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The Cheapest Cars to Repair and Insure in the UK

Almost everyone is interested in paying less for auto insurance. There are some things that drivers simply can’t do anything about, like their age, but having the right type of car can actually be a money saving double whammy. Remember that insurers calculate your premiums based on how risky and expensive they think you’re going to be for them, so cars with lower repair costs are typically cheaper to insure. And if you are interested in buying replacement car parts online and doing some basic repairs yourself, obviously a vehicle with lower repair costs is going to save you money directly, too.

Now, if you’ve already got your car and won’t be in the market for a new one for the foreseeable future, you’ll just have to make do with what you’ve got and try to save money by doing your own repairs, if possible, and finding other ways to save money on auto insurance. You can always play around with any optional cover your policy has, take on a higher voluntary excess, or get married if you’re single (just kidding).

Without further ado, here are the cheapest cars to repair and insure in the UK.

Top 5 cheapest car models to repair and insure

  1. Toyota Yaris: it’s cheap, safe, and has a very low cost to insure and repair. Being a huge international brand like Toyota makes it easy to get access to spare parts on the cheap. It’s a little small, so it might be a bit cramped if you have to fiddle around with anything under the bonnet, but these cars usually aren’t very complicated.
  2. Kia Rio: a great, inexpensive family car. This is another brand that will have cheap replacement parts that will be fairly easy to find.
  3. Renault Twingo: a super compact yet attractive automobile that is also super affordable. However, if you plan on doing your own car repairs on your Renault, be prepared for a challenge, as European cars tend to pack everything in quite tight and make it hard to access certain components.
  4. Volkswagen Up: like the Twingo, this is an all-around economical option with low costs of repairs and insurance. Being a German brand, though, you’d better be prepared to pull everything apart to get to the part you’re after if you’re trying to fix or replace anything under the bonnet.
  5. Hyundai i10: cheap and high quality, this is a great first car that won’t be cost prohibitive to insure just because a driver is under 25. Plus, Hyundai has been pretty good about organising the engine bay well, making it a fairly easy make for trying DIY repairs.

The good news is, many websites offer great deals on spare car parts even if your vehicle isn’t on this list of the cheapest models to repair and insure.

How to Make Your Used Car like New Again

If you’ve recently purchased a used vehicle or you’re getting ready to sell an older car, you’ll want to make it as “new” seeming as possible whether because you want to sell it or because you want to enjoy it and the previous owner didn’t do the job for you.

Clean, Clean, Clean

Clean like you’ve never cleaned before! This is a pretty obvious first step but it’s also the one most people choose to overlook. Sure they’ll give it a quick once over but I’m talking about the kind of clean where you scrub down the entire car, shampoo the carpets and upholstery, even the roof if you think it needs it. Of course the first step in this first step is removing all the rubbish that’s piled up over time within the car. Check every nook and cranny because you’re certain to find things you didn’t even know you’d lost.

Replacements

If the heavy duty clean didn’t quite do the trick, you may need to consider replacing the floor mats and even purchasing some seat covers to hide some of those tough stains. Another replacement should be your windshield wipers. Anyone that lives anywhere with wild weather knows just how important a good set of windshield wipers are. You should be cleaning them once a week with a good microfiber cloth anyway and use a windshield treatment to keep them in good working condition to reduce the amount of times you’ll need to get them replaced.

Flush All the Fluids

When was the last time you flushed every fluid in your car? Probably never. Power steering fluid, as it’s petroleum based will break down and lose effectiveness over time, meaning you’ll need to flush it and give it an extra boost with a power steering tune up to give your used car  a little help. Your brake fluid also needs to go but this one you hopefully already know about. This should be done every other year to keep your brakes in good working order. Then of course there’s your motor oil, transmission oil, antifreeze and differential fluid.

De-odorise the Air Conditioning

That’s right. If you’re looking at purchasing a used vehicle one of the best things you can possibly do is to find a place, detail shops commonly do them, that will de-odorise your a/c system for you. The vents, cabin air filter (if used) and vacuum system all get a clean. The drain tubes also get unclogged (which I can assure you they are) and everything gets disinfected. No more mouldy odours that are doing you and your passengers harm. You can actually unclog the drain tubes yourself if you can find them but it’s a very messy job and one that’s certainly worth handing your car over to the experts for.

Hopefully these tips will help you not only make your used car seem like new again but also keep you enjoying your used vehicle for years to come.