I'm in a bit of a pickle, my car of 8 years has been written off after I got rear ended at 30mph while sitting in traffic the other day, I have a hire car through my insurer at the moment but I need to start looking for a new car. The problem is, I will be getting a new car next March when the lease on my Dad's car (paid for through his work) is up as I will be getting it for a stonking price and even though it has a fairly high mileage for a 3 year old car it has been fully serviced. I figure the best option is to buy privately, and ideally I want to do this as cheaply as possible, but will realistically have a budget of around £1000, maybe up to £1500 depending on how much I get as a settlement for my car (unlikely to be more than £500). I don't really know where to start looking though, so does anyone have any recommendations for a car which will be: - cheap to run (fuel economy) and insure as possible (my last car was a 1L Corsa, so pretty much anything will be an upgrade anyway) - reliable, something which won't be likely to develop faults over the winter as I don't want to be forking out loads in repairs and won't be able to afford to buy another car - retain strong resale value over the next year or so I'm not really fussed about the size as it will only be used as a daily runaround for now, I just want the best for the money I have (I know I won't get a lot with my budget but I don't think it's worth spending that much on a car I am going to sell 8 months down the line anyway). Even recommendations on cars to avoid would be appreciated!