Luxury used-car bargains – the best second-hand deals

Want a slice of the high life? Fancy parking a luxury car on your drive? Well, the good news is it might cost as much as think if you shop for a used car. In fact, you might only have to pay a tiny fraction of the original list price.

We scoured Facebook Marketplace to find 15 awesome luxury cars that you can pick up for peanuts. Well, relatively speaking…

We’ve ranked them by the percentage saving over the original list price, so the higher the ranking, the bigger the saving. Although, in a few cases there’s a reason or two why these cars are so cheap. Read on to find out more…

15. 2014 Tesla Model S

The ground-breaking electric Model S is hugely desirable on the used market. But even so, we found a mid-range 85 model with an asking price of just £30,000. New, it set back its owner £75,000. It has done 120,000, but it looks good in dark blue and comes with free access to the Supercharger network (new Teslas don’t).

Taxi drivers around the world have proven the Model S can rack up monster mileage with few complaints, but they are prone to electrical gremlins.

14. 2009 Porsche Panamera S

Here’s a super-saloon for the price of an entry-model mid-size hatchback: just £18,990. This Panamera S has a 4.8-litre V8 engine producing 400hp and a top speed of 177mph. The one we found had loads of options on it too, so the original owner will have paid a lot more than the £81,000 list price.

You either love or hate the styling, but there is no doubting that the rear-wheel-drive chassis gives brilliant handling. And there is enough space inside to use it as a family car. You can’t say that about many Porsches.

13. 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom

A used Rolls-Royce Phantom is still an expensive car and, indeed, the one we found is up for £74,990. But consider that a Phantom cost from £325,000 before options – and this one has a lot of options – so this used example is a bit of a bargain.

Unfortunately, there is also the potential for huge bills as well, because the Phantom is prone to problems with its air suspension. The 6.75-litre V12 engine has its issues at high mileages, too. That shouldn’t be a problem with this 57,000-miler, though, so you can just get on with enjoying one of the most fantabulous cars ever made.

12. 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

The 996 generation may be the least loved of all Porsche 911s, but any 911 is still an amazing thing to drive. And we found one up at just £11,995 – only slightly more than a new Fiat Panda. New, it cost around £56,000.

That price does reflect the car’s 127,000 miles and the fact that its engine is prone to an extremely destructive bearing failure. Get the bearing replaced though, and the car should be good for many more miles.

11. 2011 Jaguar XJ Supersport

This luxury limo is a bit of a hot rod, with a supercharged V8 under the bonnet serving up 510hp. That’s enough for a 0-60mph time of just 4.9 seconds. Revised suspension should give it athletic handling, too.

We found one, with a not-small 107,000 miles on the clock, for sale at £15,750. It cost £90k new, so this used model is a bit of a steal. It’s an awesome car, but only if everything works properly – Jaguar electrics can be flaky and the Supersport has a lot of electrics.

10. 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

James Bond never actually drove the V8 Vantage but any Aston Martin will make you feel like you’re on Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The one we found has a fair chunk of miles, with 57,000 miles on the clock, but it’s on the market for just £22,500.

Amazingly, that isn’t much more than the original owner spent on options – he or she splashed a whole £15k on carbon fibre, a sports exhaust and bigger wheels on top of the £87,000 list price. The heater controls can go expensively wrong, but the looks and handling more than make up for that.

9. 2007 Jaguar XK8

The Aston above is cheap but can get a gorgeous British GT with a roaring V8 engine for even less. We found a Jaguar XK8 for sale at just £7,995 – the same price as a Dacia Sandero. New, it cost £64,000.

Obviously, the XK8 will be more expensive to run than the Sandero. But a small Romanian hatchback won’t make you feel anywhere near as special as a Jaguar will. That’s so long as the gearbox has been serviced, however – it’s billed as sealed for life, but the fluid does need changing at least every 80,000 miles.

