Continuing our hunt for value buys, we focus on four bargain-priced models which are no longer available as new 2009 promises to be hectic for car launches.

The latest Volkswagen Golf takes a bow this week and later in the month comes the next-generation Ford Ka, plus an all-new small car from Alfa Romeo, the Mito.

But here we’re to focus on models that are no longer current. Because, in the hunt for used-car value, these can be the best to bag. And our scan of what's for sale on turned up some winners.

Only £1000 to spend? See our advice on buying a bargain not a banger.

Need a loan? Read our guide to car finance Let’s start with the Golf. The latest one is a subtle update of what went before and it leaves the previous model still looking fresh and modern. And buying a year-old example like ours here means scooping a perfect car and saving more than £3000 on its asking price when new.

Going for a Match like this car means alloy wheels and air conditioning comes a standard, while six airbags and anti-lock brakes are there, too. And while the 1.9 diesel in this one is noisy it feels powerful for its 105bhp, while returning up to 56.5 miles per gallon of diesel.

Our 2008, 08-registered example had covered 9904 miles and was sold by Listers VW in Evesham, Worcester.

Search for a Golf Moving on to the Ford Ka, we found a current-shape Luxury Ka for £6477 at Peoples Ford, Bootle. As the name hints, this is a top-flight version of the three-door city runabout. Leather seats, air conditioning and alloy wheels comes as standard, and this 2007, 57-reg example has covered fewer than 4000 miles.

What’s more, the car’s sold with a Ford Direct warranty, which means an independent pre-sale inspection and any faults found will be fixed.

See more Ford Kas.

If you need a car that’s a little bigger, but hardly costs more, the previous-shape Renault Clio will fit the ticket.

The new Clio has been on sale for two years but alongside it the past model has continued, badged as the Campus.

We came across one such at Trenton Renault, Hull. With just delivery miles, this 2008, 58-registered 1.2 three-door was up for £6995, saving £1100 on list price.

The Campus may lack such treats as air conditioning or alloy wheels but it still packs remote locking and electric front windows. For that money, it’s a good buy.

Search for a Renault Clio

Last, if you fancy stepping up to a luxury car but only have family-car money, there’s a remedy.

The Manchester branch of supermarket The Car People had a Jaguar S-type – the car replaced a year ago by the acclaimed XF saloon – for £11,995.

This example had a 2.7-litre turbodiesel engine – similar to the XF’s – was 2005, 55-registered and had covered just 25,000 miles. At under half what this leather and wood-cabined car cost when new, this looked a tremendous buy.

See more Jaguar S-types

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Stephen Jury


January 5, 2009

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