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Best used sports cars of 2024

It’s all well and good having a car that’s comfortable and spacious but, if we’re honest with ourselves, many of us would rather be at the wheel of a nippy sports car scything down a scenic B road.

There are some brilliant sporty cars on sale, and going for a used one can save you quite a lot of cash compared to a new model. Here are the 10 best second-hand sports cars on sale.

Mazda MX-5

1. Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5 review
Porsche 911
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2. Porsche 911

Porsche 911 review
Porsche 718 Cayman

3. Porsche 718 Cayman

Porsche 718 Cayman review
Toyota GT86

4. Toyota GT86

Toyota GT86 review
BMW 2 Series (2014-2021)

5. BMW 2 Series

BMW 2 Series (2014-2021) review

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Jaguar F-Type Coupe (2014-2020)

6. Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar F-Type Coupe (2014-2020) review
Audi TT

7. Audi TT

Audi TT review
Ford Mustang

8. Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang review
BMW i8

9. BMW i8

BMW i8 review
Abarth 124 Spider

10. Abarth 124 Spider

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Advice about used sports cars

Used sports cars FAQs

All the usual car checks apply to buying a used sports car, such as checking for any damage and trying to find models with a comprehensive service history.

However, sports cars are more likely to be driven harder than regular cars, so give consumables such as the brakes a thorough check as they might be worn, while if the previous owner has fitted budget tyres, be wary of what else they may have scrimped on.

The Mazda MX-5 has a fantastic reputation for reliability, though cheaper, older models do have a tendency to rust, so keep an eye out for this. The Audi TT is another sports car with a reputation for not going wrong, as is the BMW 2 Series. Note that the latter two models come from premium manufacturers, so if something does go wrong, it could cost more to put right.

Again, the obvious answer here is Mazda MX-5. Prices have gone up in recent years but you can still find cars in need of TLC for less than £1,000. We’d recommend doubling that budget at the very least, though, unless you like working on your cars, while £5,000 will get you a solid example.

Other excellent used sports cars for those on a lower budget include the Toyota MR2 and Audi TT, while the Porsche Boxster is a great way to own a Porsche sports car for less than you might expect.

Any car that has been well looked after can be a joy to drive and own. However, there are some models with a reputation for being troublesome. The Mazda RX-8 is one such car. Its rotary engine is fantastic, but has unique needs that not all owners are aware of, leading to poor maintenance that results in a reputation for going pop.

It’s also a good idea to avoid older luxury brands unless you’re willing to take the risk that if something goes wrong, it will likely cost a lot to fix. Luxury sports cars come with luxury sports car running costs, even if they’ve reached city car prices on the forecourt.