It’s one thing to buy a car that is cheap and cost-effective as part of the initial purchase, but you should also think about the later costs of running your car. A vehicle that has a low opening price but ends up costing an arm and a leg to manage on a regular basis is not ideal, and a car with high costs from start to finish should be avoided at all costs. The best cars to buy long-term are those that require minimal costs for day-to-day management after the initial purchase, and so we’ve picked out a few vehicles here that are of a minimal price to keep ticking over in the months and years after you buy it.


We’ll start off with the Dacia Duster. We’re sure that you have seen Dacia’s clever marketing and advertising to promote the car which plays off the classic Queen song “Another One Bites The Dust” so that actors instead say “Another Ones Buys The Duster”. But you may not know that the Dacia Duster is very cheap to run once it’s in your collection, and some have suggested that it can actually save you thousands of pounds in the long run compared to its competitors. That’s an enormous difference by any measure, and if you weren’t sure on the Duster beforehand, having this knowledge to hand could be pivotal if you want a car that is inexpensive to manage.


Next up is the Suzuki Celerio. This may be less familiar, but it’s no less a force on the road, delivering a great driving experience and, as per the theme of this article, keeping running costs down. In particular, the key drawing point of the Celerio from a pricing standpoint is the fact that it emits less than 100 gm/km of carbon dioxide (CO2), which under the new laws that we discussed not too long ago in another article, ensure that the car does not require you to pay road tax. Considering that road tax costs can be pretty hefty for a lot of vehicles, the fact that the Celerio won’t require you to pay anything in this regard is eye-catching, and makes the Celerio a great car for a truly low long-term price.


Finally, we recommend the Kia Picanto. It’s a sleek, cosy, intimate vehicle that is both tailored towards small families and sporty drivers, and the driving experience is as smooth as you could ask for. And what’s more, its running costs are very cheap too: with low depreciation, the vehicle will ultimately end up saving you a lot of money over the coming years. It is also suggested that should you opt for a Picanto that has a 1.0 engine, you will end up saving even more, though the alternative 1.25 engine at a slightly higher long-term cost will enhance your time behind the wheel. Either way, it’s low-cost for high-quality with the Kia Picanto.

So, these are our top picks when it comes to cars that are amongst the cheapest to run without compromising the standard of the vehicles. Over 95% of our stock can be acquired on a no deposit finance deal with unbeatable low rates. Want to know more? You can play around with our handy finance calculator to find some great cars finance deals on our economical used cars portfolio? Call us on 01925 599079.

As part of our services we deliver the car to your premises of choice within the UK. Lately we have delivered cars in most major towns including the Southern cities & midlands: (LondonBirminghamLeicester), Northern cities (ManchesterLiverpoolSheffieldLeedsNewcastle), and Scottish cities (EdinburghGlasgow).