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Estate cars are some of the best all-rounders you can buy. You get a driving experience that’s almost indistinguishable from that of a saloon or hatchback, but with more space for your luggage, family and/or pets – and often with lower running costs than SUVs bring, too. Below are some of the best second hand estate cars worthy of making your shortlist.
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When buying any used car it’s a good idea to give it a once over, checking for any signs of damage to the wheels, bodywork and interior. You should also check it drives straight and true without any unusual sounds.
If they have been used for transporting pets or a lot of luggage, there could be more wear and tear in the boot than you’d normally expect, so double check this before buying.
Both the Skoda Superb and Octavia Estates are fantastic value for money. That’s because they have the biggest boots in their class with solid reliability and well-built interiors. However, the Skoda badge doesn’t command a premium, meaning you can get a great deal.
Reliability is important in any used car and while it’s impossible to guarantee, you can minimise the risk of something going wrong by leaning towards cars that have an extensive service history, as this shows they’ve been looked after. Some companies, such as Toyota and Kia, offer long warranties that can be transferred between owners.
Most estate cars will make for a useful camping companion because the large boot should easily accommodate your tents and other items required for staying out in the wilderness.
However, some cars are offered with rough road versions. They’re rarely true off-roaders, but the likes of the Volvo V60 Cross Country and Ford Focus Estate Active get a raised ride height and extra bodywork protection that make them ideal for heading off the beaten track.
There aren’t any models in particular that you should avoid, but reliability risks increase with age and mileage. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should steer clear of high mileage cars, though. It just means you might want a little extra paperwork to go with it.
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