it is around town. Thanks to the long-term savings on tax and fuel, you'll need to look a little harder for a used Suzuki Alto but when you find one, you'll be glad you did.

Lexus IS

Not only is it an absolute joy to look at, the Lexus IS is even more reliable than the compact executives from its German counterparts (yes, BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class – we're looking at you). The brand as a whole tends to undercut its German rivals, too, so you can rest assured that you're getting a really good value saloon. Available for under £20,000., the IS really is a reliable, beautifully engineered and vehicle.

Nissan Leaf

If you're looking for a great value, reliable car with the eco credentials to match, look no further than this unbe-leaf-able (sorry, we couldn't resist) little number from Nissan. What makes the Leaf a particularly reliable all-electric model, is the fact that if you choose to lease a battery, then you benefit from a lifetime battery guarantee, as well as a lower initial purchase price. Meaning you not only get more mileage for your money, but more peace of mind, too.

Ford Focus Hatchback

As Britain's third best-selling new car, there are already many used models readily available. Its popularity means you can pick up one up second-hand at a reasonable price. Due to the abundance of these models on the roads parts come fairly cheap, meaning that repair costs should be kept to a minimum. So if you're after a dependable all-rounder that offers performance, comfort and bang for buck, you should definitely focus your efforts on a Focus .

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