I got incredibly lucky with my first car. Chanced it at a small, independent seller on a £1000, 07, Ford Fiesta 5/6 years ago with 30 odd thousand miles. Abused the thing, never serviced it, absolutely nothing had changed since I bought it except pads, one disk and a few tyres. Didn't give a crap about it as I knew the dogs would ruin it and that was it's main purpose. Yet despite half a decade of neglect, at 105,000 miles it has lasted well beyond my expectations. Approaching the end of my masters course, it's time to get something a little nicer, but I'm also skint having spunked tens of thousands on my degree. Looking for a reliable second hand purchase, I'm not fussed about power, just want a compact hatchback that is comfortable, decent to drive and has some decent features around £4500-£5000 (mostly city diving with motorway driving to and from uni). But most importantly it needs to be a safe way to buy. What's the best way to ensure you get a good deal on a second hand car and what should you look for from the seller to suggest they are keen to amend any issues you may have (Warranty, AA certificates etc) I'm not a car guy so honestly no idea. Looking at older Polo, Focus and Fiestas at the moment but narrowing them down is a pain.