8. 2004 Bentley Continental GT

If you can live with the footballer jokes, there are few finer ways of travelling than the Bentley Continental GT. Especially for the £17,000 we found one on sale for. That’s just an eighth of the £136,000 the original owner paid for it.

It only has 84,000 miles on the clock, too, but that doesn’t make it immune from the myriad electric gremlins Continental GTs this age are prone to.

7. 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton V10 diesel

The Phaeton is what happens when VW’s boss decides he wants to create the best car in the world. The level of engineering and attention to detail that went into it is mind-boggling. And yet we found one on sale for just £6,000 – £47,000 less than it cost new.

Weirdly, it’s the rarest car on this list. Just 25 V10 long-wheelbase cars came to the UK. It comes loaded with gadgets but does show an intergalactic 286,000 miles on the clock. Many of which were done with Dame Shirley Bassey luxuriating in the back. You’ll struggle to find more car for the money but bear in mind that you might have trouble finding a garage with the ability to service the massively complex engine.

6. 2005 Bentley Continental Flying Spur

The saloon version of the Continental GT (or the Bentley version of the Phaeton, depending on who you ask) was one of the best luxury saloons in the world when it was launched. And one of the fastest, with a top speed that nudged 200mph.

It has a deeply indulgent interior, too, though the styling isn’t to everyone’s taste. That might be how we found one up for just £15,000. That means every one of its 85,000 miles has cost £1.39 in depreciation from the original price of £133,000. Though it looks like a bargain, be warned that Flying Spurs are just as prone to electrical issues as the Continental GT and it has more stuff to go wrong.

5. 2007 Audi S8

Shoehorning a supercar engine into a limousine is always a good idea, as Audi proved when it shoved the Lamborghini Gallardo’s 5.2-litre V10 under the bonnet of the A8 to create the S8. With 450hp, it’s seriously quick and sounds fabulous. Predictably, it’s fabulously expensive to run because access for servicing in the engine bay is poor at best, so loads of stuff has to be stripped out even for otherwise simple tasks.

That might explain why we found a 120,000-miler on sale at just £8,995. There could be some costly jobs just around the corner, but what a thing it is to rip around in. Especially as you’ll have paid £73k less than the original owner.

4. 2007 Mercedes-AMG S63

Here’s another limo with supercar-bothering pace. It also has one of the most charismatic engines ever built in Merc’s 6.2-litre V8. In the S63 it produces 518hp, enough for a 0-62mph time of just 4.6 seconds. And it comes loaded with tech that was cutting edge in 2007.

And, you get all that for just £11,400 –90% off the original price. Watch out for white exhaust smoke, though. The engine is prone to stretching the cylinder head bolts, which can lead to catastrophic failure.

3. 2006 Maserati Quattroporte GTS

Here’s perhaps the ultimate supercar-engined limo. The 440hp, 4.2-litre V8 in the Quattroporte GTS was developed by none other than Ferrari. And we found one for sale for just £8,500, against an original list price of £85,000. The blue interior won’t be to everyone’s taste and you have to wonder why this one has recently had a full respray.

They are prone to clutch issues, too. But look at this way: you pay for a FERRARI engine and get a good-looking, fine-handling limo thrown in for free.

2. 2003 Range Rover V8

The L322 generation Range Rover is still one of the most luxurious and useful cars you can buy. Especially when you can pick one up for as little as £3,200. New, it cost £68,000.

They are notorious for problems with gearboxes and air suspension systems but, fortunately, both have recently been fully serviced on this one. Which probably cost more than the seller is now asking for it…

1. Lexus LS430

Bizarrely, the car that tops this list (the car that will now cost you the smallest percentage of its original list price) is the car least likely to give any serious issues. Lexus’s reputation for quality is well-earned and the LS was engineered and built with minute attention to detail.

With the optional Technology Pack fitted to the one we found, it comes with gadgets that a lot of cars still don’t even have today. And you can buy all that for just £2,700. That’s £63,000 less than it cost new. It still won’t be cheap to run though – a 4.3-litre V8 will always be thirsty and quite expensive to service.

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