Dear lazyweb, it's been 4 years
since I last needed your help in this way, but the cantankerous old beast that I bought from tiggothy
has finally developed a fault that is too inconvenient (in that that car won't actually go any more) to live with, and more expensive than I'm willing to pay (more than half the current value of the car) to fix.
To give it it's due, it's 12 years old, done 220,000miles, and survived at least one accident. Also, it's been giving me hints for some time that it was getting ready to retire. I think the fuel pump dying is its way of saying that it really has had enough, and that I should stop being wilfully oblivious to its quirks and creaks. Also, it's been considerate enough to die just before
the tax was due for renewal, so I have to thank it for that.
The previous post still has plenty of great advice on searching for a car at dealerships (thankyou everyone who contributed!), so I don't need much along those lines unless the state of second-hand car dealerships has changed much in four years.
However, if anyone has a car for sale, or knows someone they trust who has a car for sale, I'd be grateful if you'd let me know. I'm looking for something basic, roughly 4-5 years old with 40-50k miles on the clock, which I can mostly use for my daily commute (~45 mile round trip). Although I'm happy to consider newer/older vehicles.